Essa unstoppable at Sebring

Zaahir Essa, of nFinity eSports, dominated proceedings by securing pole-position for Race 1 and winning both races at the Sebring Circuit in the U.S.A.

Essa started Race 1 well, timing his rolling start to perfection to immediately pull away from the frantic battle for 2nd position between Björn Hehmann, Chris Browne and debutant Jason Absmeier. Tony Liddell enjoyed a successful qualifying session to earn himself a 5th place grid slot, unfortunately during the opening lap Liddell’s Porsche and Johannes Coetsee’s Ferrari made contact sending the Porsche into a off-track spin and back to 10th position. Meanwhile Michal Kowalik manged to pull off a exciting move to pass Team DNF’s Brad du Plesses for 4th position. Later during the opening lap Venom Racing’s Björn Hehmann went wide at Cunningham Corner, allowing Browne and Meier passed for 2nd and 3rd position. Soon afterwards Absmeier was able to overtake Browne who was slowed by Hehmann’s moment, this set the stage for an almighty battle between Absmeier and Browne for 2nd position. Michal Kowalik and Brad du Plessis continued there extremely well matched battle throughout the race for 4th, what later became the last remaining podium position, which was ultimately won by Kowalik.

Debutant Absmeier held his own by fending off current championship leader Browne until lap 11 when he spun his Gumpert Apollo while navigating Sunset Bend. Absmeier was unfortunate to drop back to 6th position going on to finish in 5th, which was made possible after BT Racing’s Björn Buchner and Björn Hehmann made contact sending them both off track.

Zaahir Essa was able to keep clear of all the action behind him and to pull away for a unchallenged victory for Race 1.

The reverse grid rule for Race 2 translated to Absmeier starting in pole position. However  the man to watch was Race 1’s winner Zaahir Essa, who started in 5th position. After Turn 1 with light contact with Kowalik, Essa was through to 2nd position. du Plessis pulled a great move on Kowalik to earn 3rd position, tucking in behind Zaahir Essa. Hehmann and Kowalik were extremely close together through the high speed Collier Corner, a abrupt end to the fight was expected but somehow they managed to avoid contact. Meanwhile Essa made a unsuccessful move on Absmeier through Sunset Bend as he went wide allowing Absmeier back through into the lead. Absmeier was only holding off the inevitable as Essa passed him on the approach to the Turn 7 hairpin. The battle between Essa and Absmeier caused the field to concertina which set the seen for some very close racing throughout the race.

Absmeier in particular battled with pace as he found himself being passed by du Plessis and Kowalik. Absmeier then found himself in a great bumper to bumper battle for 8th position against Coetsee, Muller and Liddell. It was Muller who won the battle in the end.

Zaahir Essa once again displayed his unwavering ability to dominantly win both races without a single challenger.

Race Videos:

Race 1

Race 2

Results:

Race 1

Race 1

Race 2

Race 2

About Jason Holden-Jones (385 Articles)
Jason, fueled by his passion for Sim Racing, Motorsport and Entrepreneurship, is working to, not only establish Sim Racing as a major eSport in South Africa, but also to establish sim racing as a grass-roots gateway to 'real world' Motorsport. Jason is the founder and owner of Sim Race South Africa - www.simracesa.co.za. Contact Jason by email: jason@simracesa.co.za

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