While neither driver could claim victory in Team Redline’s latest Esports battle, Max Verstappen and Lando Norris put on quite the show.
It was the third round of Team Redline’s “Real Racers Never Quit” Esports Championship, and Verstappen came into this one as the man to beat.
The format consists of two ten-lap races for each round, and Verstappen had won three of the opening four races.
In round three of the competition drivers were running V8 Supercars on the virtual Watkins Glen circuit, a historic New York track which hosts NASCAR and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events. Formula 1 and IndyCar have also gone racing here in the past.
Verstappen qualified P7, behind Norris, though the top seven were separated by only 0.129 seconds.
The Dutchman stayed out of trouble at the start and improved to P5, at which points Norris was the man ahead.
The pair battled throughout the race in a thrilling fight, but Verstappen was not able to make the pressure count as Norris held on to P4, while Verstappen was forced to settle for P5.
After the virtual race, as quoted by Essentiallysports.com, Verstappen said: “I was just too slow, I don’t know why yet, I am still learning a lot about the track.”
In the second race a nightmare start for Verstappen meant that a recovery drive to P10 was the best he could achieve.
Audi factory driver Kelvin van der Linde, Verstappen’s closest title rival, took both wins at Watkins Glen, meaning he cut Verstappen’s Championship lead from 120 points to 68.