Former F1, IndyCar and NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya won The Race Legends Trophy ROKiT Triple Crown title by a narrow margin from David Brabham in a dramatic conclusion to the Esports competition.
After online races held over previous weekends at Monaco and Indianapolis, the double points finale was staged at Le Mans.
The last round consisted of a short three-lap sprint followed by the main 45-minute endurance event in which the Legends were joined on track by all the other classes competing in the overall ROKiT Triple Crown tournament.
For the finale organised by motorsport publication The Race, The Legends were grouped into the LMP2 class and started from the front, with Rubens Barrichello having earlier qualified in pole position.
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The Brazilian proved to be in a class of his own throughout, immediately taking the lead of the race and sailing off into the distance. Karun Chandhok slotted into second place, and the pair were eventually joined on the podium by Oriol Servia.
The main excitement was the battle for fourth between Montoya and Andy Priaulx. Montoya had a safe lead early on but spun after contact with Servia, and after that was left in a dog fight with Priaux for the rest of the race.
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With Montoya’s title rival David Brabham gradually creeping up the order to finish in seventh place, it was essential for the Colombian to take fourth to win the championship.
Things got rough on the final lap and Montoya once again clashed with Seria and also bumped Priaulx before finally crossing the line in the coveted fourth place. The result stood after a stewards review of what had taken place.
It meant that Montoya finished the Triple Crown series with 248 points, just four clear of Brabham. Priaulx himself was third in the final standings ahead of rally star Petter Solberg.
Fernando Alonso ended the championship in fifth, despite having gone into the final race in contention for the title after winning the earlier sprint event.
Alonso had started from the back of the 14-car grid for the short race after a mistake on his first qualifying lap left him too late to set a time on his second. However he quickly scythed through the pack to take victory and reignite his title hopes.
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