30 May 20
16 May 20
Lucas Mueller wins his first race in the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF, closing the gap to Kevin Siggy in the fight for a real-world drive of the Gen2 car.
At the halfway point of the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge, the story of the Challenge grid has been all about Kevin Siggy's consistency. The experienced sim racer has been on the podium in all of the point-scoring rounds. With Peyo Peev and Petar Brljak the closest challengers for the trophy, but returning to the Challenge grid was the winner from last time out in Hong Kong, Joshua Rogers.
In Qualifying, the virtual Hong Kong harbourfront was hit be wet conditions. After missing two rounds Rogers was back at the top, taking pole position with a 1:11.175 lap, and only 0.051 seconds quicker than Siggy. The front row may have been close, but the leaders were clear from the rest of the field, with Lucas Mueller over a half a second behind the two top.
As the lights went out, it was Rogers who dived across the nose of Siggy to maintain the lead down into the first turn. With the pack bunching up in the tight first hairpin, Mueller bounded up the inside of Siggy to push the championship leader back to third place.
With real-world racers going up against the world's best sim racers, Axel La Flamme continued to show improvement in the Race at Home Challenge, jumping up in the opening laps to 8th.
Coming on to the third lap, Rogers started to open up a gap over the field by over two seconds from Mueller in second and Siggy in third.
After his car ended up on its side in the first turn melee, Geox Dragon reserve driver Joel Eriksson fought his way up to the back of Chinese racing star, Zexuan Liu. With the pair fighting not to be the first driver to be eliminated in the Race Royale format, Eriksson forced his way past real-world racing rival, Liu, to be safe for another lap.
La Flamme continued his drive through the pack, making his way up to 6th, defending hard against experienced sim racers Jan von der Heyde and Nuno Pinto for some solid points.
The trio were battling with some bumping and barging between La Flamme and von der Heyde, but it was Pinto who capitalised on the clash in front of him to sneak through and take sixth position.
With just over five laps to go, Mueller began to close the gap on Rogers, with the Australian sim racer tapping the wall as the German piled the pressure on.
With Mueller now all over the rear of Rogers, the pair went side-by-side through a series of tight turns, but Rogers was able to keep the lead by virtue of holding the inside line.
Despite his efforts, La Flamme was unable to hold off the experienced sim racers and was eliminated from the race on lap 14.
On the penultimate lap, Mueller dived up the inside of Rogers with a late lunge to take the lead. With the lead now in hand, Mueller started to run clear of a slowing Rogers.
With a win from Mueller, the Challenge grid is heating up with four different winners in four races. Rogers followed in second with Siggy rounding out the podium and keeping his lead in the standings.
Mueller's win sees the German jump into second in the standings, closing the gap to Challenge grid leader Siggy.
After claiming his first victory in the Race at Home Challenge, Mueller was lost for words. "I am a little bit speechless, I can’t quite believe what has just happened. I never expected to be fighting for the win," said the German with a big grin on his face.