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RAF Racer Wins By 0.008 Seconds In Armed Forces eRacing Championships

A photo finish was needed in Round 4 of the competition.

RAF eSports driver Matt Isherwood won both round three and four of the Armed Forces eRacing Championship – but the final race needed a photo finish.

He led from the front in race three and fought off the challenges of RAF Motorsport duo Chris Slator and Olly Waind to take the win.

In race four, the grid is swapped around but Isherwood climbed up the field to beat out Slator by 0.008 seconds.

The two races, which were broadcast live on the Forces News Facebook page, were held at a simulated Silverstone track.

In a qualifying session for race three, Isherwood was quickest to take pole position.

In the race, he didn't look back and won from the front with Slator, Waind and the Army's Chris Durrant all fighting for podium position.

Race four saw Isherwood, Slator and Waind surge through the positions for a title challenge in the final lap.

It looked as though experienced RAF racer Chris Slator would come out on top but a brilliant overtake on the final corner of the race meant Isherwood took the victory.

The championship leader going into the races, RAF eSports' James King, had a tough night as crashes in both races cost him vital points.

The photo finish that shows exactly how close the finish to Round 4 was.

In the podium interviews, Isherwood said: "I think the only way to describe that was chaotic.

"I was probably being too overly cautious in the first few laps. I was breaking a little bit too early and trying to stay out of battles.

"My plan was to try and not do stupid moves because I didn't think I had the pace to overtake Olly and Chris and get away.

"Chris defended really well to be fair. It could have gone either way. It was ridiculously close," he added.

Chris Slator spoke of his disappointment at losing at the end, saying: "I thought I'd actually got hold of it by my heavy defending.

"I looked in the mirror and could see him coming to the side so I covered that off.

"I should have kept it tighter on the exit but I didn't have anything else left."

Waind, who finished fifth and third across the two races, said: "I think there's still a little bit more pace to find to be honest.

"I'm quite new to these cars but I've done a lot of racing on the other stuff.

"I've just been unlucky," he said.