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NGK & NTK Esports Cup: Round 6 Preview – Oulton Park

March 15, 20247 min read

This week, the penultimate round of the 2024 NGK & NTK Esports Cup season takes drivers to iRacing’s virtual Oulton Park.

On March 15, racers will have the chance to lock themselves into the Top 40 spots in the points standings to be able to race in the series finale next month.

As competitors get ready for the sixth round of the campaign, here is what competitors to expect this week:

Points Standings Entering Round 6

POSITIONFULL NAMETEAMR1R2R3R4R5R6TOTALGAP
1Alexander ThiebeURANO eSports100468545723480
2Vince PeetersVisceral Esports13269244925299-49
3John EhlenDörr eSports9228342348225-123
4Gaël ValeroApex Racing Team964968DNSDNS213-135
5Michael HaflidasonAM RACING TEAM6030123640178-170
6Alessio BenderDörr Academy38304251DNS161-187
7Daniel MuthNürburgring eSports504214DNS54160-188
8Yuanxi Lin5Star MotorsportDNS20424352157-191
9Sergi MaturanaAstro Racing803034DNSDNS144-204
10Darwin RomeroAstroRacing684614DNSDNS128-220

After a late-season collapse by Vince Peeters, Alexander Thiebe has a chance to virtually lock the ‘regular season’ championship with a solid round in the United Kingdom. Thiebe enters the round with a 49-point buffer over Peeters in the standings.

John Ehlen is also narrowly within mathematical range, trailing by 123 points to Thiebe.

Gael Valero, who has missed the past two rounds, is another 12 points back.

“I think the main Battle will be between Vince Peeters and Alexander Thiebe,” said Ehlen. “If Gael Valero drives this round, it will be a tough one for me, to stay in third place in the championship.”

Meanwhile, the cutline could be very tight for Athur Gustems. He, Jeffrey Lund, and Noah Borkowski enter Oulton Park tied for 40th place with 34 points. While Lund and Borkowski have not started a race since Round 1, Gustems has been active in the series for much of the season.

However, if any new drivers were to make their debut and win at least one race, Gustems could be bumped out. For example, Kagan Spark, who won the invert race during their debut appearance at the virtual Hockenheimring, scored 40 points that day (six points ahead of the cutline).

When asked about the bubble race entering this week, Gustems indicated he would be out for this week’s round due to a medical procedure.

In other words, any new drivers or returning drivers who score points could bump Gustems below the Top 40 cutline with no chance to respond on-track.


More About Oulton Park

LocationLittle Budworth, Cheshire, England
Track Length2.672 km (1.660 miles)
Turns12

The second-last round of the campaign takes drivers to what could be the second-most challenging course of the campaign.

Oulton Park features a mix of blind corners, heavy elevation, and very little drafting sections to build pass attempts. With drivers using the Fosters Circuit layout, there are two prime areas to build slipstream in the Toyota GR86 – the quick run up to the frontstretch into Old Hall Corner and the straightaway from Druids to Lodge Corner.

“I really like Oulton Park,” said Ehlen. “The track offers mostly fast corners and it’s not that easy to overtake, especially on this short layout.”

Ehlen emphasized multiple times the difficulty to pass. He explained how qualifying would be extremely important.

Another huge factor for this round could be the potential of rain.

Since the last round, iRacing has added rain to its weather system. According to league admin Jerome Berthiaume, the series will be using the platform’s new forecasted weather system for the remainder of the season.

Per Berthiaume, there is a 39 percent chance it rains during the round.

“The biggest challenge will be the reverse grid and maybe the rain,” said Ehlen. “On this layout, overtaking is hard and if we have rain in this round, it will be even harder.”


Timeline For Round 6

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 5 in 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

PositionPoints
15
24
33
42
51

Race Points

PositionPointsPositionPoints
1401112
2341210
330139
427148
524157
622166
720175
818184
916193
1014202
211

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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