Gamer Bono Huis wins Formula E eRace
8 January 2017 – Gamer Bono Huis claimed victory during the inaugural Vegas eRace, collecting a jackpot of $200,000 in the process.
A crop of 10 gamers, who had taken part in several rounds of competition to reach the final, were affiliated with a Formula E team each, and linked up with the real-life racers.
Each competitor used Playseat gaming rigs running rFactor 2 software, with Cloud Sport ensuring realism and that the competition was fairly regulated.
The event took place at The Venetian Hotel at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with competitors tackling a specifically designed circuit around the city's streets.
Huis, representing Faraday Future Dragon Racing, dominated the event but dropped behind Mahindra's Olli Pahkala after the pit stops, as the new leader went on to set a string of quick laps.
However, it transpired that a software glitch meant Pahkala's Fanboost was illegally enabled for an additional five laps.
Pahkala crossed the line first, in front of Huis and real-life Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist, but a 12-second penalty demoted him to third.
Huis, who also took $25,000 for pole position, thus took home the $200,000 prize for victory, with Rosenqvist claiming $100,000 and Pahkala $50,000.
Gamers filled the next three positions, with Techeetah's Enzo Benito in fourth, Andretti's Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola in fifth and Jaguar's Greger Huttu sixth.
Professional racers completed the top 10 as DS Virgin pair José María Lopez and Sam Bird took seventh and eighth, in front of Audi's Daniel Abt and NextEV's Nelson Piquet Jr.
"This first eRace in Las Vegas was a great success," said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.
"It's exciting to have brought Formula E into the inner sanctum of CES – the biggest and most influential technology show in the world.
"I think this can be the first in a big future for Formula E in eSports racing.
"We will continue to pursue new and innovative ways to improve our presence in this fast-growing landscape, while maintaining fan engagement at the forefront of all our initiatives."