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Martin Brundle’s commentator son has leapt to the defence of the organisers of an Esports race after Max Verstappen branded it a ‘clown show’.
The F1 champion, a keen gamer, was taking part in 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race for Team Redline when his connection to the event server went down. As a result, Verstappen’s car, which was in the lead, had to withdraw. Redline’s other car went on to win the race. Verstappen couldn’t contain his disgust at the situation though, with his meltdown being witnessed by viewers of his Twitch stream.
“They call it amazingly bad luck… well this is just incompetence,” he raged. “They can't even control their own game. This is already the third time this has happened to me now, getting kicked off the game while doing this race.”
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He went on: "This is also the last time I'm ever participating because what's the point? You prepare for five months to try and win this Championship, you are leading the Championship, you try to win this race which you have prepared for two months and they handle it like this.
"Honestly, it is a joke. You cannot even call this an event. It's a clown show. That's why it's better to retire the car because driving around in P15 for six hours makes no sense for everyone. It's a disgrace for all the effort we have put in as a team.”
Alex Brundle, a respected racer in his own right, has followed in father Martin’s footsteps by picking up the mic. He was commentating on the race and apologised to those who were hindered by technical issues but defended organisers Motorsport Games.
“I had a great time calling the @LeMansVirtual and working with the broadcast team. I’m not techie enough to truly understand the server issues. But really sorry to all who didn’t enjoy it or lost out at a result. We did our best to be entertaining in the interim,” he said in a Twitter thread.
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“There was some fantastic racing going on, particularly in the closing laps and a testament to the fantastic commitment of the competitors. Congratulations to winners and thanks to the audience for bearing with us.
“Motorsport Games team are a lovely group. Sometimes even our best lets others down, and while not wanting to speak for them, I feel they recognise contingencies were missed. A group of very tired eyes, went flat out all night to keep the show on the road. Be kind if you can.”
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