The Lebanese teenager burst onto the eSports WRC scene in 2020 and has made it clear that he does not intend to leave any time soon. Drivers had up until 12:00 CET on Monday (22 February) to set their time and with the clock counting down, it appeared that it would be Sami-Joe’s Seventh Gear e-Sport Club team-mate Mihalo taking out the victory.
However, Sami-Joe returned for one final attempt, bettering the time of his Finnish team-mate to go atop the standings, stopping the clock at 9mins 15.919secs – shaving more than two seconds of Mihalo’s best effort.
Rounding out the top three was two-time champion Nexl. Only managing a third-place finish means Nexl has 33 points, 17 behind the championship-leading Sami-Joe in the overall season standings. Mihalo jumps up to third position with 28 points.
Killian Dallolamo, who had been setting the pace throughout the opening hours of the challenge eventually settled for 12th spot, a further eight seconds off the winning time.
Over on the team’s leaderboard, the one-two finish for Seventh Gear E-Sport Club handed them 55 points to move ahead of Race Clutch in the overall standings. Race Clutch now sit 18 points adrift of the championship newcomers.
Rounding out the top three in Sweden – and ensuring they hold onto their top-three overall position is Williams eSports, who now have 58 total points.
The eSports WRC season continues from 5-8 March when the third round gets underway in Mexico.