Series veteran Michal Smidl stormed to victory at the illustrious Italian track, mastering a five second gap to Predator team-mate Vojtech Polesny. Michal Blazek in the Lenovo Legion held off multiple surges from Petr Dolezal to take third place.
One of the world’s most popular mobile phone manufacturer – Xiaomi – and a GEEK brand by one of the biggest online shops in the Czech Republic – CZC.cz – have joined forces to enter Virtual GP. They will be joined by the second Slovak driver on the grid, Martin Koštialik.
One of the biggest telecommunication companies in the world, Vodafone, is getting ready for its first season in Virtual GP. They will support Tomáš Procházka, a rookie with a difficult task ahead to find his form again after almost a two-year long break from virtual racing on a top level.
The global leader in digital security products, Avast, returns for its second consecutive season in Virtual GP. They believe stability is the key to their success, so opted to retain Petr Zoubek as their 2018 driver.
Lenovo Legion is the latest addition to 2018 season. A successful laptop manufacturer who enters its first season under its Legion gaming brand; with highly experienced sim-racer Michal Blažek. They have only one goal – to build a successful team together. Blažek has high hopes for the first part of the season with GT cars after winning the qualifying event with the same car.
After a one-year break, Alza Gaming – a gaming division of Alza.cz – returns to Virtual GP. Alza.cz are leading the e-commerce market in the Czech Republic. The team had previously enjoyed a lot of success in Virtual GP and are looking to pick up from where they left off. Andrej Chlebec is ready to join the team and fight for the win.
SanDisk Extreme Pro are another new team on the Virtual GP grid. SanDisk is a manufacturer of flash memory products, currently owned by Western Digital. The team have appointed Robin Lukáš as their 2018 pilot with a goal to learn and gain more experience.
As an integral part to the Virtual GP championship, Thrustmaster remain as both supplier (of steering wheels, pedals and other gaming accessories) and competitor. In their third season competing, the team have chosen to retain top sim racer, Jaroslav Honzík, for the 2018 season.
The highest placed rookie in the qualifying, Petr Doležal, joins newcomers SECCO+. The maker of unique sparkling wine joins the Virtual GP championship this year with their cars set to feature an elegant design; which is so typical for this brand.
For the first time since Virtual GPs inaugural season, there will be a team running with two cars again. Two-time champion Michal Šmídl joins Predator alongside Vojtěch Polesný who stays with the team after their debut season last year.