British GT Esports GT4 Brands Hatch - Naujoks piles on the pressure

British GT Esports GT4 Brands Hatch - Naujoks piles on the pressure

05.04.2021: Nils Naujoks’ knack of claiming virtual British GT podiums continued at Brands Hatch where the BMW Motorsport SIM G2 Esports ace extended his championship lead to 22 points following a first win.

Nils Naujoks’ knack of claiming virtual British GT podiums continued at Brands Hatch where the BMW Motorsport SIM G2 Esports ace extended his championship lead to 22 points following a first win.

 

The Porsche of Tariq Gamil ensured that a Hot Lap Qualifying pace-setter claimed pole for the third time running but was soon passed by fellow front row starter Naujoks and Moritz Loehner who stormed from fifth to second in the opening laps.


GT3 traffic soon helped the top-two break clear of Gamil, whose error gifted third to Gregor Schill before the pitstops began.


Up front, Naujoks emerged ahead of Loehner, albeit with a reduced advantage following a small error in the pitlane. For a time Doerr’s McLaren looked capable of challenging the BMW but was unable to mount a serious attack before the M4 edged clear to a 1.9s victory.


Schill came home 14s behind after keeping Robbie Stapleford at bay. Profile Racing’s Aston Martin qualified 10th but was up to sixth before the pitstops and picked up further positions by stopping earlier in the window than most of the other frontrunners.


Gamil crossed the line less than two tenths behind but comfortably ahead of Snetterton winner George Boothby whose SideMax Motorworks Aston Martin carried the full 30kg of Success Ballast.



Chris McDade will also return next weekend at Silverstone after securing seventh in Team ACR’s Camaro, and Ivan Shermetinskii (Jean Alesi Esports Academy, Mercedes-AMG) maintained his 100% points-scoring record in eighth.



However, pitstops once again proved a problem for erstwhile championship leader Jack McIntyre (Zansho Rocket Simsport, Porsche) who slipped to ninth after pitting from fifth. Egor Ogorodnikov (LADA Sport ROSNEFT, KTM) completed the points-paying positions and Silverstone’s list of automatic invitees.


All of that leaves Naujoks 22 points ahead of Boothby, while McIntyre is now a point further back in third.




- Tom Hornsby , Xynamic Automotive Photography

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