MERCEDES CLINCH V10 R-LEAGUE WORLD FINALS VICTORY AFTER STUNNING WEEKEND OF RACING IN ABU DHABI

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Sim Racing finale is a huge hit a Yas Mall, hometown favourites YAS HEAT miss out on final place by narrowest of margins  

Prize pool topping £100,000 was on offer at the conclusion to Abu Dhabi Gaming Month

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Mercedes AMG Esports has been crowned champions in season three of the V10 R-League series after a thrilling finals weekend at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi.

The team qualified for the finals weekend through the wildcard playoff but beat home team YAS HEAT in the semifinals before seeing off the pre-weekend favourites Team Redline, backed by reigning F1 World Champion Max Verstappen, in the final.

Produced by Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management (ADMM) and Gfinity, and facilitated by partnerships with Miral Group, Abu Dhabi Gaming and Etihad Airways, the event was one of the first global esports events to be held in person with a live crowd since the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Ahead of the finals, teams had battled through five tough weeks of online group matches – with all four – Mercedes, Team Redline, YAS HEAT, and R8G – Roman Grosjean’s eSports team, eying the total prize pool of more than £100,000.

Friday’s semifinals saw Team Redline see off the challenge of R8G, which Mercedes broke YAS HEAT hearts with the narrowest of victories.

The first race in their series was voided due to hardware issues, so when the contest finished tied at 2-2, it was Mercedes superior results in the Team Races which saw them qualify.

They would then go on to defeat Team Redline in the final, with YAS HEAT claiming third spot overall.

Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management (ADMM) CEO Saif al Noaimi was delighted with the success of the event and congratulated the victorious Mercedes team.

“Season three of V10 R-League has been superb from start to finish,” he said. “Sim Racing is a hugely important part of driver development and a growing spectator sport around the world.

“To host the finals weekend here in Abu Dhabi was a huge thrill for us, as esports starts to see in-person events returning following the pandemic.

“We have seen some incredible talent on display, and real credit goes to the Mercedes team for taking the title.

“Each season of the V10 R-League has seen growth and development, we thank everyone who has taken part and supported season three and can’t wait for more of the same when season four starts.”

As a regular feature in the training and development of the current and next generation of on-track driving talent across motorsports, Sim Racing allows drivers to replicate their driving performance via simulation in order to perfect their techniques and strategies for race day.

ABOUT ADMM

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM), with its head office at Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, has created unique, world class experiences across Abu Dhabi since 2009.

ADMM have promoted and delivered globally significant events, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix, alongside over 400 events a year across motorsports, health and fitness, entertainment and major corporate conferences. The company also delivers a significant programme of motorsport retail experiences for business and consumer audiences at Yas Marina Circuit across the year. This combined experience means that ADMM has a region-leading team with expertise in event marketing, communications, promotions and project management.

Such talent firmly positions ADMM as a leader in sports management. The company is now seeking to diversify into activities and strategic ventures beyond Yas Marina Circuit in order to build towards a broader long-term vision aligned with its partners and stakeholders in Abu Dhabi.

About gfinity

Gfinity (AIM: GFIN) is a world leading esports business. Created by gamers for the world’s 2.2 billion gamers, Gfinity has a unique understanding of this fast-growing global community. It uses this expertise both to provide advisory services and to design, develop and deliver unparalleled experiences and winning strategies for game publishers, sports rights holders, commercial partners and media companies.

Gfinity connects its partners with the esports community in authentic and innovative ways. This consists of on and off-line competitions and industry leading content production. Relationships include EA SPORTS, Activision Blizzard, F1 Esports Series and the Forza Racing Championship. Gfinity connects directly with competitive gaming consumers through its growing community of gamers on its own platforms: Gfinityesports, RealSport101 and StealthOptional.

All Gfinity services are underpinned by the Company’s proprietary technology platform delivering a level playing field for all competitors and supporting scalable multi-format leagues, ladders and knockout competitions.