GAMER Darrell Grundy nearly knocked Davey Todd off the top spot as he threatened to take top honours in this evening’s Virtual TT battle.
The Team Toniuitti challenger clocked a 142mph lap despite having never physically ridden the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course, falling a mere 13sec short of Todd’s leading time from Monday.
First up this evening alongside Julien Toniuitti, Grundy blitzed the opening sector to beat Todd’s Grandstand to Glen Helen time by a second behind the bubble of Dean Harrison’s Silicone Engineering Superbike. The gamer lost time on the run to the Mountain and was down by 26sec at the Bungalow, but he clawed back time with a quick drive to the finish line to clock a 15min 57sec (142mph).
TT rider Toniuitti was up next on his own BMW S1000RR and with a steady run out, the Frenchman suffered just one crash at Crosby early on. But traffic meant he was forced to settle for a time of 20:43, putting his squad in fourth overall.
The island’s own Team Cummins took to the virtual course next as gamesman Louis Porter took the controls first and, like Grundy, he also opted for a Dean Harrison-mounted Kawasaki. The Manxman was just a second behind Jamie Coward’s time at Ballaugh and down in sixth place, but he made up plenty of time en route to the chequered flag and clocked a 16min 35sec (136mph) lap to slot into third overall of the individual times.
While Milenco by Padgett’s Honda man Conor Cummins admitted he was far from a gaming regular, he had a strong run over the mountain after a spill at Alpine Cottage and with an overall time of 17min 25sec (130mph), his team slid comfortably into second place overall.
Overall Leaderboard (aggregate)
- Team Todd – 32:29
- Team Cummins – 34:00
- Team Martinez – 34:50
- Team Coward – 35:13
- Team Toniuitti – 36:40
- Team Scaysbrook – 43:50
On Saturday, Peter Hickman and Mark Miller will hit the virtual course with their team-mates in the final round to decide who will be crowned 2020 Virtual TT champs.