Lamborghini held the grand final of its The Real Race esports series on Thursday as three winners earned the chance to drive a real-world Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo.
Nils Naujoks won both races held on Assetto Corsa Competizione, which gave the German sim racer the highest combined score of 41 points against a field of 10 rivals.
The top three at the end of the event were given the chance to sample a Super Trofeo at Imola and to visit the manufacturer’s headquarters for a three-day prize camp that will include simulator sessions and training with some of Lamborghini’s factory drivers.
Naujoks shared the accolade with Jordan Sherratt and Matthias Egger who both registered 20 points.
Naujoks started from second on the grid in the opening 30-minute race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya but overtook pole-sitter Arnaud Lacombe on the opening lap.
Lacombe refused to give up his position in the early stages but with rain setting in and a wet line developing, the Frenchman spun his slick-shod Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo accelerating out of the Turn 5 left-hander.
This gave Naujoks a more comfortable 2.5-second cushion over Arthur Kammerer, while the gap at the head of the field increased further when Kammerer and Sherratt came to blows at Turn 10.
Second place was duly picked up by Kamil Pawlowski, while Fulvio Barozzini and Egger were classified third and fourth.
The second phase of the grand final was a 45-minute contest held at Mount Panorama, for which Naujoks had the pole position advantage heading into the rolling start.
Naujoks led from Lacombe, Sherratt and Pawlowski for most of the race, but the lead switched around with just under nine minutes remaining when Lacombe got around Naujoks at Hell Corner after gradually reeling in his rival.
However, this positional change did not prove to be permanent as Naujoks fought back before making a passing attempt at Griffins Bend with two minutes left on the clock.
Contact between the two drivers sent Lacombe’s Lamborghini into the wall, while Naujoks was able to continue without penalization to take his second victory of the event and secure his place on the three-day prize camp at Lamborghini.
Sherratt also progressed from the grand final with second in Race 2, as did Egger who took the checkered flag in fourth behind Gianfranco Giglioni.
The live-broadcast grand final was held at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese HQ and included five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro and ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard joining presenter Federica Masolin.