Red Bull Racing Esports held on to third place in the teams championship in the 2018 F1 New Balance Esports Pro Series, after Joni Tormala grabbed an impressive second place around Spa-Francorchamps.
The second round of the Esports Pro Series took place on the 31st October, with races taking place at Paul Ricard, Silverstone and Spa on Codemasters Studios‘ F1 2018 game.
The Red Bull duo of Graham Carroll and Joni Tormala represented the team once again for the second round, hoping to continue their consistent points scoring from the first round that saw them place third overall in the teams’ standing.
For France, Carroll initially finished the race down in sixth place, but was handed a penalty which demoted him outside of the points in eleventh place. As for Tormala, the Finn was able to bag Red Bull some points with ninth place.
A wet to dry qualifying session proved to be tough for both Red Bull drivers as they got their timing wrong and qualified towards the back end of the field. However, a strong drive by the two got them into the points with Carroll ending the race in eighth and Tormala in ninth.
Belgium proved to be Red Bull’s strongest race of the day with Tormala grabbing a strong qualifying in sixth and soon pushed himself up to second place, in an intense battle between four cars of Fabrizio Donoso Delgado, Brendon Leigh and Frederik Rasmussen. Tormala pulled off a sublime pass against Donoso Delgado at Les Combes to cement his place in second behind race winner Daniel Bereznay. Carroll rounded off the points table with tenth place.
The conclusion of the second round saw Tormala place himself fifth overall with 38 points in the drivers’ championship, with Carroll rounding off the top ten on 21 points.
Tormala reflects on his performance from round two, recalling his final race at Spa perfect from start to finish.
“The last race went pretty much perfectly from start to finish,” said Tormala.
“Starting sixth was ok but I managed to gain four positions – and P2 is my best finish of the season so I’m very happy with that. The qualifying for the first two races didn’t go quite as well as it should have.
“Because of the rain I made a wrong choice with the timing of the lap and I had to start from P16 at Silverstone, but then I managed to get up to ninth in the end and scored some points.”
Whilst Carroll didn’t grab the results he wanted, he’s pleased to have scored points and hopes the team can come back stronger in the final round on the 16th and 17th November.
“It wasn’t there today,” said Carroll. “Not the best of days but we got some points in the end. I should have had sixth in France but I only have myself to blame after a silly mistake led to a penalty.
After that the two qualifying sessions were a bit of a nightmare with Joni starting from 16th and me from 17th at Silverstone. But I came through the field and could even reach P10 in the second race.
“So I scored points in both races, which is the main thing. We’ll come back stronger next time.”