“I had a lot of fun, but didn’t think it was possible to overtake on the track,” explains the winner from Spain, who started the race from tenth place. “With my pace, I tried to force the men in front to make mistakes. I managed that well,” reports the reigning champion from the lounge in Madrid.
In the championship, however, he can no longer say a word. Reason: He had to miss two of the previous five runs. Behind Sanchez, the German sim racers Marc Gassner and Lorenzo Heyder complete the podium. Table leader Michal Smidl is fourth and takes 57 points ahead in the next challenge.
A driver from the Munich Lounge joins one place further up. Janik Schmitt achieves his best result of the season. “That was a great race. I’m overjoyed and speechless,” said the German happily.
Sinan Demirbas, also a pilot in the Munich lounge, secures victory. With his success, he crawled up to eight points behind the leader of the championship, David Cid. Demirbas: “I never expected to be able to win at Brands Hatch. Consistency and patience were the key to success. You can’t force anything on the tight course.”
Fabian Vettel could be a possible opponent. The brother of four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian is squinting to participate. “The next races are Silverstone, Spa and Barcelona. I know all the routes. I’m definitely interested in a guest start in the Challenger League,” reveals the 23-year-old.
For the native of Heppenheim, sim racing is also elementary as a preparation for real motorsport: “You can practice a course for as long as you want and have the time,” he emphasizes. “When you then get to the track in reality, you are much better prepared and can concentrate on other things.”
46-inch screens with a panoramic view and carbon fiber cockpits with an integrated sound system make the races in the racing lounges at various locations in Germany, Switzerland and Spain an almost real Formula 1 experience.