After a trip across the pond to the USA in Round 5, we're back over the Atlantic for Round 6 of the NVIDIA Challenger Series. The Fixed Setup car simulator championship in Project CARS.
This event follows in the tyre tracks of the Caterham Superlight Championship, an awesome cup series in the UK which takes in all of the best British circuits. This weekend it was at Kent's legendary Brands Hatch, so to celebrate, NCS Round 6 put our Project CARS eSports drivers into the Caterham SP/300R around this spectacular track.
Similar to a Radical or even an LMP3 car, the 300R packs a huge amount of downforce to stick it to the track surface, and combines that with plenty of power and a push-to-pass system to give the driver a whole suite of tools to tackle any circuit. Such high levels of grip make the car relatively easy to drive, but also mean that it requires extreme bravery through fast corners like Westfield Bend to extract the maximum performance.
Read on to find out which drivers kept their foot to the floor to come out ahead.
Unfortunately, Round 6 of the NCS in the Console Division had to be postponed by the organisers due some technical gremlins. A re-run may take place at a later date.
There were no such issues on PC where the Round continued in spectacular fashion, with one of the closest finishes we have ever seen. SDL Logitech's new recruit, Detomaso, took home the spoils with a lap of 1:17.016. Incredibly the top five drivers were separated by less than 0.050 of a second!
Masa and Mangator came home in second and third respectively to give SDL a triple podium. They were followed right behind by four drivers from the newly renamed BAM.Thrustmaster team including new recruits; TomiKillos and IJJauTaH. The season long battle between SDL and BAM shows no signs of slowing down, especially now that there is some extra rivalry between their sponsors, Logitech and Thrustmaster.
SDL's Masa has managed to close the gap at the top of the drivers standings. He's now just two points behind BAM's Khaki after Khaki finished off the podium in Round 6 for only the first time this season. SDL also outscored BAM in the team standings this week, closing the gap at the top to 13 points. Project CARS Polska clings onto third for now, despite losing top driver TomiKillos to BAM, but Revolution Sim Racing is closing fast, with the gap down to eight points.
CQR Club and Coyote Online Racing also scored solid if not spectacular points this week, whilst it was a tough week for the privateer drivers. Yorkie065 was the top privateer finisher in 14th, and FinPro picked up just three points in 18th.
The only drivers eliminated from the PC results were:
- TSRacingAtho (already registered to compete on Console)
- Slux Wielder (3 wheels off track: Exit of Turn 1)
To see the full results and standings, please visit the Series page.