NGK & NTK Esports Cup: Round 5 Preview – Rudskogen Motorsenter

February 28, 20245 min read

The top drivers in the NGK & NTK Esports Cup have all their memes packed in their bags for their virtual trip to Norway. On March 1, some of the top racers on iRacing will be racing at the virtual Rudskogen Motorsenter. It’s the first time in series history it will be racing at the Norwegian track.

As competitors get ready for the fifth round of the season, here is what competitors should expect this week:

Points Standings Entering Round 5

1Alexander ThiebeURANO eSports1004685452760
2Vince PeetersVisceral Esports132692449274-2
3Gaël ValeroApex Racing Team964968DNS213-63
4John EhlenDörr eSports92283423177-99
5Sergi MaturanaAstro Racing803034DNS144-132
6Darwin RomeroAstroRacing684614DNS128-148
7Norbert LeitnerImpulse Racing801822DNS120-156
8Alessio BenderDörr Academy38304251161-115
9Daniel MuthNürburgring eSports504214DNS106-170
10Michael HaflidasonAM RACING TEAM60301236138-138

After trading bad rounds with Vince Peeters, Alexander Thiebe enters Norway with a two-point lead over him in the championship standings.

With Gael Valero and Sergi Maturana not starting the last round, it’s down to Peeters and Thiebe for the regular season title.

More About Rudskogen

LocationRakkestad, Norway
Track Length3.254 km (2.022 miles)

A funny thing heading into this week’s circuit: most of the series regulars have decided to communicate strictly with memes for almost two weeks straight. When asked about what drivers thought about this week’s race, Peeters set the tone with this gif:

Michael Haflidason, who has had a lot of bad luck with keeping clean for several weeks, responded in kind:

Nikolas Nolde, who has contended for several wins this season, decided to add to the theme of un-optimism:

As mentioned back in Winter 2023, drivers will need to zip around what is a very tight racing surface. One of the prime opportunities to pass is the frontstretch. With 640 metres to work with, drivers tend to attempt to make their passes by the time they get to Turn 1.

Esports Brand Ambassador Patricija Stalidzane breaks down the circuit in her track guide here:

Timeline For Round 5

Time (CET)EventDuration
18:00 CET-19:15 CETFree Practice75 Mins
19:15 CET-19:25 CETQualifying 10 Mins
19:27 CET-19:52 CETRace 125 Mins
19:54 CET-20:19 CETRace 2 25 Mins – Reverse Grid

The Points Structure

Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position in their server and the Top 5in qualifying will also receive additional points as detailed below. This is designed to stop driver sandbagging for the reverse grid race.

A multiplier will be applied as a bonus based on how many splits were available for the race. After stewarding has taken place, the results will be processed and announced on the RaceSpot TV Website at http://racespot.tv/ngk-atk.

Qualifying Points


Race Points


The Prizes On Offer

For the first six rounds, drivers have the chance to win the following:

First Place – 100 €  Second Place – 50 €  Third Place – 25 €

The winner of the overall NGK & NTK ESPORTS CUP 2024 will receive a One Bavarian Simtech Wheel + 500 €. The second place driver will receive a One Tailoredrig (NGK Branded) + 250 €, and third place driver will receive an Alphatec Racing LED Screen + 150 €.

Positions 4-5 will receive 50 € , and Positions 4-10 will receive a NGK & NTK Goodie Bag. nThe driver with the fastest lap in the finals will receive a VRS Subscription.

How To Watch

You can catch the race on RaceSpot TV’s YouTube page on Friday afternoon, with live reporting of events here on RaceSpot News. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more upcoming events, and make sure to come back to RaceSpot News to view the race recap after the event.

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My name is Justin Prince. Since 2018, I have been broadcasting races with RaceSpot TV. I also have experience calling several iRacing World Championship Series over the past seven years. However, I also have more than 10 years of freelance reporting/journalism experience with various groups and companies.


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