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Caught out: Daniel Harper

Caught out: Daniel Harper

Caught out: Daniel Harper

You win some, you lose some as Daniel Harper discovered in this week's round of virtual races.

The 18-year-old former British Porsche Carrera Cup champion won for the first time in the Power Maxed Racing eSeries but 24 hours later he didn't make it beyond the first corner of round three of the British Racing Drivers' Club eSports Championship.

Sitting out the lockdown while his role in the BMW Junior team is suspended, Harper drove an Audi to victory in the Power Maxed round at Oulton Park. He qualified sixth fastest but by lap six he was in the lead and held on to win ahead Josh Malin and Kieran Harrison.

Having finished on the podium in the first two rounds of the BRDC series and holding second place overall, the Hillsborough teenager was looking forward to tackling the Belgian Grand Prix circuit at Spa.

But after a poor qualifying session in his single-seater Dallara he was caught up in a multi-car melee at the notorious La Source hairpin and was taken out of the race.

Aston Martin endurance racer Charlie Eastwood made rapid progress from his mid grid starting position in the 40-strong field and was up to sixth place when he, too, fell victim to a collision.

Jonathan Hoggard dominated the race, leading all the way from pole position to win ahead of Formula 3 driver Enaam Ahmed and McLaren GT driver Jordan Albert. It was Autosport Young Driver of the Year Hoggard's second win of the series and he takes over the lead from Oliver Rowland who finished in sixth place.

Meanwhile Josh McErlean maintained his second place in the virtual British Rally Championship after finishing third in the second round held over Spanish tarmac stages.

The winner was again World Championship co-driver James Morgan but this time McErlean was beaten into second place by James Williams, a rival from the real British Junior series. Round three is in Germany next month.

Belfast Telegraph