Lesquin, September 10, 2021 - Following the Grand Final of the WRC 2021 eSports presented by TOYOTA Gazoo on September 8 live from the Olympic Velodrome in Athens, NACON and KT Racing Studio are pleased to report on the victory of Lohan 'Nexl' Blanc.
Held alongside the EKO Acropolis Rally over 8 qualifying stages and 4 final stages on WRC 10, the official game of the FIA World Rally Championship, eight international players competed throughout the day to reach the final four and a chance to win the title of WRC 2021 eSports World Champion, as well as a Yaris GR road car donated by TOYOTA Gazoo Racing, the season's main sponsor.
A ninth player qualified in a special final for Greek and Cypriot players, in partnership with Kotsovolos and Cosmote. Thus, it is Zeniou_04 who joined the competition alongside the eight best drivers on WRC 10.
After an intense day of selections, the four drivers Lohan 'Nexl' Blanc, Sami-Joe, Izamuzing and Noel qualified to compete in the final, which was held on four stages of the new WRC 10: Elva Reverse (Rally Estonia), Acropolis 1987 (Rally of the Gods), Querol Reverse (Rally Spain) and Kostanjevac Reverse ( Croatia Rally).
And finally Nexl won in 28:03 minutes spread over 4 stages and won the competition! With only 13 seconds difference with Sami-Joe, he managed to take the lead during a particularly eventful final.
Aged 24, Nexl is a regular of sim racing and podiums, as he won the 2017 and 2019 editions of the championship! A great win and a great revenge for the LDLC OC Race Clutch player, as he finished second in the 2020 final in Ypres, Belgium in July 2021 behind Sami-Joe who blew him away with the win by about 10 seconds.
"I am very happy to have won this competition, I can't believe it. I made some mistakes during the special stages, it's a new circuit, a new race, we all made some mistakes" says Nexl, trophy in hand. "That's why I continue the competition, I'm very proud to have been able to win the race for the third time and to have been able to measure myself against such good drivers" he adds.
Now the 2021 winner of the eSports WRC, he wins a Yaris GR offered by TOYOTA Gazoo Racing, main sponsor of the season. In second place, Sami-Joe Abi Nakhle wins a simulator donated by WRC eSports partners Fanatec, Playseat and BenQ/Mobiuz, while a TW Steel watch was given to Dylan Noel for his third place.
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Created in 2006, Kylotonn is one the most important French video game development studios, also known under KT Racing label. Specialized in motorsports and official developer of the WRC FIA World Rally Championship series and Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the company is internationally recognized for its know-how and for the passion of its teams. With more than 110 employees as of today in Paris and Lyon, Kylotonn has developed more than 25 titles distributed by major publishers. Kylotonn has forged itself a strong technological expertise thanks to the real-time 3D engine KT Engine that the company owns. At the forefront of the video game industry, this technology is also used within R&D partnerships on autonomous vehicle projects in the automotive industry. Since 2018, NACON, one of Europe's leading video game publishers, holds a 100% stake in the company. Kylotonn is member of the French National Developers Federation (Syndicat National du Jeu Vidéo) and Capital Games. The company is supported by BPI, IFCIC and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. For more information, visit www.kylotonn.com.
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WRC Promoter GmbH is responsible for all commercial aspects of the FIA World Rally Championship, including TV production and the marketing of global media and sponsorship rights. The Promoter also has responsibility to increase the field of participants and to propose the venues that form the FIA WRC calendar. The World Rally Championship is the FIA’s premium rally series. WRC showcases authentic motorsport, high performance cars and the world’s best drivers competing in dramatic surroundings ranging from the ice and snow of Scandinavia to the blistering heat of Italy in mid-summer. Established in its current format in 1973, WRC participants battle for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world titles at 12 rallies spanning four continents. Additional championship information can be found at www.wrc.com.