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Professional Trophy: Williams conquers all at Kyalami

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The penultimate round of the 2022 ADAC SimRacingExpo Professional Trophy by SimRacing.GP provided us with more GT3 racing around the challenging 4.529-km Kyalami circuit, where over 40 teams would compete over another six hours, and we saw a fourth different winner in as many races.

Along with securing pole position, the #124 Porsche 911 GT3 R of Williams Esports would go on to take a convincing victory at the South African circuit by almost 50 seconds after 213 laps, thanks to the efforts of Tinko van der Velde, Igor de Oliveira Rodrigues and Dáire McCormack.

Six other teams would also stay on the lead lap at the chequered flag with the #14 Porsche of Unicorns of Love’s Tobias Pfeffer, Lars Kisser and Michael Tauscher keeping a good hold of second, whilst GTWR GO Setups’ Darren King, Chris Harteveld and Vojtech Fiala completed the top three overall.

The #10 TRITON Racing team, comprised of Dominik Blajer, Max Wojtyna and Jakub Charkot who won in Round 2 at Bathurst would end up taking fourth in front of YAS HEAT, who had Maciej Malinowski, Mikhail Statensko and George Boothby competing this time around.

Kkrämer Racing eSports in the #977 entry secured their best result of the Professional Trophy so far in sixth, which was a great result for the trio of Marco Bischoff, Noah Eder and Jonas van Dreuten, who were the last car to finish on the lead lap.

It was another impressive performance by the Lithuanian Beaver Grease Racing team, who took their third Qualifier class win in a row, as the trio of Tadas Juknevicius, Grantas Kareckas and Mantas Povilaitis would close out the top seven finishers overall.

Behind the top seven Porsche clean sweep, the #85 Team Racing Point AMR Vantage V8 team of David Pertile, Amedeo Castorino and Lukas Mateja would come home in eighth place, in front of the #72 Aston Martin of Virtualdrivers by TX3 and the #6 entry of SDL eSports | Logitech.

Behind Qualifier class winners Beaver Grease Racing in seventh, the next best-placed of the ten teams that secured their places through the two qualifying races were Team Racing Point in eighth, with West Competition Racing in 11th completing the top three in the class.

Williams Esports now take the overall lead for the first time, now having an 11-point advantage over TRITON Racing, with both Unicorns of Love and YAS HEAT completing the top four, who are covered by 25 points, meaning that this quartet will be chief rivals at the finale in early December for the top prize of the 10,000 Euro prize fund being given away.

The drivers and teams will head to Nuremberg on December 3rd for the final of the Professional Trophy, where they will compete for the crown live at ADAC SimRacing Expo in the virtual Eifel at the Nürburgring.