Esports News | Lamborghini Real Race Super Trofeo final spots decided | FOS Future Lab

10th July 2023
Andrew Evans

Leonardo Porco emerged victorious in the final online qualification race for Lamborghini’s revamped 2023 Real Race Super Trofeo series in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, as the last four drivers booked their spot in the Nurburgring regional final later this month.

Porco hadn’t been among the top qualifiers for the event during the hot-lap phase, but in the qualification session ahead of the race he ended up second, just behind countryman William Pisano. Perhaps the biggest shock in the session was the lowly 11th place of veteran racer Marcin Swiderek, who had set the second-fastest time in online qualification, though the top online qualifier Emanuele Cardinale was even further down in 14th.

The front three, with Michele Perrella joining Pisano and Porco, made an early break to pull away from the chasing pack in a largely clean opening few laps. However, incidents accounted for Matteo Vercelli and Simone Iezzi, which allowed Swiderek to climb up into seventh.

With only four drivers going through, fourth place became the most hotly contested spot in the field. Initially, that was held by Lorenzo Magnani, but he was having to fend off Jannes Reinders – who’d leapt past Guglielmo Filippi at Eau Rouge on lap one. They’d clash at Les Combes, with Reinders briefly taking the spot before ceding it again only to then receive a five-second time penalty for the mid-corner contact. It seemed harsh, but clearly, the stewards weren’t eager to see the antics that plagued the Paul Ricard and – particularly – Monza rounds earlier in the season.

However, the very next time round at Les Combes, Reinders put his nose just too far up the inside and span Magnani. That earned the German a drive-through penalty and ultimately disqualification as he failed to serve it in the required time. Filippi then inherited fourth, but had Swiderek behind and gaining. Meanwhile, at the front, Porco wasn’t going to be satisfied with second place – despite guaranteed qualification – and made the move for the lead at Les Combes on lap 18.

With the front three spots all but decided, it was all eyes on fourth as Swiderek closed to within two-tenths. The Polish driver though couldn’t get quite close enough and would see qualification elude him by less than a second. The 16 qualifiers from the four online rounds will head to the Nurburgring for the live EMEA final on July 30, where they’ll be joined by four wildcards from live qualification events and drivers from a dealer event in Abu Dhabi. There they’ll race off for the chance to become a Lamborghini factory esports racer in 2024.

Lamborghini Real Race Super Trofeo Round 4 results

1. Leonardo Porco – 26 Laps
2. William Pisano +1.144
3. Michele Perrella +2.731

Gustavo Ariel emerged as the first round-winner of new sim racing series Prodigy Racing League, which aims to put gamers into a standalone real-world race series.

Ariel, who performed wonders in this season’s Porsche Esports Supercup to win three races despite being in the rookie class, had been the driver to beat across the entire virtual Toyota GR86 Cup event at Circuit Zolder. After topping the online qualification event, held across June, Ariel came through his semi-final race with a lights-to-flag victory. That feat was matched by Damon Woods, who was second-best in the online qualifiers, in the other semi-final.

However, the Brazilian driver was outpaced in qualifying for the final by Vlad Khimichev, while Woods could only qualify in fifth behind Garrett Lowe and Nathan del Carmen. The Australian racer’s challenge would end on lap two, after tangling with Lowe in the final Jacky Ickx chicane and falling down the order into further strife. It seemed almost inevitable that Ariel would hit the front at some point, and it took until turn two on lap four for him to sneak through on the inside. Khimichev would later lose a place to his Urano Esports team-mate Dominik Hofmann, who set about closing the gap to Ariel.

A thrilling final two laps saw Hofmann try everything to get past Ariel, but wasn’t able to make a move stick as Ariel took the win by just over two-tenths. As the event winner, Ariel is the first driver to earn a “Prodigy Pass” to the Prodigy Week grand final event at Atlanta Motorsports Park in October, which will see the 15 finalists racing off in Radical SR1s in the real world.

Prodigy Racing League Round 1 results

1. Gustavo Ariel – 15 laps
2. Dominik Hofmann +0.204
3. Vlad Khimichev +0.896


Oracle Red Bull Racing and ecommerce partner Rokt have launched a talent search for female sim-racers which will see six outstanding drivers join an esports training program in partnership with the F1 outfit.

“Rokt the Rig” will find six of the best female sim-racing talents and bring them to the team’s headquarters in Milton Keynes for a “Driver Accelerator Day” that will involve individual mentoring from Red Bull’s own esports drivers – such as Porsche Carrera Cup GB Esports champion Sebastian Job.

From there they’ll also receive group training each month with the drivers and participate in the team’s esports activities and community as Red Bull seeks to develop their esports careers and inspire other female racers.

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