At the end of six hard fought races around some of the most iconic virtual Formula E street circuits, it was the ROKiT Venturi Racing team that ultimately emerged victorious.
It had looked for all money that it would be the hitherto dominant Erhan Jajovski who would also take the drivers’ title, having secured three victories, four podiums and a fourth place going into the final double header.
And it still looked to be going on course, Erhan securing P3 on the grid for the opening race behind pole sitter and championship rival Frederik Rasmussen and maintaining that track position.
But with double points on offer in the final race of the ‘GRAND FINAL’, Jajovski knew that he would have to catch and pass his rival to secure the title. It was a valiant effort, and in his push to gain ground, the Macedonian racer clipped the wall and slipped to P5, being passed by Jarno Opmeer and series rival Kevin Siggy before the chequered flag fell.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed not to win the Drivers’ Championship but in the end, it is what it is and that’s motorsport. With Frede [Rasmussen] starting from pole position, I knew it was important for me to overtake him but it was so difficult to pass because the track is so narrow and the straights are so short,” commented Jajovski.
“With Frede in P1 with the fastest lap and me in P3, I knew that the only way I could win the title was if I set the fastest lap myself. I went for it but unfortunately, I clipped the wall and my car was completely broken – I was really down on top speed.”
Regardless, it was a fine performance in the series by Jajovski, who was only eight points shy of Rasmussen in the final countdown. And in doing so, he did his bit to secure the Teams’ Championship Title, ROKiT Venturi Racing finishing 36 points clear of the rest of the Formula E field.
“I would like to congratulate Frede for winning the Drivers’ Title, thank Formula E for organising Accelerate, and thank my team, ROKiT Venturi Racing, for supporting me. It feels good to clinch the Teams’ Championship after such a hard-fought campaign! Hopefully, we will see each other again in Season 2.”
With Monaco’s only racing team resuming hostilities in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship around the streets of Rome on April 10, team boss Susie Wolff is already taking inspiration from the virtual racers before her team heads to Italy.
“We’re delighted to win Teams’ Championship,” added Wolff. “I want to thank Erhan and Lorenz for racing with us in Formula E: Accelerate and for delivering such a strong result – they have been fantastic ambassadors for ROKiT Venturi Racing and we’re very proud of both of them.
“Erhan and Lorenz make it look easy but we know how much effort they put in week in, week out, to perform at such a high level. Esports is such a great platform for reaching a new and rapidly growing audience, not only for Formula E and the championship but also for us as a team.”
— ROKiT Venturi Racing (@VenturiFE) March 26, 2021
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) March 25, 2021