Friday night was the turn of the electric cars at night in the flood lit circuit of Yas Marina for the final outing for TORA Formula E. The season finale race was set to be no more than an extended testing process for the team as VPR had already secured second place overall in the final team standings for the TORA Formula E series several weeks before. Only eleven cars turned up to race at the final meeting of the season as many privateers and teams decided to opt out of taking part. The last several rounds have seen noticeably decreasing numbers of participants taking part in the series as people began to seemingly lose interest in the TORA Formula E championship.
The eleven cars took to the track to set their best lap times in the seven lap qualifying session. AnonCaliga made several minor alterations to his car at the last minute before the qualifying session began which didn’t pay off for him as he had hoped, AnonCaliga set a qualifying time of 1:05.055 placing his VPR team car 10th on the grid for the race. Select Veepz and Nutter, more at one with their team cars again set the best quali times for the team placing them on the first and second rows of the grid for race start. Veepz posted a 1:02.624 qualifying time placing him 2nd on the grid and Nutter placed his car 3rd on the grid for race start by posting a quali time of 1:02.781.
Select Veepz making an amazing start off the grid for race start soon took the lead with Nutter behind. AnonCaliga still struggling with his car into the tight bends of the circuit wasn’t going to play any huge part in the final race of the season and by his own admission was really only on track for the photo opportunity of the team cars together. Early on in the race AnonCaliga and a privateer driver got tangled up in a minor collision whilst the pair fought for 8th position and although AnonCaliga took the position and held it for several laps the chasing driver seemingly wasn’t going to forget or forgive losing the position because shortly after the same chasing driver began leaning on AnonCaliga into the bends repeatedly running AnonCaliga’s car off the track until it came to a head on lap twelve when the chasing car passed AnonCaliga from what looked to be off track and as the pair drag raced their cars into the penultimate bend of the lap neither would relinquish and brake before the other resulting in AnonCaliga locking up and both taking too much speed into the bend inevitably making contact again. AnonCaliga later said “It was a fair race between the pair of us into the hairpin bend until the other guy made it personal and decided to try taking me out but unfortunately for him he came off worse in that bend.” Due to the contact made between the pair AnonCaliga would eventually need to make an unscheduled pit stop just a lap later for steering repairs. AnonCaliga would eventually finish his race no better than where he started in 11th place.
Meanwhile Select Veepz and Nutter still far out in front of the field where beginning to lap back markers. Select Veepz who led the majority of the race did however trade places with another driver for several of the closing laps as Nutter directly behind in 3rd position waited for one of the two ahead to make a mistake so he could seize his opportunity and take the lead. Throughout the race Select Veepz came under a sustained amount of contact from the driver behind who continually rammed Select Veepz car in attempt to push Select Veepz off track, the chasing driver who was clearly out raced and out driven all season by Select Veepz resorted to deliberately trying to spin Select Veepz at each corner, the very same tactic this particular driver in the series had done throughout the course of the series. In a final act of desperation and an act of ‘winning at all cost’ the chasing driver who had also cut corners for the entirety of the race ran into Select Veepz one final time on the closing lap causing Veepz to miss a turn in point and run a rumble strip which was enough for the driver behind to squeeze past and take the win. Was the win taken fairly we ask? No, but neither was any of his race wins throughout the season and cheating seemingly gets rewarded by the race organiser who sent the race winner a free ticket to the upcoming London ePrix. Nutter, who was sitting just behind Select Veepz and the unnamed cheating competitor took note of the amount of times Select Veepz was verbally abused, pushed, hit, rammed and slammed into throughout the race and decided to make it known that he had watched these actions throughout the entire race and that the race itself was being recorded as proof of the other drivers actions, by speaking out in defence of his team mate Nutter was then met with cross words from the lobby host who had sat for the entire race listening to Select Veepz taking abuse from the unnamed driver yet the lobby host said nothing about this. Nutter finally crossed the line in 3rd place with Select Veepz unfairly being awarded 2nd place after he had led the race for its majority whilst keeping his calm and not saying a word even while being crashed into throughout the race and verbally abused by the other driver.
The VPR team proprietor spoke to the VPR Media team leader after the race and had this to say;
“I have seen the footage from the race and cannot believe the blatant amount of corner cutting carried out by ********** or the amount of times he can be counted and seen deliberately trying to put Select Veepz off track in a disgusting attempt to pass. It seems this person, with the driving etiquette of a public lobby driver, tends to resort to dirty, under handed tactics when he is being out driven and in desperation to take a win by force. He should ask himself if he feels proud knowing that he didn’t actually take a fair win, rather he cheated as usual as he did throughout the season. Our guy Veepz is a far superior virtual racer who raced very fairly all season and kept his head down, in my eyes, to the rest of our team and others I’ve spoken with, it is Veepz that is the clear winner, not to mention, better driver. I also find it strange that the driver in question is utterly rubbish in every other series he’s entered into yet his car in this Formula E series seems questionably unbeatable, I find that very curious, as do many other people.”