June 15th, 2020

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN sign-off Virtual GP season in Canada

Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN completed its involvement in the Virtual GP season with a solid outing in the Canadian Grand Prix. Juan Manuel Correa and Aarav Amin produced a very entertaining performance in the main event of the evening, while Jarno Opmeer and Daniel Bereznay battled the elements in the Pro Exhibition race to finish within the points.

For most of the Virtual GP, Juan Manuel and YouTuber “Aarava” were locked in an intra-team battle – and their finishing position of 14th and 16th show how well matched the pair were. In the end, circumstances made the difference between the two Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN drivers, who nonetheless produced a spectacular battle for the online viewers of the popular series.

In a rain-soaked Pro Exhibition race, Daniel and Jarno did their best to bring the cars to the end on an evening where many were caught out by the slippery track. A strategic decision to opt for inter tyres didn’t pay off for the Hungarian, who finished in P7 at the chequered flag. Dutchman Opmeer, still recovering from his efforts in the Le Mans 24h race just a few hours before, delivered a good performance to round off the top five.

The return to real racing, scheduled for July in Austria, means the Esports drivers will return to action for the 2020 F1 Esports Series after the summer.

 

Juan Manuel Correa (P14, Virtual GP): “I’m sad the series is coming to an end as I really enjoyed driving for the team. As always, the racing was good fun: I had a very intense battle with Aarav for the first quarter of the race, until he had a small incident with another car. Then for the rest of the race I was locked in a fight with [speed skating Olympic champion] Ted-Jan Bloemen”

Aarav Amin (P16, Virtual GP): “Qualifying was pretty decent, I was happy to be on quite a similar pace to Juan. That carried over to the race at the start at least. We were keeping each other honest up until I sadly got hit and spun round before the first pitstops. From there it was a bit of an uphill battle but still a fun experience to share a virtual track with so many pro drivers.”

Daniel Bereznay (P7, Pro Exhibiiton Race): “One-shot qualifying is always a bit of a lottery on this track, especially with the strict off-track penalties and high kerbs. To be on the grid in P8 was not ideal, as the race was a bit of a procession in the wet. I still managed to climb to P6 when it dried, then took a gamble on the inters. Unfortunately, that didn’t work in the end and I only finished P7. The pace for a top three was there, but it was not fully our day. Still, we got a double-points finish with Jarno, so I can’t be too unhappy.”

Jarno Opmeer (P5, Pro Exhibition Race): “The race was very though due to the fatigue of the Le Mans 24h  and the associated lack of practice. Nonetheless, I am still happy to get into the top five in these tricky conditions. I am looking forward to the Esports Series.”