With a financed real-world Formula 4 drive on the line, ROKiT Racing Star contenders completed the final virtual event, before heading to the Grand Final later this year.
The last chance had come. Saturday night brought the main season of the ROKiT Racing Star F4 Esports Competition UK comes to a close with its fifth and final round before the Grand Final in Bolton, England.
In both genres, stars like Monica Boulton Ramos and Dylan Warren, among others, have been discovered.
As those two in particular could look forward to the LAN event with the certainty that their qualification was already confirmed, others still needed a good result at the Hockenheimring. There were no more attempts, just do or don’t in the quest to secure a unit in the real world.
It was a sad sight to see the girls’ field whittled down to just five drivers, although the lack of more rookies essentially confirmed the presence of all entrants in the Grand Final. Macie Hitter would take her second consecutive pole position ahead of Spa race winner Boulton Ramos.
Timing sheets suggested a one-on-one duel on the front row with Ella Wrigley some distance behind in third. Jaz Shaw and Charlotte Bell completed the tiny grid.
Unfortunately for Bell, he didn’t even make the start, leaving just four cars to descend into Nordkurve as he started his race from the pitlane.
An unusual error by Boulton Ramos spun her around, unnerving Hitter, who was experiencing the anomaly of a hard pitch. Wrigley took advantage of the situation well, but was unable to wrest the early lead from the polesitter.
The red machine kept up the pressure through the first lap, but eventually spun out of the final corner, spinning the rear tires and allowing Shaw to test for second place.
Seeing his rivals get significantly closer was all the incentive Boulton Ramos needed to regain his starting position in the course of a lap. At this point, however, Hitter was sitting comfortably with a seven-second lead.
Wrigley escorting Shaw out of the podium places would be the last overtake of the competition as it was reduced to five cars lapping wide apart. Hitter was untouchable, completing his solid run of finishes to finish the season ahead of a distant Boulton Ramos and Wrigley some fifty seconds behind.
- Macie Hitter – 30: 19,234
- Monica Boulton Ramos +9,444
- Ella Wrigley +51,479
- Jaz Shaw +1:20,393
- Charlotte Bell + 1 Lap
The winner of the last race, Deagen Fairclough, did not show up for Boys qualifying and thus gave those about to make it to the Grand Final a lot of hope for a first place finish.
Warren was back on pole position in Germany ahead of the high-potential but inconsistent duo of Theo Micouris and Kai Bachini.
A great session for Jack Badger saw the red car in fourth place ahead of Nathan Clifford who finished on the podium at Monza.
A really clean start for everyone was satisfying and for Clifford, he got his shot right past Badger early on.
Micouris wasn’t expecting, he caught up with Warren at the Turn 6 hairpin and took the lead without much fuss. Bachini, who was one of those who needed a good round, spun of his own volition at the exit of the same corner.
This forced Clifford to avoid action, leaving him behind Badger once again and Tenuk Rodrigo’s assault.
Sadly, this would be the highest Rodrigo would ever run. Clifford was ahead at the hairpin turn on the next lap and on the next visit Marcus Luzio would also demote him one place. Adam Alderton was next to launch a cavalier effort at the Mercedes Arena; a successful one at that.
Luzio had found good speed, making quick work of both Badger and Clifford after a brief period to close the gap on both. This would be just the beginning of a fantastic fight between the three of them. The multiple position swaps to come would invite Alderton to the party with half the race to go.
Just as the battle for third place was on, so was the battle for the lead. The final ten minutes were a tense affair with Micouris hanging on for the life of him against the resurgent Warren.
Although it was a long time coming, the result was worth it, as the men’s championship leader sold a dummy at the hairpin before returning to an inside charge. The advantage was his at the start.
Disaster would strike Warren with only a minute left. What were originally thought to be overly cautious defensive lines turned out to be compensation for a glitch. A wild line into Turn 1 on the final lap gave Micouris the lead and indeed the race win. In the war for third place, Luzio emerged victorious fending off a rabid Badger.
- According to Micouris – 31:22.146
- Dylan Warren +1,810
- Marco Luzio +8,208
- Jack Badger +8,352
- Adam Alderton +9,757
- Nathan Clifford +9,878
- Young William +10,069
- Kai Bachini +12,782
- Oliver Bunn +13,266
- Thenuk Rodrigo +13,746