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V10 R-League Week 4 Recap: McLaren & Redline push their way forward

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The group stages of V10 R-League are winding down, and every point is now crucial for teams at both ends.

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Group winners get a bye straight to the semi-final, while those that finish 4th & 5th are heading home.

Who came away with the vital points in Week 4 of the V10 R-League?

R8G keep Team Redline honest in close contest

Team Redline should’ve been no match for struggling newcomers R8G, but Romain Grosjean’s outfit proved to be tricky opponents throughout this Round 4 contest.

Thomas Petitjean led the charge for R8G against the strong Redline team, but a few errors and Redline's unwavering pace saw the champs home.

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In the end, Redline came away 3-1 winners – enough to carry them into top spot of Group A – but not before a few close calls in a match-up that could’ve easily finished in an embarrassing defeat for the reigning champs.

The result ends R8G’s hopes of the playoffs, but in their first season in the V10 R-League the new boys have proven to be a tricky opponent for everyone.

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McLaren stun Group B leaders BMW in Round 4 rout

BMW has been the team to beat throughout Season 2, with the German side dominating Group B and enjoying a strong lead over their rivals.

But they proved to be easy pickings for McLaren Shadow, who, with star driver James Baldwin at his brilliant best, ran out 4-0 winners.

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Costly mistakes throughout the contest will concern BMW, while McLaren will now believe they can fight for the R-League title as the team gels and both Elvin Smith & Isaac Gillissen continue to grow in pace and confidence.

BMW's group stage ends with 10 points, enough for a playoff spot, but McLaren can claim Group B victory next week and that all-important bye!

Red Bull v YAS Heat

Red Bull Racing Esports drew 2-2 with YAS Heat in what was a very significant result for both teams’ seasons. Joni Tormala maintained Red Bull’s advantage off the line in the Mugello relay race before Manuel Biancolilla sped into the pit lane and gave Heat too much to do. Heat came back in the team race, Biancolilla leading Cedric Thome to tie the contest 1-1.

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At Silverstone, Heat looked good for the relay point but another mistake in the pits handed the win to Red Bull.

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Nestor Garcia running into the back of Thome at the start of the team race and Weigang winning the race won the final point for Heat.

JAESA Suzuki and Team Fordzilla finish all square

Nothing could separate the two basement teams of Group B, as JAESA Suzuki and Team Fordzilla’s intriguing showdown finished at 2-2.

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There was a standout moment for Maichol Tonizza, who comfortably won the Mugello team race after the rest of the pack tangled in a first-lap incident.

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But overall, it was an error-strewn display from both teams with only the occasional moment of brilliance.

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