World eX guest drivers prevail in Bizz opener

Season 5 of World eX Bizz got underway on the virtual track of Suzuka in Japan.

World eX Bizz is the little sister of the World eX Championship, bringing together interesting people working in motorsports, esports racing, mobility and clean energy.

A couple of new teams and drivers entered the series for Season 5 including Team Brit. The outfit from the UK has the aim to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours with a team consisting solely of handicapped drivers.

Bizz regular Markus Martin qualified on pole position for Race 1, but after a frantic opening stage the guest drivers from the World eX Championship prevailed, with Patrick Long Esports driver Henry Drury scoring his first victory at the wheel of the eX ZERO, beating Nicolas Hillebrand and defending Bizz Champion Julius Martin.

The reverse-grid Race 2 was full of drama including a multiple-car pileup which involved two-time Bizz Champions Julius Martin and Michael Niemas.

tv racing’s Steffen Walter led for most of the race, starting from pole position after a spin in the first race. But Walter was just caught by Nicolas Hillebrand and Henry Drury on the final lap. 

A 25-second penalty was imposed on Drury for track limits after the race, dropping him to P8.

Markus Martin was the best AM driver in both races, scoring an overall podium in Race 2.

World e-X co-founder Mike Rockenfeller was involved in incidents in both races. The German recovered to fourth in Race 1 but did not finish Race 2.

After two of ten races, Nicolas Hillebrand is leading the standings ahead of Henry Drury with Markus Martin the best regular of the Bizz series in P3.