Sim racing gamer Bono Huis has been confirmed as the winner of the inaugural Las Vegas eRace and has pocketed a $200,000 jackpot.
Hosted at the Venetian Hotel in the Sport Business Innovation zone, A non-championship Formula E round has seen the regular Formula E drivers race against ten of the world’s fastest sim racers all competing for a share of a $1,000,000 cash prize. Each of the ten sim racers was chosen to represent one of the ten Formula E teams.
Dragon Racing’s Huis, who had topped both practice sessions before claiming pole position (and claiming $25,000 for doing so), lead the opening proceedings of the race.
Fellow sim-racer Olli Pahkala (Mahindra Racing) inherited the lead through the pit stop phase, demoting Huis to second, and initially took the victory.
However, a software issue caused Pahkala to use FanBoost for six laps, as opposed to the usual six seconds, resulting in much faster race lap times for the Finn.
Pahkala was handed a twelve-second penalty and demoted to third behind Huis and regular Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing).
Techeetah driver Enzo Bonito finished in fourth place ahead of Aleksi Uusi-Jaakola (Amlin Andretti) and Jaguar’s Greger Huttu.
Jose-Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing), Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), Daniel Abt (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nelson Piquet (NextEV Nio) all finished in the top ten.
Sim-racer David Greco (Renault e.dams) crossed the line in 15th place, but set the Visa Fastest Lap and picked up $10,000 in the process.