Real-world rally driver wins WRX Invitational Esports event

Swedish rally driver Mattias Adielsson beat two of the top virtual rallycross drivers to win the first World Rallycross Esports Invitational at the Catalunya RX circuit

Real-world rally driver wins WRX Invitational Esports event

In partnership with Motorsport Games, the series launched with a grid of 20 drivers for the opening round, including reigning real-life World RX champion Timmy Hansen and two-time champion Johan Kristoffersson.

Adielsson, who is no stranger to sim racing, lined up in the five-driver final alongside DiRT Rally 2.0 World Series champion Killian Dall'olmo and another sim racer, Lukas Mateja.

They were joined by the fastest real-life World RX drivers Hansen and Kevin Abbring, who operates a business coaching professional drivers with the use of simulators.

Adielsson wrestled the race lead on the opening lap from Mateja with a forceful move in his Audi S1 and was able to maintain that position until the end of the six-lap race to win the first virtual World RX event.

Mateja failed to make taking his joker lap earlier than Adielsson work and ended up losing second place to Dall'olmo on the final lap of the race.

Pre-event favourite Dall'olmo won his semi-final but ran fifth at the start of the final after contact with Hansen at Turn 1.

Abbring beat Hansen, who dominated the second semi-final, to take fourth place as the highest-placed real-life World RX driver in the event.

Dall'olmo's brother Quentin was among the shock exits in the semi-finals, after he topped the qualification period.

He spun on the opening lap of his semi-final and reversed into the path of Kevin Hansen, earning himself a 10-second penalty and ending Kevin's chances of making the final.

Andreas Bakkerud was another big-name exit from the penultimate phase of the competition after he made door-to-door contact with Mateja on the final lap of the second semi-final and dropped to fifth place.

Although Bakkerud believed he was "punted off" by Mateja, the stewards decided on no further action.

The contact between the pair promoted Adielsson into second and proved to be the critical factor in the Swedish rally driver making it to the final.

Kristoffersson's World RX return proved to be a disaster with multiple technical issues meaning he had little chance of progressing past the qualifiers. Also plagued by internet issues was two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider.

The next World RX Esports Invitational event on Codemasters' DiRT Rally 2.0 is currently scheduled to take place on 3 May at the virtual Montalegre circuit in Portugal.

shares
comments
Guenther victorious in Formula E's Race at Home Challenge test race

Previous article

Guenther victorious in Formula E's Race at Home Challenge test race

Next article

Scottish players come top in study of motorsport video gamers

Scottish players come top in study of motorsport video gamers
Load comments
Analysis: How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest race Plus

Analysis: How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest race

An unlikely partnership between LMP1 privateer Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

Esports
Jun 15, 2020
How poor driving standards ruined IndyCar's golden opportunity Plus

How poor driving standards ruined IndyCar's golden opportunity

The chaotic end to the virtual Indy 175 might be dismissed as "just a game," but the insulting actions of two IndyCar stars may have serious real-life consequences

Esports
May 3, 2020
Why Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Plus

Why Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Esports
Apr 6, 2020
How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed Plus

How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed

'Natural talent' is one of the biggest misnomers going in motorsport, and that is being proven by the way real life racers aren't immediately getting on the pace with the sim racing experts in virtual contests. To change that, they are having to apply the same tools required to be quick in real life

Esports
Apr 2, 2020
Why F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Plus

Why F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Esports
Mar 24, 2020
The latest Red Bull exile to return in Esports Plus

The latest Red Bull exile to return in Esports

Since he was ejected from the programme at the end of 2006, the latest Red Bull junior driver brought back into the fold to race in Formula 1 - in a virtual sense for the inaugural Virtual GP - has had quite the career journey. From ADAC GT Masters and Porsche Supercup to Le Mans and the DTM, here's how a works pro got to relive a long-forgotten dream

Esports
Mar 24, 2020
Mercedes can be toppled in F1's other title race Plus

Mercedes can be toppled in F1's other title race

Mercedes has not only set new standards in Formula 1, but it's also created a benchmark in Esports. Now its rivals have scrambled to catch up, there's a chance the Brendon Leigh-fronted Mercedes can be stopped

Esports
Sep 10, 2019
Why World's Fastest Gamer is returning to real-world racing Plus

Why World's Fastest Gamer is returning to real-world racing

World's Fastest Gamer is a spiritual successor to the famous GT Academy. After a successful first year, it's returning to the Nissan programme's roots by targeting the real world of racing

Esports
Jul 31, 2019