The final 17 drivers have got their names into the 2022 DTM Esports championship, following a pair of events this week.
A second online shootout event, at the Hockenheimring, took the same format as the first, with two main heats that would see five drivers qualify from each, and a last-chance repechage giving four further spots for the drivers from sixth to 20th in each heat.
Familiar names qualified from the first 30-minute race, with Veloce Esports driver Marko Pejic taking a lights-to-flag victory. Pejic and fellow qualifier Isaac Price – who ended the race in fifth – had initially qualified through Shootout 1 earlier in the month, but were disqualified after not attending the driver briefing. They were joined by Jonas Wanner, Matija Markovic, and Attila Diner.
The second heat saw a comfortable win from pole for Sweden’s Christopher Hogfeldt, ahead of Hungarian driver Adam Pinczes, with Leon Rudinger, Axel Vermeylen, and Robert Wiesenmueller all qualifying too.
That just left the repechage, won by Hungary’s Martin Barna from Spain’s Manuel Rodriguez – a driver better known for his Gran Turismo exploits – with Ralf Piringer and Luciano Witwoert.
As well as the 28 drivers from the shootout qualifiers, there’ll be three who came through a special wildcard event held at the Nürburgring. Julien Fox won that event from Alex Mosin and Florian Bodin.
With the 31-driver line-up now complete, the DTM Esports Championship will get underway on 24th February, with a prize of a season’s drive in the real-world 2023 DTM Trophy.
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