Canadian karter Patrick Woods-Toth won the first ever Rotax SIM Racing Challenge overnight.
The 16-year old beat pole-sitter and Pre-Final B winner Diago Francisco with brilliant around-the-outside last-lap move in the 25-minute final.
Earlier, he had taken P2 in the opening Pre-Final, matching the pace of fastest qualifier and race winner Johnny Guindi.
The only Australian to qualify in the top 72 drivers was WA’s Colin Suttie. Unfortunately he was wiped out in the opening lap of pre-final B.
Woods-Toth has been racing karts for eight years, (3 years longer than his Sim) and made his Rotax Grand Finals debut in Micro MAX in New Orleans (USA) where he finished 3rd in just his second season racing.
He has qualified twice since to represent Team Canada, and last year winning won the Canadian Open.
“I had a great time racing in the Rotax Sim Racing Challenge. Racing with and against so many incredible racers and sim racers was an amazing experience” he said.
“In qualifying, each position was separated by less than 1-tenth which is super close; because in real races it’s very hard to have such a tight field. I think the match up was pretty fair. Diogo [Francisco], Johnny [Guindi], … all of these guys were super fast and are accomplished sim racers across many different games, yet I managed to hold my own and stay right up there with them to race for the win.
“This was definitely one of the most competitive [eSports events] I’ve ever raced in, even compared to in ‘real life’ races. I really enjoyed the event and I am so happy to be on the top step of the virtual podium! Big thanks to PrimePowerTeam and Rotax!”
Patrick’s race mechanic Kenneth O’Keefe was also competing and finished third, after qualifying P5.
The win now gives the Senior MAX driver the chance to race at the Rotax Grand Finals 2020 in Bahrain in the Project E20 eKart. Cash prizes are awarded to the other drivers finishing up to 5th.
Rotax Sim Challenge Final
|4||220496||László Sövér||-03.773||1:42.674||Central-Eastern Europe|
|6||443811||Robert De Haan||-18.589||1:43.261||Benelux|
|13||24176||Adrian Czuchaj||-33.960||1:43.770||Central-Eastern Europe|
|14||471684||Marcell Darvasi||-37.096||1:43.855||Central-Eastern Europe|
|15||442720||Guilherme De Oliveira||-40.657||1:43.389||Iberia|
|20||409915||Jerzy Glac||-1:06.972||1:43.414||Central-Eastern Europe|
|21||79495||Gerardo Babio Ramos||-1:13.609||1:42.596||Iberia|
|24||59753||Justin Allison||-1 L||1:42.917||Africa/South Africa|
|25||471884||Gabriel Salomon||-2 L||1:43.270||Scandinavia|
|26||59865||Mikko Nässi||-5 L||1:42.574||Finland|
|27||55618||Benny Simonsen||-5 L||1:42.567||UK and I|
|28||474833||Florian Garcia4||-7 L||1:43.721||France|
|29||489800||Dmitry Kofanov II||-12 L||2:02.603||Central-Eastern Europe|
|30||308986||Matt Higgins||-14 L||UK and I|
|31||362071||Teddy Sin||-14 L||Texas|
|32||132444||Johnny Guindi||-15 L||Mexico|
|33||209287||Alberto Palencia||-15 L||Iberia|
|34||295288||José I. Soria||-15 L||Iberia|
|35||44063||Dennis Wehdeking||-15 L||DE-AT-CH|
|36||414058||Adilson Junior||-15 L||Brazil|
|DQ||Nathan Maia Brito|