eROC champion among qualifiers from second week of F1 eSports

The inaugural eROC champion Enzo Bonito is among the qualifiers for the next stage of Formula 1's second eSports season

eROC champion among qualifiers from second week of F1 eSports

Bonito, who is a simulator driver for current Formula E championship leader Techeetah, dominated the Baku PC race to book his place in the Pro Draft - where all F1 teams expect Ferrari will pick drivers to represent them for the main section of the season.

Frederik Rasmussen became the fourth member of Fernando Alonso's team to earn his place in the Pro Draft after he edged Formula Ford champion Graham Carroll for second position.

Only the top three on each platform advanced meaning Jan Fehler, who started the race last of the 10 drivers, missed out on qualification in fourth along with Formula E Las Vegas eRace winner Bono Huis, who finished fifth for the second race in succession.

Dominik Hofmann triumphed in a titanic two-way tussle with Michal Smidl to take victory in the 13-lap PS4 race.

The duo's battle wasn't the only action with multiple instances of wheel-to-wheel racing from the field, which included 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup driver Jarno Opmeer - a former member of the Renault Sport Academy.

Amos Laurito, who is a superfan of ex-F1 driver Adrian Sutil, booked his place in the Pro Draft in style by charging through the field to third place from eighth on the grid.

Dutch teenager Allert van der Wal controlled the Xbox race to beat Cedric Thome by 2.147 seconds.

"It feels great to finally get through to the Pro Draft. It wasn't my best performance but I just had to keep it out of the barriers and bring it home," van der Wal told Autosport.

"Last year I wasn't happy with the result, so I want to show what I'm really capable of this year."

Thome also admitted it felt "amazing" to qualify for the Pro Draft, especially after he believed he was unlucky not to qualify from the first week of qualifiers.

Nathan Moore became the 21st driver to secure his position in the next stage, taking third place after a five-car pile-up at the castle section meant just six of the 10 drivers finished on the lead lap of the race.

Two weeks of qualifying remain with rounds taking place at the Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix circuits.

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