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Maximilian Guenther is looking to bounce back and take the fight to the top two this weekend as the Race at Home Challenge in Support of UNICEF reaches its double points, double jeopardy, double-header of a conclusion.
The BMW i Andretti Motorsport racer flew out of the blocks in the Challenge, tallying a pair of victories in the first two rounds from Hong Kong and the Electric Docks. He stormed to a healthy lead at the top of the standings and looked imperious in the sim seat right from the off.
At that stage, the rest of the field were left scratching their heads as to how they could beat the young German who has enjoyed a breakthrough 2020 - becoming the youngest ever race winner in Formula E back in Chile at the Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix.
The German's hand was strengthened further with a podium in Round 3 from Monaco, picking his way through the carnage on lap one, following Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein and Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team driver Stoffel Vandoorne home.
That pair have emerged as Guenther's closest rivals, and both applied the pressure in Rounds 4 and 5 - the return leg to Hong Kong, followed by the trip to Berlin.
Wehrlein was able to seal victory twice, and added a further podium in NYC, with Vandoorne also scoring well. Guenther, meanwhile, found himself caught up in racing incidents and saw his championship charge falter with a demoralising zero-point haul around the streets of Hong Kong and just eight points at his home virtual E-Prix at Tempelhof.
Round 6 piled on the misery for the unlucky 22-year-old, who was powerless as he found himself on the receiving end of a collision once more, sending his BMW spinning at the head of the field and cascading down the order - having started from a strong second spot on the grid.
Max has proven he is fast behind the wheel of his sim rig during Race at Home, that much is evident. If anybody can make up that 46-point gap to top spot, it is him. He is not about to throw in the towel with double points up for grabs in the Grand Final.
"I'm fighting hard, pushing hard to be on the top step at the end," he said. "It's mainly between Pascal and Stoffel for the championship at the moment but I'm still in a position to take the virtual crown.
"I will definitely not give up and I'm very much looking forward to the Grand Final this weekend. Finishing the series off with a double-header will be great.
"I haven't had luck on my side during the last few weekends, but I will try to turn things around again in the final two races with some good results."
The series has been a means of staying sharp for many down the field, as well as entertaining the supporters and raising awareness and funds for UNICEF. Guenther has clearly enjoyed himself along the way.
"The Race at Home Challenge has been a really nice experience," Max added. "It's definitely been the best opportunity to keep racing and keep the competition up.
"From the six race we have done so far, it's been very good for me, with two victories. The level of competition has proven to be really high between us. Everybody has the aim of being at the very top.
"We're all sportsmen and want to beat each other. We've been able to deliver some very entertaining e-racing."
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