Setback for Keithley, take that from dominant OSCARO Esports WTCR team!
Jack Keithley and Redoine Messaoud have been making the headlines this week as the countdown begins to the third event of the Esports WTCR OSCARO Multiplayer Championship at a virtual Zandvoort (16 September).
Keithley, the championship leader after two rounds, has been forced to miss race night on Sunday due to personal commitments. However, it’s been a different story for Frenchman Messaoud, the newcomer going fastest in pre-qualifying in his OSCARO eSports by SDL Comtoyou Audi.
Despite lacking the experience of his Esports WTCR OSCARO rivals, Messaoud set the fastest time at the Dutch track ahead of his team-mate Kévin Leaune.
Slovakia’s Bence Bánki, the championship leader after round one, put his Honda Civic in third to make it an OSCARO eSports by SDL 1-2-3, albeit with German Audi drivers Tim Heinemann (Turn1) and Jan Stange (Impact Racing Team) right behind.
It was a strong showing for Audi, which is currently winless in Esports WTCR OSCARO.
Meanwhile, the highly competitive nature of the championship was underlined with less than 0.4s covering the top 24 drivers.
Keithley actually qualified for server one and while he’ll be forced to miss Zandvoort race night, championship regulations allow for one dropped score although this will put him under huge pressure for the remainder of the seven-event season.
The Briton’s enforced absence also means that Zandvoort will provide a golden opportunity for drivers like Bánki or Stange to close the gap in the Esports WTCR OSCARO Multiplayer Championship standings, new opposition such as Redoine Messaoud permitting.