The Lebanese teenager entered the fray on Sunday night (07 March), automatically assuming his position at the top of the leaderboard. Once more, his biggest challenge came from two-time champion Nexl, who was out for redemption following a poor showing in Mexico twelve months ago.
However, the Frenchman, despite improving on 2020, could not match Sami-Joe and had to settle for second spot, almost four seconds off the pace. Rounding out the podium with his first top-three placing of the season was Kriim, nearly seven seconds off the winning time.
Kriim has shown marked improvement on every round so far, improving from seventh, to fifth, to third.
Kriim’s podium finish was also the first podium this season for eRally Drivers, and the first time so far this year that three different teams have been represented in the top three. In fact, five different teams made up the top-five, with Virtual Best Racing driver Hujda in fourth and Botti Jr of Williams eSports in fifth.
Thanks in large part to Sami-Joe’s performance, Seventh Gear eSport Club have been able to further consolidate their position at the top of the teams’ leaderboard, moving to 143 points, 25 clear of second-placed Race Clutch. Despite a modest weekend, Williams eSports hold onto third place by moving to 74 points, but will be feeling the pressure from eRally Drivers, who are now just five points behind.
The eSports WRC season continues from 19-22 March when action moves to South America for Rally Argentina. Action is open to anyone playing WRC 9.