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The eighth round of the Competition 2021 in Monza offered top-class sim racing. Spectacular duels in both leagues provided the best entertainment for spectators and drivers. In the end it was Madrid that showed the best performance

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Racing Lounge Zurich is moving!

With the end of the Monza Challenge, a short but very brilliant era of the Racing Lounge Zurich on Dreikönigstrasse also comes to an end. Seven times in the six previous Challenges, a driver from the Lounge Zurich was able to cheer on the podium. A number that made it the most successful Swiss lounge this year. This time, however, there was no podium finish in either the Challenger or Racer League. The Racing Lounge will remain part of the competition, however, and will be located in the Circle - right next to Zurich Airport.

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Racer League races with prominent new drivers

Newcomer Moritz Löhner had a difficult debut in the Racing Lounge Munich. The eSports DTM Champion and GT Masters Champion missed out on points at his first appearance in the Racer League. He lost valuable seconds very early on after a collision and a spin in the Parabolica. In the end, he managed to work his way up from 17th to twelfth place. In addition to Löhner, the Germans Nick Schulte-Wissermann (14th place) and Fabio Unverduss (18th place), who are also familiar faces in sim racing as well as on the race track, also made their debut.

New Leader in the Racer League

The race was won by new championship leader Alejandro Sanchez ahead of Coque Lopez and Vojtech Polesny. Sanchez, who comfortably took victory, starting from first place, now leads the championship by eleven points ahead of Czech Michal Smidl. Sanchez: "I'm happy to have taken the lead. But a lot can still happen." In addition to the title, the exciting battle is also about prize money of 5,000 Swiss francs, which awaits the overall winner.

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Tension to the end in the Challenger League

The Challenger League was even more exciting. No less than four pilots were fighting for first place. The top three in the championship, Javier Loro, Marcos Valverde and David Cid, as well as Tiziano Caponio, showed the very best sim racing. All the overtaking manoeuvres and thrilling duels made for arguably the best race of the 2021 Challenger League.

In the end, pole setter David Cid came out on top, having to fend off attacks from championship leader Javier Loro on the last lap. "Fighting in Monza is very complicated. Staying calm was my goal," explained race winner Cid, who dropped back to third place during the race. "And when the opportunity to overtake arose, I took my chance."

"Being in second place now gives me extra motivation in the race for the championship".

- David Cid, Winner of Monza

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Championship not yet decided!

Cid moves up to second place in the championship with the win and reduces the gap to championship leader Loro to 17 points. Loro feels the pressure from his Spanish compatriot: "I'm of course a bit nervous. I don't know what's going to happen the next few races and I'm hoping for calm races."

On the other hand, it is unlikely that anyone other than the Spanish drivers will make it to the podium in the overall standings. Gian Teufen, who was unable to score any points due to his absence, is currently in fourth place. He is 26 points behind P3 with two races to go. At least Jason Bläsig was able to catch up with 4th place in Monza and is still 18 points behind Teufen.

Two rounds to go

The competition continues on the Mugello circuit. The penultimate rounds of the Racer and Challenger League will take place on 21 November. No decision has been made yet. So it's worth putting the dates in your diary and following the racing action live on Twitch!