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Magnussen, Montoya win in Legends Trophy doubleheader at Lime Rock


Four-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jan Magnussen held off a hard-charging Jenson Button at virtual Lime Rock Park to become the first two-time winner in Torque Esports’ Legends Trophy racing series Saturday.

After winning in the previous weekend at virtual Sebring International Raceway, Button took the pole at Lime Rock Park but was beaten to the first corner by the hard-charging Magnussen.

“That was a fantastic race! Jenson was being very sportsmanlike about it because he had more speed than me,” Magnussen said. “He had a couple of attempts into turn one, and we hit and got sideways – but he did it in such a way that none of us went off. That was a tough race, I’m shaking all over after that – it was amazing.”

Although they were located halfway across the world from each other throughout the 11-lap battle, the Dane and the LA-based Englishman were separated on track by mere inches with Magnussen eventually crossing the line just three-hundredths of a second ahead of Button and notching a second victory after taking his first Legends Trophy win at NOLA Motorsports Park two weeks ago.

“What a fun race,” Button said. “Jan was awesome in terms of knowing where to put the car.”

“I threw it on the inside once, and we tapped and we were drifting through (turn) 2 – it was a lot of fun. It’s a little bit more difficult to feel in the simulators, so for us to be able to race that close it was awesome.”

Twenty-three racing legends lined up on the grid as they raced virtual versions of the World Championship-winning McLaren M23. The weekend’s Legends Trophy field combined for four Formula 1 World Championships, 11 Indy 500 wins, 10 IndyCar titles, plus 16 victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a World Rally Championship crown.

Race two of the doubleheader featured a reverse starting grid and was won by Juan Pablo Montoya

“I got a 10-second penalty so I didn’t qualify too well. Then I got tangled, and tangled, and tangled in the first race,” Montoya said. “It was nice to win the reverse grid race after that. These guys put on a hell of a show. It was great to complete a race without any major incidents.

“It’s a lot of fun, but it’s frustrating as hell because each of us are way too competitive. We all get moody. You should see my wife, she is not happy with me when I do not do well.”