Hitter and Micouris take last wins ahead of ROKiT Racing Star F4 Grand Final
With an actual funded Formula 4 practice on the line, ROKiT Racing Star contenders have completed the final virtual event, before heading to the Grand Finals later this year.
The last chance had arrived. Saturday night brought the main season of the ROKiT Racing Star F4 Esports Competition UK comes to an end with its fifth and final round before the grand finale located in Bolton, England.
In both sexes, stars have been discovered such as Monica Boulton Ramos and Dylan Warren, among others.
As these two, in particular, could look forward to the LAN event knowing that their qualification was already confirmed, others still needed a good result at the Hockenheimring. There was no more trying, just doing or not doing in the quest to secure a real-world drive.
It was sad to see the girls’ field shrink to just five drivers, although the absence of new recruits essentially confirmed the presence of all the participants in the grand finale. Macie Hitter would claim his second straight pole position ahead of Spa race winner Boulton Ramos.
Timing sheets suggested a one-on-one duel with Ella Wrigley some distance away in third. Jaz Shaw and Charlotte Bell completed the small grid.
Unfortunately for Bell, she didn’t even start, leaving only four cars scrapped towards the Nordkurve as she started her race from the pit lane.
An unusual mistake by Boulton Ramos caused it to slip, confusing Hitter before whom she herself experienced the anomaly of a powerful launch. Wrigley played the situation well but was unable to fight off the poleman’s header.
The red machine kept the pressure on throughout the first lap, but finally cracked on the final corner, spinning the rear tires and allowing Shaw to taste second.
Seeing her rivals get significantly closer was all the incentive Boulton Ramos needed to reclaim her starting position within a lap. At this point, however, Hitter was comfortably seated with a seven-second advantage.
Wrigley escorting Shaw off the podium places would be the last overtake in the contest as he collapsed into five cars far apart. The hitter was untouchable, completing her strong scoring streak to finish the season ahead of a distant Boulton Ramos and Wrigley about 50 seconds behind.
- Batter Macie – 30: 19.234
- Monica Boulton Ramos +9.444
- Ella Wrigley+51.479
- Jaz Shaw +1:20.393
- Charlotte Bell + 1 Tour
The winner of the last race, Deagen Fairclough, did not participate in the boys’ qualifying and therefore gave a lot of hope to those who were close to reaching the grand final to clinch a first place.
Warren was back on pole position in Germany ahead of the high-potential but inconsistent duo of Theo Micouris and Kai Bachini.
A big session for Jack Badger saw the red car take fourth place ahead of Nathan Clifford who took the podium at Monza.
A really clean start for all was satisfying and for Clifford he nailed his launch by passing Badger early on.
Micouris didn’t wait, catching Warren at the hairpin of turn 6 and taking the lead without too much trouble. Bachini, who was among those who needed a good lap, spun out of the same corner on his own.
This forced Clifford to avoid action, again leaving him behind Badger and Tenuk Rodrigo.
Unfortunately, that would be as high as Rodrigo would run. Clifford was in the lead through the hairpin on the next lap and on the next visit Marcus Luzio would also downgrade him one place. Adam Alderton was next to launch a jumping effort in the Mercedes Arena; a success at that.
Luzio had found good speed, making short work of Badger and Clifford after a short stint closing the gap to the two. This would only be the start of a fantastic brawl between the three. The multiple switch-overs to come would invite Alderton to the party with half the race to go.
As much 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 to Warren’s resurgence.
Although a long time coming, the result was worth it as the Boys’ Championship leader sold a dummy in the hairpin before returning to an inside slot. The head was his on the way out.
Disaster would strike Warren with only one minute remaining. What was originally seen as overly cautious defensive lines turned out to compensate for a technical problem. A crazy line into Turn 1 on the final lap gave Micouris the lead and even the race win. In the War for Third, Luzio was victorious by fending off an enraged badger.
- Theo Micouris – 31:22.146
- Dylan Warren +1.810
- Marcus Luzio +8.208
- Jack Badger +8.352
- Adam Alderton+9.757
- Nathan Clifford +9.878
- Guillaume Young +10.069
- Kai Bachini +12.782
- Olivier Bunn +13.266
- Thenuk Rodrigue +13.746