January. No racing, right? Wrong!
Our Mercedes Esports team was in action at the weekend, taking part in the iRacing Daytona 24 Hours. There was a special guest in our virtual car too; joining regular Esports drivers Bono Huis, James Baldwin, Jarno Opmeer, and Jake Benham was Mercedes Junior, Fred Vesti.
The quintet performed strongly throughout, taking P2 in the LMP2 category. “I’m delighted we took second in our maiden iRacing outing as a team. We weren’t the quickest due to our lack of experience on iRacing, but we maximised everything,” said James.
That lack of experience showed in Qualifying as the team could only manage eighth on the grid. The race, however, was a different story. With each driver completing triple stints in the cockpit, nearly two hours driving at a time, the team made steady progress.
“I really missed endurance racing,” Bono added. “It was great to be back and take part in a race where you are behind the wheel for so long at one time.”