Qualifying // P2
Race // P1
Fastest Race Lap // 1:25.468
Championship // P1 [111 points]
Qualifying // P9
Race // P4
Fastest Race Lap // 1:25.449
Championship // P13 [16 points]
ROKiT Venturi Racing
Championship // P1 [142 points]
ROKiT Venturi Racing returned to winning ways in the esports arena by netting the top spot in the penultimate round of Formula E: Accelerate as the Monegasque marque stormed to a dominant victory at the Electric Docks circuit.
In the fifth round of the six-race competition, championship frontrunner Erhan Jajovski cemented P2 on the grid as team-mate, Lorenz Hoerzing, secured his best qualifying result to date by taking P9.
When the 25-minute race got underway, Erhan immediately got the jump on polesitter Frederik Rasmussen to gain the lead while Lorenz advanced to P5 amidst the carnage of Turn 1.
By posting the fastest lap of the event from the outset, Erhan successfully established an early gap between himself and P2 – a buffer he would maintain over the course of the race.
With the aid of Attack Mode, meanwhile, Lorenz successfully overtook Martin Stefanko to move into P4 before setting his sights on the fight for the final step of the podium.
After briefly advancing to P3, Lorenz dropped to P5 by activating his final Attack Mode but with a 35kW power advantage, soon overtook reigning F1 esports champion Jarno Opmeer for P4.
Holding a 3.7-second lead, Erhan took P1 when the chequered flag waved to take his third Formula E: Accelerate victory, with Lorenz securing P4 to complete a double-points performance and a haul of 37 points.
Formula E: Accelerate will conclude on March 25 where ROKiT Venturi Racing, Erhan and Lorenz will compete for the Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship titles on the digital streets of Rome with double points on offer.
“Finishing in P1 is a huge weight off my chest! My qualifying lap wasn’t perfect but I think there was still pace left on the table. At the start of the race, I wasn’t expecting Rasmussen to lift so early into Turn 1 and this meant that I moved into the lead. From there, I briefly dropped back behind him when I took my first Attack Mode but I got past. I used quite a lot of energy in the opening stages which meant I had to save quite a lot until the chequered flag. Going into the finale, I will be keeping the same approach and I just want to do my best as always.”
“Qualifying in P9 was okay but I think I still had more pace available overall. Looking back at it, I think it was a good thing to start there, given the accident that happened in Turn 1. I was very lucky and was able to avoid all of the carnage at the start and this gave me P5. Shortly after, I overtook Stefanko for P4 and from there, my race was about managing energy. I had a great battle with Jarno [Opmeer] over the final laps and the fight went right up until the line. When I took the chequered flag, I had 0% of usable energy left and took P4 by 0.061-seconds. It was close but it was timed to perfection – I’m very happy with how it played out! It feels awesome to take 12 points!”