16 Jan 21
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Peyo Peev dominates for a perfect win in a chaotic Challenge grid race in round two of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF.
The Challenge grid was the first race out on the new Electric Docks circuit for the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, and with round one winner Josh Rogers absent the rest of the grid were ready to pick up the vital points in the race to win a drive in a real Formula E Gen2 racer.
In a close qualifying session it was Peyo Peev taking pole position from Kevin Siggy by a mere gap of 0.001. Setting the scene for a competitive race with the top 13 all covered by 1-second, with Kelvin Van der Linde putting in an impressive lap as the top real-world racer in 13th place.
As the drivers barrelled down into Turn 1, it was a clean start with the entire field all making it cleanly through the tight first chicane. Peev held the lead taking the holeshot from Siggy, with Lucas Mueller, Jan von der Heyde and Petar Brljak rounding out the top five.
The first victim of the fast first chicane was Mike Channell with the YouTuber colliding into the barriers on lap two, losing a wheel in the process and then limping around the circuit to be the first driver eliminated in the Race Royale format.
Axel La Flamme made an impressive start jumping up to 14th after starting down in 21st position, but a mistake dropped him back down the order with British karting star having to restart his climb up through the pack.
Coming on to lap five, Peev started to open up a considerable lead on Siggy in second stretching out a gap of over 1.5 seconds.
A huge coming-together between sim racers Erhan Jajovski and Kuba Brezinski at the first chicane resulted in the pair flying up into the air, with the latter being thrown over the wire fence and into the shipping containers.
With some big names from the sim racing world struggling to keep their cars clear from the walls in the fast turns, this meant that despite taking damage earlier in the race Charlie Martin kept being saved from elimination. But with no driver safe from the Race Royale, her race ended on lap 11.
In the closing stages of the race, Peev continued to stretch out a comfortable lead over Siggy, controlling a gap of two seconds over second place.
With Van der Linde the last driver to be eliminated, this left Simona de Silvestro and Noah Reuvers to battle it out for 11th position. In a textbook move into the chicane, Reuvers dived up the inside for a clean move to pass de Silvestro.
At the virtual chequered flag it was a commanding win for Peyo Peev, with the Bulgarian having a perfect race converting his pole position into the win and clocking the fastest lap time in the process. Rounding out the podium was Kevin Siggy and Lucas Mueller.
In the battle of the real-world drivers, Alex Lynn crossed the line in 10th to score the final Challenge points, with Simona de Silvestro ending the race in 12th.
Following his second place finish, 'world's fastest gamer' Siggy now finds himself at the top of the standings ahead of Petar Brljak, with race-winner Peev jumping into third and into contention for the real-world Formula E drive.
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