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Opmeer Tonizza Star On F1 Esports Opening Night

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F1 Esports makes its dazzling return After ten months of waiting the 2020 F1 Esports Pro Series presented by Aramco blasted into life on Wednesday 14 October with two winners from two races and close racing demonstrating just how close the grid is The first two races of the season saw action under the floodlights of Bahrain and also around the brand new venue of Vietnam with the racers s ling Hanoi Street Circuit before the on track F1 stars get their first taste Alfa Romeo rsquo s Jarno Opmeer took victory in the opening race executing a flawless alternate strategy to come across the line just over one tenth ahead of his stablemate Dani Bereznay Opmeer would go on to impress in the second race as well fighting for the lead However the real fight for the lead was contested between Renault Vitality rsquo s Nicolas Longuet and Ferrari Driver Academy Hublot rsquo s David Tonizza Tonizza had endured rotten luck in the opening race losing his front wing on the opening lap and finishing dead last But he rallied in the second race to show steely determination and converted his front row start into a win with a daring last lap pass on Longuet THE LONGUET YARD One man emerged from the opening two qualifying sessions as something of a specialist Frenchman Nicolas Longuet scorched to pole position in both Bahrain and Vietnam and recorded a top five finish in both races Though he was unable to record a victory it rsquo s worth remembering these were only his second and third F1 Esports races proper Appearing just once for Red Bull Racing Esports in 2019 he showed what he could do taking a podium and threatening the lead of the race in his sole outing on Monza He was overwhelmed in Bahrain with Bereznay and Tormala getting the better of him on the opening lap and dropped further due to strategy and the pace of race winner Jarno Opmeer However his racecraft in Hanoi exhibited a never say die attitude only relinquishing the lead at the very last moment as Tonizza powered through With a hefty clutch of points and a podium to his name already Longuet could prove to be one of the rising stars of 2020 OPERATION OPMEER He won twice in 2019 so it was not a huge surprise to see Jarno Opmeer do so again on Wednesday night The difference was the Dutchman looked in complete control this time Dubbed as lsquo The Hotlap specialist rsquo Opmeer rsquo s ability to produce stunning one lap speed has not been in doubt but converting that into consistent race pace is quite another task He was able to do this through careful car management raw pace and superior strategy in both races emerging from this pits in Bahrain behind but making the move on track to seal the deal Again in Hanoi though he couldn rsquo t quite muster enough to take the win he took a stint in the lead of the race ultimately surrendering to Longuet and Tonizza rsquo s preferable track position He takes 40 points with him from the opening two races and will surely be hotly fancied to take more from the third race in China on Thursday TONIZZA TURMOIL hellip THEN TRIUMPH You don rsquo t win the F1 Esports series by accident David Tonizza rsquo s season in 2019 was one of consistency and supreme speed It was strange then to see him qualifying well down the order in Bahrain and finish in dead last Had the upbeat Italian lost his flare Slowed down over the break Or was he maybe just the victim of bad luck The latter certainly seemed to ring true when replays showed he was whacked from the side on the opening lap in Bahrain crippling his front wing and ruining his race The man who races with 95 certainly put on a Lightning performance in the second race though After bouncing back to take second on the grid in qualifying Tonizza looked on song all through the race running in the top three throughout and putting it all on the line on the very last lap to take a sensational win Take a look at his nail biting overtake below Last lap overtakes for the lead are our favourite kind of overtakes 😍 David Tonizza wrestled the lead from NicolasLonguet to take his first win of 2020 F1Esports 🎮 F1 pic twitter com/k7PusH1eK3 mdash Formula 1 F1 October 14 2020 LOOKING FORWARD Event 1 isn rsquo t over yet We have two more streams on the horizon with our Twitch stream of qualifying getting under way from 15 30 BST on Thursday followed by the race stream in the evening Shanghai International Circuit in China is the location with another 35 race loaded and ready to go You can enjoy full uninterrupted coverage of our third race from 19 30 on Twitch YouTube Facebook and on TV with our broadcast partners around the world Wherever you rsquo re watching we hope you rsquo ll join us as we look to make it three from three in 2020 The post Opmeer Tonizza Star on F1 Esports Opening Night appeared first on F1Esports News

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