It was only last week when SEM9.Axle Sports announced their sim racing team collaboration and what a great start they've had so far. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race over the weekend, one of their cars managed to snag 4th place in the final round - just shy of a podium finish. The team had two cars in the race, unfortunately, one of them had to retire at the 12-hour mark due to internet connection issues. Who knows how much further they could have gone if they didn't have such problems.
In the end, SEM9.Axle Sports finished in 10th place for the LMP Teams Championship and 15th for the GTE Teams Championship. While it wasn't gold, it was still a great result for the squad's first official event. They were also the only Southeast Asian team that competed in the endurance series and surprised the commentators for the event.
“I’m so proud of this group of drivers. When we entered the competition last year, they were quite overwhelmed by the whole experience. But we always knew they could be world class and today we showed the global motorsport community what we are capable of. Thank you to SEM9 for partnering with us. And also to Team Flash and JMX Phantom who collaborated with us and Next Level Racing who provided our rigs,” said Alex Yoong, Team Manager of SEM9.Axle Sports.
Winning the event were RealTeam Hydrogen RedLine, closely followed by Rebellion GPX Esports (.5 point difference!) and Floyd Bykolles-Burst. Check out the highlights of the race here:
It looks like SEM9 is on a roll, building up their esports brand. They have announced their first sim racing team, a collaboration with Axle Sports - SEM9.Axle! Axle Sports, an organization founded by Alex Yoong back in 2008, have been competing in the sim racing scene over the past few years, with two of their racers, Nabil and Naquib Azlan, winning first place at the recent IUEM eRacing GP. Completing the lineup will be Alister Yoong, another rising star.
“SEAGM is excited to witness the growth of SEM9 as they continue to grow the Malaysian esports scene while evolving into the global scene particularly in the sim racing arena. We are looking forward to sim racing’s growth both locally and in the SEA region,” said Tommy Chieng, CEO of SEAGM and Chairman of SEM9.
While Kevin Wong, Managing Director of SEM9, added, “We are happy and excited to be going on this journey with Alex. Indeed, sim racing is beginning to gain a big traction in this region and we hope to be a dominating force in this field as well. SEM9 strives to be the biggest and most disruptive esports organization in the region. Undoubtedly, with this team, we will be able to reach greater heights together.”
Through this partnership, SEM9 will be providing everything the drivers need to support their sim racing career, including gear and monetary benefits. SEM9.Axle will be making their debut this weekend in the upcoming 24 Hours Le Mans Virtual event. Make sure you catch them in action!