Button claims second Legends Trophy win

Jamie Woodhouse
Jenson Button takes his second Legends Trophy win.

Jenson Button claimed his second win in The Race Legends Trophy, triumphing over two fellow former McLaren drivers.

The Nurburgring was the setting for round five of the series with drivers racing identical McLaren M23s – Button ensured that he started on pole by snatching the spot from five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro in the closing stages of qualifying.

Button would lead from start to finish, taking the win by two seconds in this six-lap race over his fellow ex-McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Montoya had pulled an impressive move on Jan Magnussen into Turn 1 to claim that P2.

“Yeah, sorry that race wasn’t so exciting but it was a good race for me,” Button said.

“I could see in the mirrors there was a bit of action going on with Jan and JP [Montoya], so it was cool to watch, but I’ll take the win any day.”

Montoya was set to win the reverse-grid second race after polesitter Petter Solberg was wiped out by Dario Franchitti who had caught up and was challenging him for the lead.

That would allow Montoya to take over the lead and cross the line first, but a series of penalties for corner cutting saw Montoya become one of many disqualified from the race, meaning Solberg became the series’ seventh different winner.

Elsewhere in the Esports world, it has been confirmed that Charles Leclerc will be one of the seven drivers to represent Ferrari in the SRO E-Sport GT Series.

He will be a wildcard entry for the first round of the series on Sunday – it will be a one-hour race around Silverstone. Button will also be taking part as the duo compete against other real-world drivers in the ‘Pro Series’ championship.

The championship is run on Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official GT World Challenge sim.

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