December started with a bang in Project CARS esports, with a new car class and an extremely challenging circuit in the ESL Go4 Cups. The drivers decided it was time for a break from GT3 action, and instead voted for Touring Cars to be the weapon of choice in December. The first circuit of the month was Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This narrow strip of undulating asphalt flanked by massive sand traps is a great place to race in the TC class, where the relatively low power output and downforce levels means that drivers really have to hustle their machinery from corner-to-corner. Read on to catch-up with videos of this week's action, plus all of the racing from the ACR "Triple Threat" league at Silverstone.
The first ESL Go4 Cup Final on PC in December was all about the big name teams, with Oscaro esports by SDL and TX3 leading the charge at the front. They mastered the challenges of Laguna Seca and its Corkscrew. Oscaro had heavy representation in this one with three drivers in the Final, including the top two qualifiers. It was only the remarkable efforts of TX3 Popsu that stopped it from being a one, two, three. Rotax took pole, with M Power in second, and it was a showdown between Oscaro teammates from the start all the way until the penultimate lap, when a mistake by M Power earned him a penalty and dropped him from second to third. Rotax took the win, with Popsu in second and M Power in third.
Actrollvision was also busy running his own leagues this week as usual. The "Triple Threat" league started December at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone. The GT5 league was on the National circuit, GT4 was on the International circuit, and the GT3 cars were on the unusual selection of the historic version of the GP circuit.
The GT5 league could have been sewn up with two races still to go if Raccoon21 got a positive result. However, the racing gods weren't looking down on him as the action got underway. Pole was taken by Tezh73 with MarshallJM in second and Raccoon down in third. At the start the front two got through unscathed in qualifying order at turn one, but Raccoon21 was locked in battle with MattFunk, and an unfortunate coming together ended the former's race. Tezh73 won the race with a faultless display, with Marshalljm in second, and Saikinto scored his first podium of the season, after holding off a strong challenge from returning Iamlanky. This result saw Raccoon21's 31 point lead cut to 15 with two races to go. Saikinto was the Driver of the Day.
The GT4 race in the Triple Threat league this week was a must-see. Championship leader Papano92 qualified on pole, with Bluesboy71 and MrMahonii not far behind in second and third. A poor start saw Papano go from first to fourth in turn one, resulting in a five lap battle with Rienko before he could get back after the leaders. Now the fun could really start. Separated by no more than one second, Bluesboy71, MrMahoniii and Papano92 put on the show of shows. We lost count of how many times the lead changed hands, but all three led the race at least twice. Papano92 eventually took yet another win... or did he? A five second penalty for exceeding track limits demoted him to third and gave Bluesboy71 the win with MrMahonii 2nd. Bluesboy71 was the Driver of the Day.
We had a familiar pole-sitter in the GT3 race, with DriverR1 from eSports+Cars up at the front. However, we also had a change of conditions for the race, as the traditional British rain arrived just in time for the start. DriverR1 didn't have it all his own way. Catfish gave him no opportunities to rest and pushed as hard as he could. However, he wasn't quite able to dethrone the newly crowned GT3 champion. With that battle going on, there was a huge performance from Borneo7, who in the first 2 turns went from ninth to third and held on to get his second podium of the season in the R8 LMS, and the GT3 Driver of the Day award. A huge congratulations to DriverR1 for picking up the championship at this elite level of the Triple Threat League.
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