V10 R-League: McLaren Shadow v Fordzilla preview - Will the new boys get off to the perfect start?

The first round of the group stages of the V10 R-League has been completed and we can't wait to see more!

Round 2 starts tonight and Thursday brings a landmark match-up in Group B. McLaren Shadow Esports are making their debut in the V10 R-League series against Fordzilla. Fordzilla were the weakest team in Season 1, but have shown they're a better outfit in Season 2, picking up a point against BMW in Round 1.

McLaren are looking to win it all, but they have to overcome a resurgent Fordzilla side. Can they do it? We've got everything you need to know right here!

Race for the play-offs

With only four matches available to each team to seal a place in the play-offs, every game is crucial. Group B's battle is wide open, as all five teams can beat anybody on their day, thanks to the V10 R-League's unique format. McLaren Shadow's main rivals for qualification are Williams and BMW, both of which scored at least three points in Round 1.

McLaren V10 R League Season 2 Silverstone Circuit
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That means that a big score for either team would propel them up the table. With JAESA Suzuki not in action in Round 2, a winner of this clash would climb to at least third position in Group B.


It's fair to say that McLaren Shadow are firm favourites for the victory in this clash. However, the British outfit are a completely unknown quantity, despite their quick driver line-up. We haven't seen them in a racing scenario yet, so to say this a slam-dunk would be foolish.

BMW Fordzilla Silverstone V10 R League Season 2 4
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Fordzilla know how to win, and they've been in the V10 R-League since day one. They'll be there to pick up any pieces from a McLaren mistake if they put a wheel wrong.

We'll likely see the same trio donning the Fordzilla overalls again for Round 2. Emre Cihan, Shaun Arnold and Pablo Lopez all did a solid job in Round 1. Don't be too surprised to see one of the reserves pop up though, Julian Rodriguez or Gianmarco Fiduci could be called upon.

McLaren Shadow should go with their three regular drivers for their debut. James Baldwin, Isaac Gillissen and Elvin Smith are all ready and available for Round 2.

How to watch McLaren Shadow v Fordzilla

Viewers in the UK will be able to watch this clash on Thursday 22nd April at BTSport.com/esports at 4pm.

Fans in the USA can catch the action on ESPN3 at 6pm EST on Thursday 22nd April, Thanks to ESPN's expanded coverage of Season 2 of the V10 R-League. The following territories will be getting the race the following day: Canada, the Netherlands, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Oceania.

Make sure to check local listings and video-on-demand services for replays!

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