Germany’s Devin Braune recorded his third victory in the World eX Championship – the esports racing series promoting climate protection – as his teammate Chris Overend sealed a 1-2 for the successful Belgian GT and sportscar team.
Overend became the first disabled driver to reach the Final in the World eX Championship. The Brit only uses his hands for racing – both in the real and virtual worlds. He recently made history by winning the (real-world) Britcar Trophy Championship with James Whitley. They became the first all-disabled team to win a national racing series.
“I’m really stoked with how tonight went, really excited to get into the Super Final,” said Chris Overend after finishing just 0.013 seconds behind teammate Devin Braune in a photo finish – the closest in history of the World eX Championship beating the old record from the 2021 Maastricht eX Prix by 0.005 seconds.
Overend’s second place in the Indy eX Prix ensured that both WRT cars now qualify for the Super Final at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on December 20.
A wonderful drive
The disabled driver showed good speed on the oval from the start. He qualified fourth as the fastest PRO racing driver and won Quarter Final 1 after a fierce battle with almost every other car in the belt.
Overend dropped from P2 to the back of the field on the first lap of the Semi Final but recovered to fifth as the best placed PRO racing driver and thus progressed to the Final.
Devin Braune took his third pole position of the season on his final lap in Qualifying using a slipstream of three cars in front of him to set the fastest time and reach nearly 400 km/h on the start-finish straight.
The German was involved in a tense three-car battle for victory in the ESPORTS racers Quarter Final which was won by Jiri Toman despite rolling his ACER VERO R8G eX ZERO on the finish straight after contact with Braune .
Starting the Semi Final from row three of the grid, Braune quickly moved to the front, fighting for P1 with ACER VERO R8G’s Risto Kappet. They crossed the finish-line side by side separated by just 0.038 seconds.
Chris Overend passed Devin Braune on the first of two laps of the final 2-lap shoot-out but was unable to hold off his teammate going into Turn 3 on the final lap. The disabled driver tried to use the slipstream to regain the lead on the start-finish-straight but was overtaken by P1 in the blink of an eye.
It was the third victory of the season for Devin Braune who achieved an impressive seventh consecutive World eX Championship podium. “What a day for WRT,” said Braune. “I believe now it can be concluded that we both have good control of the car.” The
The 1,000 hp all-electric eX ZERO prototypes began to slide at highspeed through the four corners of the famous oval in the final laps.
Risto Kappet completed the podium in P3 for Romain Grosjean’s ACER VERO R8G team. Jiri Toman and Elliot Vayron added to the French outfit’s strong results finishing fourth and seventh.
Rory MacDuff was fifth for Patrick Long Esports. The young American lost P4 to Jiri Toman right at the finish line.
MacDuff’s teammate Henry Drury showed a strong pace at Indy, finishing the PRO racing drivers’ Quarter Final in second place before crashing out in the Semi Final, also collecting NIANCO’s Thomas Schmid in the incident.
Last year’s surprise Indy eX Prix winner Nicolas Hildebrand finished sixth in the sole entry from Biela Racing Team EURONICS.
BS+COMPETITION endured a tough day. Beitske Visser took the lead in the Semi Final before being tapped out in a spectacular crash by Jiri Toman. Visser’s Teammate Alen Terzic was eliminated from the Quarter Final after his car broke down at the start.
2021 World Champion Martin Stefanko from Williams Esports and TK9’s Lasse Sørensen were other surprising casualties in the Quarter Finals.
The German eX Prix at the Nürburgring on December 20 will be the last chance for Williams Esports, Absolute Racing, Patrick Long Esports and Biela Racing Team EURONICS to qualify for the Super Final at the Nordschleife which takes place after the last regular round. Esports Team WRT, TK9 E-SPeeD, ACER VERO R8G, BS+COMPETITION and NIANCO Esports have at least one car qualified for the World Championship decider.