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Racing Unleashed Zurich: Spaniards win sim racing title

You are following in Fernando Alonso’s footsteps, at least in the virtual world. The Spaniards Alejandro Sanchez and Javier Loro win the championships of the Racer and Challenger League of the Racing Unleashed Competition.
The season finale was held on a specially created, virtual track at Zurich Airport. The Racing Unleashed competition is a sim racing championship that takes place in high-tech simulators. The state-of-the-art cockpits are located in seven different Racing Unleashed lounges, in addition to Zurich, also in Munich and Madrid.

Alejandro Sanchez takes the title in the Racer League of the Racing Unleashed Competition.

For Sanchez, the title before the final was just a matter of form. He came to the airport 23 points ahead of the Czech Michal Smidl. He started the race from fourth on the grid, grabbed Christoph Holstein in turn one and stayed third for long stretches. While Sanchez won a place, rival Smidl lost his lead in a duel with eventual race winner Coque Lopez.

On lap ten there was a collision between the two, with a bad outcome for Smidl, who ended up only third behind Lopez and Sanchez. Not enough to steal the title from Sanchez.

Sanchez: “I am overjoyed. I would like to thank my family and Racing Unleashed for the organization. ”Sanchez will invest the almost 5,000 euros in prize money directly. “I will buy new car tires with the winnings,” said the Spaniard happily.

For the leader of the Challenger League, the race started with a shock. Javier Loro was hit by Jasin Ferati in turn one, so that the Spaniard slipped into the gravel. David Cid, who still had minimal chances of winning the title, was able to slip into first place. But: Due to a pile-up in midfield, Loro only fell back to second despite the departure.

“Since the start-finish is a long curve, the beginning should be complicated,” Loro suspected even before the race. “He hit me in the stern, I just thought, ‘My God! What is he doing there?’ But something like that can happen in a race, ”he classifies afterwards.

After the turbulent start, Loro, who took pole by one second in qualifying, concentrated on catching up. After just three laps, the Spaniard was able to suck on his rival Cid ran, but lost connection again due to a spin. In the end, Cid was able to defend first place. However, Loro wins the championship title. Michael Frei completes the podium.

The debut at the virtual Zurich airport was a complete success.

Loro: “The championship wasn’t over yet, so I didn’t want to do anything crazy against David. I’m happy that it worked out with the title. ”Despite the dominance in 2021, Loro sees room for improvement:“ I had some good races, but I also made some mistakes this season. ”The“ El Tornado ”sinks around 500 euros with the Triumph a.

The debut at the virtual Zurich airport was a complete success. Exciting starts, numerous duels and overtaking maneuvers make you want more. “The course is quite demanding, I really like that,” says Loro. Championship runner-up and first race winner in history, Cid, also praised the airport runway: “I think the track is great.”

CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has already announced that further, self-designed routes could come. They will then possibly be on the racing calendar of the 2022 Competition.

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