30 Apr 2021 10:30 AM +00:00

V10 R-League Week 3 Recap: BMW dominance continues as Red Bull and Aston Martin clash

This week saw the halfway mark of the group stages in the V10 R-League, and the pressure crank up on teams as missing out on the playoffs becomes a real possibility for many.

With four huge matchups to look at, let’s dive right into the action!

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McLaren pour the pain on Williams

They might be new to the series, but McLaren Shadow is wasting little time making a mark. This week saw them take on Season 1 runners-up Williams Esports, and the new team left with a 3-1 win.

James Baldwin again anchored the McLaren Shadow side with his unparalleled pace, but his teammates Isaac Gillissen and Elvin Smith found their feet, and their speed, this week too.

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It was Gillissen who made a crucial, and daring, overtake on Nikodem Wisniewski through the Maggots-Becketts section of Silverstone. That move secured a point in the team race, while Williams was just lacking a few tenths of overall pace.

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Speaking after the race, Williams driver Kuba Brzezinski said: “We’ve got some work to do, that’s for sure. I think the biggest issue is we’re lacking a bit of pace”

“All three of us [at Williams] are really strong, but none of us are really up there with Kevin Siggy [of BMW] or James Baldwin [of McLaren], they are a bit faster than us!”

YAS claim crucial victory over R8G

Over in Group A, the other new team R8G Esports is not having as good a time. Coming up against the strong YAS Heat side that was still seeking its first out-and-out win, R8G came unstuck.

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While Erhan Jajovski continues to impress and push at the front of team races, errors from his teammates limited progress. It was only a penalty in the first relay race that saw YAS Heat miss out on a maximum score. In the end, the 3-1 win puts YAS closer to the playoffs, and piles the pressure on R8G for their two remaining races.

Red Bull off the mark with win over Aston Martin

It was a poor start to Season 2 for Red Bull after their humiliating 4-0 wipeout against Redline in Round 1. But they fought back convincingly in their second match of Group A with a brilliant victory over Aston Martin.

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Joni Tormala impressed throughout the contest with commanding wins in both team races, as well as the opening relay race. In fact, it was only a pit lane speeding penalty, picked up by Graham Carroll in the second relay race, that stopped the Bulls picking up all four points - but they’ll be happy to be off the mark with a 3-1 win all the same.

BMW dominate struggling JAESA Team Suzuki

Round 3 saw JAESA Team Suzuki suffer their second thrashing in a row - this time at the hands of rampant BMW.

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The pace of Kevin Siggy and Michael Romanidis was too much for the struggling Italian team, who despite the heroics of Giovanni De Salvo could do nothing to avoid another 4-0 defeat. BMW now lead Group B and boast a stunning 100% record in Season 2.

Upcoming fixtures

R8G Esports vs Team Redline (Group A) - Monday, 3 May - 8pm BST on BT Sport 2 & 6pm EST on ESPN3

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BMW vs McLaren Shadow (Group B) - Tuesday, 4 May - 4pm BST on BT Sport & 6pm EST on ESPN3

YAS Heat vs Red Bull Racing (Group A) - Wednesday, 5 May - 4pm BST on BT Sport & 6pm EST on ESPN3

JAESA Suzuki vs Fordzilla (Group B) - Thursday, 6 May - 4pm BST on BT Sport & 6pm EST on ESPN3