After a much needed summer break, the Project CARS eSports season continues with Round 6 of our open setup car simulator series, the Logitech G Championship. The Autumn split got underway at New York's legendary Watkins Glen circuit in one of America's favourite race cars, the Ford Fusion Stockcar.
Whilst the real-world NASCAR drivers pounded around the Glen, our top eSports drivers were tackling the course in Project CARS. Getting the setup right was be absolutely key to success in this round. The Ford Fusion is primarily designed for high speed, low drag oval racing, so negotiating the flowing and undulating turns of Watkins Glen in this beast is a serious challenge. Sometimes Stockcars have to turn right, as well as left!
Read on to find out which teams and drivers bested this tricky combination to come out on top.
On Consoles it was a return to the top for SDL's Logitech team, as Rotax took his second victory of the LGCS season. Team Shark's Racer followed behind in second place, with his best result of the year so far. However, it was a double podium for SDL with Mpower coming in third, followed closely by his team leader, SoniK in fourth.
It was a tougher week for the other members of Team Shark, as great performances by PSFRacing's Fab and SpideR pushed Atho and Yinato down to seventh and ninth respectively. This opened the door for SDL to overturn Shark's lead in the team championship, moving ahead by 18 points at the top of the standings. Rotax has also closed the gap on Atho in the drivers standings to just four points. It's getting extremely tight at the top.
Elsewhere in Round 6, MuhRu1s scored solid points on his debut for eSPORTS+CARS in tenth place, closely followed by Cotkawa_, who is now racing as a privateer driver. Round 6 was a difficult time for the Unity teams, with only a few drivers scoring points. The Unity Elite Racing Team has lost some ground on the top two in the team standings, but if it can rediscover its early season form soon, it could quickly find itself back in amongst the fight at the front.
On the PC, the dominance of SDL Motorsport's Logitech team has finally been broken, but it took another SDL outfit to beat them to the line. First and second place went to SDL newcomers Detomaso and Daytona, who both set fantastic laps to beat their more experienced SDL teammates. In fact, these two drivers are members of the SDL's Hauppage team. Normally, we would consider this lineup to be the French side's B-team, but this performance shows that they are very much the equals of Managator and co.
Mangator came home third for the SDL Logitech team. Incredibly, this is his lowest finish of the entire season so far, which just goes to show how consistent he has been. No doubt he'll be fighting hard to get back to the front in the next round. His Logitech teammate Masa came home fourth, just ahead of CQR's TacticaL who equalled his team's best finish of the season in fifth.
Elsewhere, it was a tough week for leading privateer FinPro who could only manage seventh place, which sees him lose ground to SDL's Mangator at the top of the drivers standings. He clings on to second ahead of Masa, but the gap is down to just eight points. Meanwhile, the AOD Racing Team finally put its first points on the board, with two drivers in the top 20.
In the team standings, SDL Logitech continues to hold a massive lead over its sister team, SDL Hauppage. CQR Club remains close behind in third, with the rest of the chasing pack lead by Project CARS Polska and Coyote Online Racing.
Visit the series page to view the full results and standings.