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Lorenzo Gualtieri won three races to claim the inaugural Virtual Knysna Simola Hillclimb race and King of the Hill title.
In his first race, he took victory in a Nissan GT-R Nismo, following that up with further wins behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and BMW M3 GT2, respectively, and placed fourth in race two (Audi TT Cup) and third in race five (Pagani Zonda R) to finish on 51 points for the five-race final.
Victory saw him secure an entry into the Motorsport South Africa Showdown event of the Mercedes Benz ProSeries final.
Gualtieri added: "What an awesome event. I enjoyed it so much. Thanks to the organisers for putting together such a great event. It was super competitive, and I really enjoyed competing against all the drivers. I can't wait for the next one.
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"The event's format saw the top 10 competitors from the four qualifying rounds going through to the final of the Virtual Knysna Simola Hillclimb. The finalists then had from Monday 26 April to practice in all five of the cars selected by the organisers for the finals.
Monarch Events, who developed the game in conjunction with Knysna Speed Festival, provided five dedicated servers for the competitors to practice on from 26 April to 7 May. The practice times set by the competitors were then used as seeding times for the start of qualifying on race day, with the fastest going first. In turn, the qualifying sessions on race day determined the reverse start order for the races, as is done in the real Simola Hillclimb.
In total, 15 512 online runs up the hill were recorded in the four qualifying rounds – equalling a combined race distance of 29 472km. During the ten days of seeding, the ten competitors posted 3 772 runs up the hill, equalling 7 167km. Monarch's servers recorded a total of 36 639km being driven up the hill during the event.