Bánki extends title edge with Japan Esports WTCR OSCARO success
Bence Bánki leads the Esports WTCR OSCARO Multiplayer Championship from RaceRoom standings by 47 points after taking his Honda to victory for the Oscaro eSports by SDL team in the opening race at a virtual Suzuka on Sunday evening. Jaroslav Honzik won Race 2 as Péter Suborits proved the man to beat on server two.
Qualifying: Bánki keeps up impressive form
Bánki built on his pre-qualifying pace to put his Honda on pole position, followed by fellow Oscaro eSports driver Redoine Messaoud, who built a useful cushion between his team-mate and Kevin Siggy Rebernak (Hyundai) from the EDGE Esports squad.
Division 1, Race 1: Victory to Slovakia as Bánki triumps
At the start, Bánki kept the lead ahead of Messaoud and Rebernak, while Kévin Leaune shot up to fourth thanks to a rapid getaway. And Leaune was soon putting pressure on Rebernak, attempting a move at the end of the first lap. A slight push on Rebernak resulted Rebernak doing likewise at the next corner, which allowed Nikodem Wisniewski and Alexander Dornieden to close in. There was contact between Wisniewski and Dornieden on the start finish straight before things came to a head at Turn 1. Leaune pushed Rebernak off the track, while Wisniewski went wide himself and was then tagged by Dornieden who almost spun. Rebernak dropped out of the top 10 as a result, leaving Bánki and Messaoud with a big lead out front. Leaune and Dornieden continued in third and fourth respectively, now followed by Attila Dencs, the impressive Michael Rächl and Jaroslav Honzik. Rebernak found himself in a battle with Florian Hasse and Norbert Leitner outside of the top 10. In the battle for fifth, Honzik misjudged his braking on lap and went into the back of Rächl, who dropped to P18, while Honzik continued in P10. Ahead of Honzik, Jan Stange, Moritz Löhner and Gergo Baldi were now in the top 10 and chasing Wisniewski. Dornieden, meanwhile, went past Leaune with an assertive move at the first corner. Out in front, Messaoud was staying close to Bánki but never attempted an overtake. Rebernak briefly moved into the top 10 nearing the end of the race, only for Honzik to re-pass him a few corners later. But Bánki emerged as the winner, becoming the first driver to win twice in the top split. Messaoud and Dornieden completed the podium ahead of Leaune, Wisniewski, Löhner, Dencs and Stange.
Division 1, Race 2: Honzik survives late Baldi move
Baldi and Honzik filled the front row for Race 2 with Rebernak P11 and Hasse P14. Honzik and Baldi both made great starts, while Stange and Dencs held third and fourth. Leaune was up to fifth and on a mission on the opening laps, passing both Dencs and Stange with two brilliant moves. Further back, Dornieden overtook Wisniewski, who then got tangled up with Messaoud on lap 4. Bánki, Rebernak and Leitner went through, only for Leitner to go off on the same lap. As the race progressed, Honzik and Baldi pulled out a gap of two seconds on Leaune. Löhner pulled the same move on Stange as Leaune did on lap six and moved up to fourth. Dornieden came under increasing pressure from Bánki, who made his move stick at Turn 1 on lap nine. Dornieden tried his best to regain the position but went off one lap later braking for the chicane. Baldi waited until the final lap to try to snatch the lead from Honzik but ended up locking his brakes for the hairpin and going wide, losing all chances of the win in the process. Honzik therefore took his second victory of the season for the Actrollvision Thrustmaster Honda team, ahead of Baldi and Leaune. Löhner, Stange, Bánki, Rebernak, Dornieden, Messaoud and Wisniewski completed the top 10.
Division 2: Suborits wins, Ficza stars
Péter Suborits dominated in his Hyundai, while the battle between former WTCC driver Ferenc Ficza and simracer Nicolas Kevorkian raged for several laps, until they both went off in synchrony at the first corner. Benedek and Luding took advantage to move ahead, but it would get worse for Ficza, who went off into the barriers in Degner 1 a few laps later. Suborits took the victory ahead of Benedek, Kevorkian, Luding and Adam Pinczes.
Bence ‘banks’ the points to keep leading
With his Suzuka results, Bánki now holds a comfortable championship lead of 47 points. Jan Stange is second in his Impact Racing Audi, but only two points ahead of Dornieden and four in front of Honzik. Rebernak and Hasse are fifth respectively.
Next race: Shanghai, the penultimate event of the season, is next on 4 November. Click here to register for pre-qualifying.
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