Team Aussies too strong in international invitational

Tuesday 16 August, 2022
Australians have dominated the inaugural Motorsport Australia v Motorsport UK Esports Invitational
Team Australia has enjoyed a dominant night in the inaugural Motorsport Australia v Motorsport UK Esports Invitational, taking out top honours for the event.
 
With the event seeing 20 invited gamers competing in half-an-hour races at both Mount Panorama and Brands Hatch, it was the Aussies who held the majority of top 10 spots in both outings.
 
Taking out in top honours for the evening in general thanks to an emphatic display was Philippa Boquida, who qualified in pole for both races and converted each to race wins.
 
Starting off with Mount Panorama, it was clear that the Australians had the advantage with nine out of the top qualifiers being Australians with Boquida leading the charge on pole.

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Boquida continued her dominance when it came to race and led from lights out to the chequered flag, eventually crossing the finish line five seconds ahead of fellow countryman Andrew Laurenson, while Zachary Smith rounded out the podium.
 
With more Aussies in Matthew Lamb and Ryan Hoolihan finishing inside the top five, the highest placed British drivers were Harry Phillips and Kieran Predagast in sixth and seventh place respectively.
 
Making up the rest of the top 10 for the opening race were Aussies Sean Maddison, Terry Rayton and Matthew Pignata.
 
While the Aussies had the home advantage at Bathurst, the British drivers would have home knowledge of Brands Hatch, however once again, it was Boquida who grabbed pole, edging out Aussie Andrew O’Hara by three tenths.
 
Just like she did in Bathurst, Boquida was too good for the field and comfortably led all race to secure a clean sweep, eventually beating O’Hara by two seconds.

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Phillips did his best to lead the British charge on home soil, claiming the final spot on the podium, however behind him it was most Australians.
 
The next best British driver was Predagast again in seventh, with Smith, Hoolihan and Lamb occupying fourth to sixth.
 
Behind Predagast was a third British driver in Chris Hack, while Maddison and Rayton rounded out the top 10.
 
It was a comfortable outright round victory for Boquida, while Smith took out second place.
 
Remarkably, Phillips pipped Lamb for third overall courtesy of his podium in the Brands Hatch while Hoolihan finished fifth.
 
Click here to view all the results from the event.

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