Thrustmaster V10 R-League Moments of the Week: playoffs create magic
It’s playoff time in the V10 R-League! This means that any slight mistake could see a team eliminated from the race.
With a fund of Â£ 120,000 at stake, each team is in desperate need of making it to the next round.
With the quarter-finals and semi-finals this week, a lot of determined drivers have pushed the boundaries.
The result was an action packed race. These are the best moments of the week, brought to you by Thrustmaster.
Thome makes the clearance work
In their quarterfinal race, YAS Heat took on the dominant force of BMW.
The Germans started with Kevin Siggy and their star man immediately took the lead of the line and completed the joker’s lap in a quick fashion. Cedric Thome, who knew he had a mountain to climb, traded after the first lap for YAS Heat. It didn’t phase him though, as Thome flew through the curves of Silverstone.
Thome took the wild card and by the time Michael Romanidis replaced Siggy and stepped out of the pit lane, Thome was right next to him, and able to carry his momentum into The Loop and take the lead.
McLaren won Group B and secured a ticket straight to the V10 R-League semi-finals. There they faced a confident and fast Aston Martin team.
In the team race at Silverstone, McLaren star man James Baldwin drove through Eau Rouge and Kemmel Straight. Right behind him was Aston Martin’s Lucas Blakeley.
Using the wake and a lean rear spoiler, Blakeley was able to walk past and overtake the McLaren Shadow man, and the other green machines were right on his tail. Entering Les Combes, Baldwin made his first big mistake of the season, losing the rear and slipping away, giving Aston Martin cars an imposing lead.
The fluid nature of Silverstone just encourages close-quarters, wheel-to-wheel combat, and at the start of the relay race between Williams and Aston Martin, that’s exactly what we got.
In the Wellington straight in the first lap, Aston Martin’s Daniele Haddad managed to get the inside line over Kuba Brzezinski in Brooklands, but it turned into an outside for Luffield.
Haddad took the lead and made to cover the interior, but Brzezinski was already there.
The two touched and turned in stereo in the gravel.
Once they started over it was Brzezinski in the lead, but he got too greedy on Stowe and put him in the wall inside, Haddad only avoiding him on his way into the pits.
End Corner Drama
Williams and Aston Martin are not done there.
In the team race at Silverstone, it was Brzezinski and Shanaka Clay who entered the race. Fighting to save a draw, Brzezinski may have been trying to support Clay in his teammates. Either way, the Aston Martin driver got a flawless run from Maggots-Becketts and was all over the Williams down the Hangar Straight.
As Clay made his way outside around Stowe, the two went side by side, only to switch sides in Vale, where eventually the two would wash up extensively and end up behind Haddad and Martin Stefanko.
Magic of Monza
Anything can happen around Monza, and YAS Heat and BMW have proven it by fighting hard for a place in the semi-finals.
In the team race, the fight for third flared up as Alen Terzic in the BMW and Manuel Biancolilla in the YAS Heat got a good run from Ascari over Cedric Thome.
Thome tried to hold Parabolica inside, and almost managed to hold on third. He also boxed Terzic.
This allowed Biancolilla to take third place. The Heat cars rolled side by side down the pit straight, but it gave Terzic a huge tow and he quickly tried to split his opponents.
As he moved between them, then tried to get on the race line, disaster struck and he cut off the front of Thome’s car.
The contact sent Thome through the air, while Terzic crossed several times and finished past the chicane, taking back third place!
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