The race report of the fifth Challenge

Last year's champion Alejandro Sanchez wins our Championship race at Brands Hatch. The German Simracer Marc Gassner finishes second, and Fabian Vettel plans guest start.

Alejandro Sanchez

Racer League

While Sebastian Vettel takes Aston Martin's best result of the season with sixth place in Baku, the British team also has success in eSports. Simracer Alejandro Sanchez, newly signed by Aston Martin, wins the Brands Hatch race of our Championship.

"I had an extremely good time but didn't think it was possible to overtake on the track," explained the winner from Spain, who started the race from tenth place. "I tried to force the riders in front into mistakes with my pace. I managed that quite well", he says.

However, he has not much to say in the Championship. The reason: he missed two of five races so far. Behind Sanchez, the German simracer Marc Gassner and Lorenzo Heyder complete the podium.

Championship leader Michal Smidl finished fourth and takes a 57-point lead into the next Challenge.

"I tried to force the riders in front into mistakes with my pace. I managed that quite well"

Alejandro Sanchez

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Challenger League

The Challenger League race also offered plenty of racing action and excitement as well. The pole setter, Dario Apa, was able to hold on to the lead for a long time. However, after a driving mistake, he slipped to third place. "At the exit of turn five, I lost the car. That was my own fault," admitted the pilot from the Kemptthal lounge, who scored his first points with the podium finish.

One place further up the order is a driver from the Munich Lounge. Janik Schmitt achieves his best result of the season. "That was a great race. I am overjoyed and speechless," the German is happy.

The victory is secured by Sinan Demirbas. His success brings him to within eight points of the championship leader, David Cid. Demirbas: "I never expected to win at Brands Hatch. Consistency and patience were the keys to success. You can't force anything on this tight circuit."

Fabian Vettel in the Challenger League? The brother of four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian is eyeing participation. "The next races are Silverstone, Spa and Barcelona. I know all the tracks. I definitely fancy a guest start in the Challenger League," reveals the 23-year-old.

For the native of Heppenheim, simracing is also elementary as preparation for real motorsport: "You can practise a course as long as you feel like it and have time," he emphasises. "Then when you get to the track in reality, you are much better prepared and can concentrate on other things."

The next Challenge is coming up at Silverstone on July 30 and 31 . Take part in the Challenger League now: