Wildcard entry Arthur Kammerer won Sunday’s SRO E-Sport GT Series Charity Challenge, leading a group of sim racers at the front of the field, while Dennis Lind finished as the top-placed real-world driver.
Driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3, German sim racer Kammerer took victory in the third and final race of the day, beating a field consisting of some of the world’s best sim racers and top GT3 drivers.
He beat a tense battle for the lead among other wildcard sim drivers, who qualified for the event through a hot lap challenge, and invited sim racers.
The event was held on Assetto Corsa Competizione using the Monza circuit, raising money for the official COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The two semi-final races held before the final were won by David Tonizzi and Enzo Bonito, both professional sim racers in the Ferrari esports driver academy.
In addition to the field’s sim racers, a number of top-level GT drivers also took part, including many regulars in the GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS.
Kammerer finished the final in second position behind Nils Naujoks, who had been handed a 15-second time penalty earlier in the race after being deemed at fault for a race-defining incident earlier on.
Running in second at the time, Naujoks made contact with long-time race leader and polesitter Amir Hosseini 20 minutes in, forcing Hosseini to retire with damage.
Later in the race, Kammerer successfully defended from Mike Nobel’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo to hold onto the assumed lead.
He finished 0.515 seconds clear of Nobel, while Naujoks slotted in third after his penalty was applied.
Reigning F1 Esports Series champion Tonizza had a successful run cut short when he crashed out on the final lap after running in contention for a podium finish.
Lind Leads Real-Word Contingent
Lamborghini factory driver Dennis Lind finished the day as the best-placed real-world racer, crossing the line eighth overall in a Huracan GT3 Evo that ran with his familiar Orange1 FFF Racing Team livery.
The Danish driver was in a league of his own among real-world drivers as the only one to breach the top ten in the final.
A brief off-track excursion dropped him down a few places but he managed to recover most of the ground lost.
Simon Gachet, who usually races in GTWC Europe for Sainteloc Racing, finished as the second fastest real-world racer in 13th overall, with Ezequiel Perez Companc third in class.
Bryan Heitkotter, David Perel, Andrea Rizzoli and Andy Soucek were among the other real-world drivers to finish strongly.