Team media day complete, pictures taken for sponsors and after the many months of planning, testing, tuning, tweaking and even more hours of team practice sessions, last Sunday the VPR team and all competing teams finally got round one of the TORA British GT eSports Championship underway at Virginia International Raceway. Without doubt, there was a huge turnout and representation put forward by all teams and the competition was thoroughly at a high standard.
VPR’s team one represented by VPR Torque and JamJar Hastings qualified in Lobby 4 whilst their third team mate, Ryanvxracing qualified for Lobby 7. Race one results for team one were as follows: VPR Torque took 10th after a collision put him down the field. JamJar Hastings took a podium 3rd place and last but not least Ryanvxracing took a very respectable 4th place in his lobby.
Race two would see all drivers starting from their race one finishing positions and still for team one it was an even better result. VPR Torque took 5th having started toward the very back of the field due to the incident from the earlier race one. JamJar Hastings took a well-deserved 1st place podium position and Ryanvxracing brought home a 4th once again in his lobby.
VPR’s team two represented by VPR AnonCaliga qualified in Lobby 8 whilst his two team mates, gman555 and Jayc1975 both qualified for Lobby 9. Race one results for team two were as follows: VPR AnonCaliga took 5th whilst Jayc1975 took another podium position for the overall team in his lobby by securing a 2nd place finishing position. Gman555 also brought home a 5th place finishing position however he soon got notified that TORA Stewards had awarded him a penalty which was challenged by the team afterwards yet the penalty was upheld.
Race two would then see VPR AnonCaliga in Lobby 8 bring home another 5th position while in Lobby 9 gman555 secured the team a 4th position and once again a third podium of the night was collected for the overall VPR team by Jayc1975 taking a 3rd place position in the final race of the evening.
VPR’s team three represented by VPR Brock who qualified for Lobby 8 managed to secure team three a 9th place finishing position in race one while his team mate, TOMWHITTY qualified alongside his overall team mates Torque and Jam for Lobby 4. TOMWHITTY appearing in his first ever outing for the Virtual Pirtek Racing team crossed the line to bring the team a finishing position of 5th place in Lobby 4.
Race two would see VPR Brock take a 6th place finishing position in his lobby while team mate TOMWHITTY took the overall teams fifth podium of the night by crossing the finish line in 3rd place in Lobby 4.
Five podium finishes by three VPR team mates over two different lobbies was a very successful night for any team competing in the opening rounds of the TORA Official British GT eSports Championship. The team championship standings after round one can be seen in the table below.
Round two of the championship gets going on Sunday 6th May with Indianapolis being the host for the championship teams and competitors.