22 May 20

Berlin Tempelhof joins the Race at Home Challenge for Round 5

Berlin joins the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF for Round 5, can the German Formula E drivers keep up their winning streak and how will the top sim racers cope with the challenging Tempelhof circuit?

The Tempelhof test

Now that the Tempelhof airport has been digitised and added to the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, the 24 Formula E stars and top sim racers will take to the apron section of the historic Berlin airport.

Made up of 10 turns, the high-grip apron section of the airport is tough on tyres while the long, high-speed straights give the drivers a chance to open up the full power of their Gen2 cars.

A favourite on the Formula E calendar, DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne lauded the circuit ahead of the 2019 Berlin E-Prix. At the time the two-time Formula E champion said: "You can be a bit of a strategist, depending on where you start."

"You can overtake more, especially when compared to Monaco or Paris." 

Take a lap of the Berlin Tempelhof circuit with the Julius Baer track guide

A tale of two Germans

So far the Race at Home Challenge has been kind to Formula E's German contingent, with Maximilian Guenther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) splitting the wins between themselves.

The young German drivers have two wins apiece in the four points-scoring rounds of the virtual competition, and with Guenther also winning in the test round, this means that a German driver has won every race of the Race at Home Challenge.

There have been challengers outside of Germany with Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) and Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) demonstrating their potential in Qualifiyng. But Vandoorne and Mortara have both been unable to convert their Pole starts into victories, with both drivers losing the lead through crashes.

Will the German streak continue this Saturday, or will we see a new winner?

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New Challenge for the sim racers

The Berlin Tempelhof circuit is a brand new addition to rFactor 2. This makes Saturday's race a new challenge for the world's top sim racers in the Challenge grid, with only a short time to prepare ahead of Round 5 of the Race at Home Challenge.

As the top sim racers battle for a chance of a real-world drive of the Formula E Gen2 car, a group of challengers are starting to emerge with Kevin Siggy currently leading the standings. Behind him, there is Lucas Mueller, Peyo Peev, Petar Brljak and Joshua Rogers all vying for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

There's been a different winner each time out with Mueller the latest to take victory, can the young German buck the trend and win his "home" race?

Formula E

Don't miss out on all the action from Round 5 of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF