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Community Trophy: Austria Sees New Winners

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The Styrian countryside played host to the fourth round of the ADAC SimRacing Expo Community Trophy, as the Red Bull Ring would see fantastic GTR1 cars in action, including the Ford GT40, the RUF CTR and the Gumpert Apollo, which would roar around the 4,318-km, ten-turn circuit, which has been in use in multiple guises since 1969.

With over 30 drivers making their way into this exciting round of the series, it was Dörr Esports’ driver Bence Bánkithat would take pole position for race one by 0.337 seconds from new Team Fordzillasigning Alessandro Ottaviani, who was leading for most of the session.

It was a very-closely fought ten-minutes of qualifying, with the top 20 drivers covered by just over 1.1 seconds at the end, with Ballas EsportsIlia Drovossekov, MJR EsportsYannick Mund and Alex Mosin completing the top five.

RUVIS Racing Team’s Kirill Antonov, Julian Kunze, Makozi Racing International’s Kodi Nikloa Latkovksi, Toadline Racing’s Stef Cremers and T3 Motorsport’s Leonard Karten would round out the top ten, with all the drivers within just over seven tenths of each other.

Race One saw Ottaviani steal the lead early by going side-by-side with Bánki into Turn three, before pulling ahead onto the run down to Turn 4. The Italian would then control proceedings and take his first win of the Community Trophy by 0.564 seconds.

Bánki, who tried to keep the pressure on all the way throughout the race but could not get past, would post the overall fastest lap of the evening with a 01:24.438, becoming the RIG Fastest Lap Award winner for Round 4.

Drovossekov continued the consistency streak by rounding out the virtual podium in third, followed by Mosin, as Latkovski continued his upward trend of making up positions to secure fifth. Antonov would have to settle for sixth place, in front of Julian Kunze, who also made good progress during the race itself, whilst Witvoet, Mund and Cremers completing the top ten.

Race Two would see some great close-quarter action in the opening stages, as everyone was battling for every piece of tarmac on the Austrian circuit, but it would be a cat and mouse game for three quarters of the race that saw so many using the draft to get overtakes done. There would also be dramas for many of the drivers, with some small bodywork touches putting them out of contention.

But it was Witvoet that would end up victorious, making it two new winners in a row, like we had last time out at Watkins Glen, with the Dutch driver seeing the chequered flag first after 15 laps, finishing a comfortable 3.540 seconds ahead of Latkovski, who picked up his second runner-up finish in the competition.

The Macedonian was in an epic battle with Antonov and Kunze in the latter stages, with several times seeing the cars side-by-side at multiple times going into the final five minutes, with the former emerging ahead. Antonov would find himself at the mercy of Bánki, with the latter able to get past to round out the top three.

Antonov would have to be content in fourth, with Kunze ending up in fifth place. Drovossekov would again be inside the top six, where the Ballas Esports driver has been in every single race so far, with another solid top ten finish for Cremers in seventh.

Mund crossed the finish line in eighth, in front of VR/Zeoforce Racing’s Martin Petermann, who was celebrating his birthday in the best way possible by going racing. Ottaviani would end up dropping to tenth at the finish, following on with an incident with Antonov, as the Fordzilla driver looked up the inside at Turn ten for fourth with 90 seconds left on the clock.

Drovossekov has a comfortable lead at this stage, leading the standings with 276 points, 38 points ahead of Antonov, whilst Latkosvki has brough himself into the mix, just a further seven adrift in third place. Bánki is fourth on, whilst Witvoet now moves up into fifth.

October 6th is the next time the Community Trophy goes into battle for what will be the penultimate stage of the series, as the Green Hell beckons for all those that try to conquer it, as the Nürburgring will be the next battleground.