Aussies hold up in virtual Cup of Nations
Monday 27 July, 2020
Team Australia made it to the semi-finals in the FIA’s inaugural VCO Cup of Nations.
Photo: Mia Ott
Five Australian drivers have put on a gallant display for Team Australia during the FIA’s inaugural VCO Cup of Nations for UNICEF over the weekend.
The international virtual series saw 64 drivers from 16 countries go head-to-head across a series of events with competitors using ten different cars from road, oval and dirt racing disciplines.
Representing Team Australia was Bart Horsten, Josh Purwien, Jack Boyd and Mia Ott with the four making it as far as the series’ semi-final competition.
In the opening group stage, the Australians were up against representatives from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Argentina, which they eventually finished second.
During the multiple qualifying races, the team held firm as they finished behind the United Kingdom thanks to a series of top 20 results, which included the team high of 11th in the first race courtesy of Boyd.
As a result of finishing second in the group stages, Team Australia then went up against Group D runner-up Chile in the semi-final but were unable to prevail, with the team falling just short by just 21 points.
With the four drivers’ results accumulating to a score of 136 points, they not only missed out on a ticket to the grand final through winning their match-up, but they also missed out on the sixth and final position in the grand final after Team Spain was declared the best performing loser during the five semi-finals.
Over the multiple races that were part of the final, it was Germany who ended up as champions after pipping France by six points, while Italy rounded out the podium just seven points ahead of the UK.
While the FIA VCO Cup of Nations entertained fans across the world with virtual action on track, the event also saw every driver and sponsor, including Williams Esports, donate money to the child welfare organisation UNICEF.