Results Updated: Following an investigation which has resulted in several addition driver eliminations in the Console Division.
For the final round of the Logitech G Championship Series we travelled to Barcelona's Circuit De Catalunya for one last showdown in the almighty Formula Renault 3.5.
The Catalunya GP circuit is one of the most technical in the world, requiring our drivers to find a perfectly balanced setup to tackle its many challenges. It has an eclectic mixture of high speed and slow speed corners, both left and right, as well as a long start-finish straight to contend with. Compromising the setup with maximum or minimum downforce simply won't cut it here. Balancing your pace and momentum around the entire lap is the key to success.
In the Console Division the championship has been almost too close to call, with just 9 points separating SDL Motorsport and Team Shark Racing coming into this final round. On the other hand, in the PC Division SDL arrived in Barcelona with a commanding lead over its rivals.
Read on to find out which teams are going home with their share of €10,000 in cash prizes as the 2016 season comes to a thrilling climax.
With just nine points between SDL Motorsport and Team Shark Racing, everything was still there to play for in Round 10. In the last few rounds, Team Shark has had the edge, regularly outscoring its rivals. The team is full of confidence too, having very recently secured the team and driver titles in the NVIDIA Challenger Series.
SDL dug deep though in LGCS Round 10, and rediscovered its form, as Rotax took his fifth victory of the 2016 LGCS, while all of his teammates also made it into the top half of the leaderboard. After driver eliminations, SDL Motorsport is the Logitech G Champion team in the Console Division, taking home €5000 in prize money after securing victory by just four points.
It was a very close battle all season long, with SDL and Shark drivers appearing on the podium in almost every round of the season. A true testament to the amazing skills we've seen on display this year. It was a hard fought season, but SDL came through in the end. We will be in contact with SDL in the next few days to arrange the delivery of the €5000 prize money, which is to be shared amongst its drivers, plus the team trophy. We will also arrange delivery of the winning driver trophy for Rotax, who pulled off a series a terrific wins in 2016.
Finally, a huge thank you to all of the drivers who competed in the LGCS Console Division in 2016.
The following drivers were eliminated from the Round 10 results on Console:
All members of Team Shark Racing and PSF Racing: While conducting an investigation into allegations of account sharing by members of the PSF Racing team, SMS found evidence which showed a collaboration between Team Shark and PSF. It showed that these teams were sharing information in an effort to deliberately disrupt the results of the final round, unfairly damaging the competition to try to prevent other teams from having a chance to win. This kind of collusion between teams is unacceptable, and therefore both teams have been penalised on the basis that this kind of behaviour brings the championship into disrepute.
TSRacing_Zoky: Three wheels off track at the exit of Turn 9.
While there was a phenomenally close competition on console, the same can't really be said for PC, where the SDL Logitech team has dominated all year long. With the championship already wrapped up, the team could afford to take its foot off the gas a little in this final round, but that didn't stop Mangator from ending the season with yet another podium. In fact, he finished on the podium in every round of the season and took six wins along the way. A truly remarkable performance which sees him crowned driver champion in the PC Division.
The SDL Logitech team takes home the €5000 prize for the PC Division, as well as the team and driver trophies. We will contact the team to arrange delivery of the prizes in the next few days.
In reality, the only real challenger to SDL Logitech's crown was its sister team, SDL Hauppage. The Hauppage drivers also ran a great season to take second in the championship ahead of Coyote Online Racing. Third place is an awesome results for Coyote, which is a one-man team in the hands of claytonssv.
Like the Console drivers, a big thank you to everyone who competed in LGCS PC Division this year.
The following drivers were eliminated from the Round 10 results on PC:
Sylvain Ferrett(TX3): Three wheels off track at the exit of Turn 9.
Mixi125: No ghost available on the leaderboard.
HQQX: Three wheels off track at the exit of Turn 5.
LOGITECH CHAMPIONSHIP MVP
This year's MVP driver in the LGCS is PC racer, FinPro. In last year's Driver Network Championship, FinPro held his own as a privateer, competing against the big teams with no support on car setups and no one to advise him on racing lines or any other aspect of competition. This year, he's done it again, storming to second place in the drivers championship, just 65 points behind the winner.
His amazing achievements continue to impress, and so he deservedly takes home the 2016 LGCS MVP trophy. FinPro will be contacted by SMS staff in the next few days to arrange the delivery of this prize.
To see the full results of this round and the season, please visit the series page.