V10 R-League JAESA Suzuki vs Fordzilla preview - Last chance saloon

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The group stages are starting to wind up, and the playoff places are getting booked up fast!

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For teams that started slow, the chance for points cannot be missed. Both JAESA Suzuki and Fordzilla need to rack up the points this week if they want to get out of Group B. For one of them, this could be the end of the line.

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Tough start

JAESA Suzuki was thought by many to be a dark horse this season, with some giant-killing potential.

That thought was soon dispelled by a 4-0 defeat to Williams in the opening match, and then BMW poured the pain on last time out with another 4-0 result. Now, the Italian team is facing elimination if they can't get at least a 3-1 win over Fordzilla.

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It's certainly their best chance for victory. The team has pushed and entertained, with Gionvanni De Salvo's daring overtakes being the highlight, but they have lacked ultimate pace. Can they find it this week?

Picking up points

While Fordzilla is yet to claim a win, they have grabbed at least one point in both matches so far. Their 2-2 draw with McLaren is looking like a remarkable result, while snatching a point from BMW in Week 1 is also a good sign for their overall performance.

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Unfortunately, Fordzilla has had to replace Pablo Lopez due to a back injury. Could that haul their push for the playoffs?

Prediction

JAESA Suzuki is the only pointless team in the V10 R-League at the moment. This match represents their best shot of changing that. They need to pick up at least three points if they want any shot of making the playoffs, but can they get the job done?

With pace between the two teams pretty similar, both sides could opt for the more defensible Mugello and Yas Marina in their track selections. Monza would certainly throw the cat among the pigeons, but its a risk neither side is likely to want to run.

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Prediction: JAESA 2-2 Fordzilla

How to watch

Fans in the UK & Ireland can watch the whole race for FREE on the BT Sport website from 4pm BST on Thursday, 5 May.

Those in the USA can catch all the action on ESPN3 at 6pm EST on the same day. Thanks to their expanded coverage, ESPN subscribers in the Netherlands, the Caribbean, Canada, Latin America, and Oceania can watch the following day. Check local listings for exact timing!