The sixth round of the Danish Esport Racing Championship was scheduled to be raced on the historical Brazilian track Interlagos. The standings in the championship could not be any closer, as only three points separated Alexander Lauritzen and Thomas Hjeresen. For that reason, there was a prospect of a close and exciting fight for the championship in the new race series
Daniel Lundgaard showed great form when he once again secured pole position in the first heat of round six. Dali Jankovic, who wanted to finish the season on a good note, started right behind Lundgaard in the second position. Alexander Lauritzen was able to ensure a good starting point in order to secure the championship in that he started from P3, while Thomas Hjeresen only managed to qualify in P7
The narrow first combination of corners on the Brazilian track, named after the legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna, caused problems for the field, as the drivers did not manage to go cleanly through turn one. Mathias H. Jensen collided with another car on the blocked the apex, making it difficult for the drivers behind. Daniel Lundgaard made it through turn one without any problems and immediately began to build a gap to second place. Alexander Lauritzen managed to keep his nose clean as well and stayed in third. Lauritzen wanted to improve his track position and quickly closed the gap to Dali Jankovic in second. He completed the pass on Jankovic in the braking zone for turn 4 and started the hunt on Lundgaard.
Thomas Hjeresen had gained two positions on the first lap of the race and was now in the fifth position. Hjeresen piled on the pressure to make it further up the field, as this was his only chance to still be able to win the championship. Daniel Lundgaard and Alexander Lauritzen showed phenomenal race pace, and they were able to go half a second per lap quicker than the rest of the top ten. The narrow circuit made it difficult for Thomas Hjeresen to pass Martin Dyrlund despite countless efforts.
With 13 minutes left of heat 1, there were still close battles in the midfield. Nicolai Sylvest accomplished a beautiful overtake on Kasper H. Jensen, who was pressured from behind by Mikkel Søndergaard in a battle for the tenth position. Stefan Overgaard had closed the gap to Thomas Hjeresen in fifth, and the battle for fourth was now between three drivers. After a great last-corner exit Stefan Overgaard was able to pass Thomas Hjeresen for fifth with only 8 minutes left of the heat. The pass was beautifully executed on entry to the Senna S.
The top ten remained status quo in the last minutes of heat 1, which meant that Daniel Lundgaard, after a flawless race, was able to secure the victory, while Alexander Lauritzen finished second. Dali Jankovic had found himself back on the podium after a series of disappointing results lately. Martin Dyrlund finished the heat in fourth, and Stefan Overgaard closed the gap to the top five after a fierce fight with Thomas Hjeresen, who finished sixth.
This hampered a realization of Thomas Hjeresen’s dream of winning the championship, due to the fact that Alexander Lauritzen extended his championship lead in heat 1. Therefore, the stage was set for an exciting second heat, where Daniel Lundgaard once more started from the front row of the grid. Alexander Lauritzen did not manage to qualify better than sixth, while Thomas Hjeresen qualified in seventh.
In contrast to heat 1, all drivers managed to get through T1 without any problems. Thomas Hjeresen became the big winner of the start, as he had managed to make up four positions on the first lap whilst securing the third position. Alexander Lauritzen was not that lucky, due to him losing a position during the start, forcing him to fight with Thoms Hjeresen’s teammate Dali Jankovic. Nicolai Sylvest quickly passed Thomas Hjeresen and took third place back, after Hjeresen had a bad exit of turn 4. Alexander Lauritzen pressured Dali Jankovic for sixth, but this resulted in contact between the two. Dali Jankovic lost control of the car and could once again find himself at the back of the field. Thomas Hjeresen tried to take the third position back from Nicolai Sylves, but going through T5 none of the two were willing to leave any room, which meant that Thomas Hjeresen collided with Nicolai Sylvest, who had to retire the car.
With 15 minutes left of heat 2, Alexander Lauritzen was able to close the gap to fourth-placed Kasper Jensen. Lauritzen made a great effort to pass Jensen, but he was able to defend his position. Eventually, Kasper Jensen had to yield, as Lauritzen showed far greater pace. Daniel Lundgaard, who had been showing exceptional form during the last part of the season, managed to extend the gap down to Martin Dyrlund in second and controlled the race comfortably. Identical to heat 1 the race cooled down and the top ten remained status quo. Alexander Lauritzen pressured Thomas Hjeresen with two minutes left of the heat in a fight between the championship leaders. Thomas Hjeresen managed to secure the third position, while Daniel Lundgaard won the second heat of the round. Martin Dyrlund finished in second after a flawless race. Alexander Lauritzen finished fourth and Kasper Jensen secured fifth place.
This meant that Alexander Lauritzen was able to clinch the championship title in the last round of DERC. Thomas Hjeresen finished the season in second overall, while Martin Dyrlund, after a brilliant drive at the Brazilian track, was able to celebrate the third place in the championship.