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07 Apr 2021 ------

REDLINE: Defending champions take aim at retaining the crown

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With a large target on their back, the title favourites are not shying away from the challenge.

Season 2 of the V10 R-League will see Team Redline return to defend their crown.

This time it will be against an expanded field that includes every team from Season 1 along with McLaren Shadow and R8G Esports.

Season 1

Redline was the dominant force in Season 1 of the V10 R-League.

There was rarely a point when the team didn't look as though they were going to win the championship. Redline only dropped points on two occasions, the championship finale v Williams and a dropped point to JAESA Suzuki.

Aside from that, it was nothing but clean sweep victories for Redline, they looked a class above the competition. For Season 2, Redline will be hoping for more of the same.

However, with the new format, two new teams, and the group stage being introduced for Season 2, Redline will have to adapt.

Drivers

Given their level of success, Redline has unsurprisingly maintained most of their drivers from Season 1.

Michal Smidl and Jeffrey Rietveld both return for Redline as two of their three main drivers. Atze Kerkhof and Ben Cornett also stay in the fold, but as the team's nominated reserve drivers.

Italian sim star Enzo Bonito takes the third seat for Redline, adding incredible pace to their lineup.

In an exclusive interview with RacingGames.GG, Enzo said: “This is quite a unique format and it’s something I’ve had to learn as I go along, because it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. It takes some practice to get used to the setup and the rules, but it’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait to have my first battle on track."

Season 2 expectations

Redline will be hoping for more of the same in Season 2. If they repeat their imperious form from Season 1, they'll be back-to-back champions without a doubt.

However, it's never quite that simple in racing.

Redline has been drawn in Group A alongside Aston Martin, R8G Esports, YAS HEAT and championship hopefuls Red Bull.

Red Bull will be their main rivals in Group A, but the talents of Aston Martin, R8G Esports, and YAS HEAT can cause some problems too.

Only one team from each group attains automatic qualification to the semi-finals and both Red Bull and Redline will be desperate to ensure it's them. If Redline has to go through the quarter-finals stage to qualify, it could put the team on the backfoot.

If they didn't finish top of Group A, Redline would likely face McLaren Shadow or BMW in the quarter-finals, neither of which is a pushover. Team Principal Diederick Kinds is not shying away from upcoming battles though:

“Bring it on! We love to battle, that’s what we live for. […] we did not win everything, we suffered our losses and learned from that. […] please, bring on the heat!”

Make no mistake about it though, Redline is the team to beat in Season 2. Any team that comes out on top against Redline will be very difficult to prevent winning the championship.

How to watch

V10 R-League Season 2 kicks off on Monday, 12 April.

Viewers in the UK can watch all the action from the best matchup of the week on BT Sport 2 every Monday at 8pm BST, with the remaining matches shown throughout the week!

Fans in the Middle East and North Africa can get all the action through StarzPlay. ESPN 3 will be showing the races to all those in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Oceania.

Make sure to check local listings and video-on-demand services for exact times!

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