Formula E: Accelerate's Grand Final is this Thursday (19:00 UTC), and the scrap for a share of a €100,000 prize pool and a real-world Gen2 test drive reaches the deciding sixth round with Venturi's Erhan Jajovski heading the way.
A grid full of the world's best sim racers, representing Formula E's 12 teams, have been fighting it out over five Formula E: Accelerate rounds with the prize a share of a €100,000 prize pool and a real-world Gen2 test drive and this Thursday (19:00 UTC), the esports series reaches its Grand Final on the virtual streets of historic Rome.
Last time out in Round 5, standings leader Erhan Jajovski (ROKiT Venturi Racing) extended his points advantage in to 26 after securing the win at the Electric Docks - setting up a three-way battle between himself, Frederik Rasmussen (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) and Kevin Siggy (BMW i Andretti Motorsport).
To top the series off, it's double points and so half the margin for error in the finale at the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR amid the Roman District's historic surrounds. The championship has proven to be intense with no mistake going unpunished, so doubling the jeopardy will surely only serve to kick things up a gear further.
With 25 points on offer for a race win, one for fastest lap and three points for pole there's plenty of scope for everything to change as 36 points split Jajovski, Rasmussen and Race at Home Challenge winner Siggy.
Round 1 at New York City saw the introduction of ATTACK MODE and energy management into the sim threw everything up in the air among the grid of world-class sim racers, though Jajovski managed things nicely for the opening win of the series.
Siggy (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) then sealed the victory at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport Circuit in Round 3 to break Jajovski's streak and thrust the Race at Home Challenge winner right into the mix, before Rasmussen's victory in Round 4 left the top three drivers separated by 19 points of in the standings.
Published on 23rd March 2021
Jajovski then tightened his grip on the Drivers' Championship with top spot in Round 5 as Rasmussen came home third and Siggy struggled to mount a comeback drive and ended with just a point after the frustration of qualifying down in 11th.
The Rome E-Prix Circuit joins the rFactor 2 roll call this week for the Grand Final. Studio 397 has worked flat out to accurately recreate the landmarks and distinguishing features in and around the track and it's a perfect mix of high speed runs and tight, complex sections and undulations with plenty of opportunities for overtaking at the hairpin and some 90-degree bends - peak Formula E and a big favourite of the real-world drivers.
The original 21-turn, 2.860 km track is among the longest in Formula E history and sees the field dive down the Via Cristoforo Colombo over the Start/Finish, before winding their way through the beautiful streets around the Obelisco di Marconi, against the backdrop of the iconic Colosseo Quadrato.
It's a riot to watch - all bumps, undulations, dips and dives - and will require the most delicate of touches from the sim racers to thread the needle and keep it between the barriers.
This week, TAG Heuer Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein will join Jack Nicholls and Derin Adetosoye in the Formula E: Accelerate studio alongside DS TECHEETAH Team Principal Mark Preston and YouTuber and online gamer FailRace.
There's also the second driver race to look forward to, with 12 real-world Formula E drivers taking to the sim seat.