How Team Redline’s Enzo Bonito and Kevin Siggy’s Rivalry Drive Them Forward
Kevin Siggy and Enzo Bonito share more than just a seat for Team Redline: both are nominated for this year’s Esports Driver of the Year award.
Enzo Bonito and Kevin Siggy have been teammates for nearly two years. But from the way they interact with each other, you’d think they grew up in the same house.
This is not the first time I have spoken with the Team Redline team. Last year, we were talking about the epic of the team Le Mans Virtual Series Championship. Bonito joked then, referring to Siggy as his “little brother.” And to be honest, I feel like not much has changed between the two. On the contrary, they only got closer.
Considering both were nominated for this year’s award Autosport Esports Driver of the YearI had to be cheeky and ask:
What does it mean to share this nomination with your teammate?
“He’s playing at all levels and now he’ll have the chance to do that in real life as well. And that’s what’s really great about the simulator is that you’re playing at the highest level on a simulation and that you get the chance to drive in a real car,” Bonito, of course, refers to Siggy winning the DTM Esports Championshipwhich gives him the opportunity to drive for a full season in the 2023 DTM Trophy.
“I look up to him a lot. I’ve done it in the past too. And I want to keep doing it, but he’s one of the few guys who’s done it and I really admire him.
Siggy’s admiration for her big brother has been replicated.
“We have worked together a little more closely this year. And we kind of bonded really close as friends and as colleagues. I’m really happy for [Enzo] moreover he was nominated because i think he is one of the best drivers in the world of sim racing.
“I’ll try to beat him in the nomination phase, of course,” laughed Siggy.
“But I wouldn’t mind him beating me in that kind of scenario because everyone knows who he is and what he’s capable of. He’s one of the best drivers and also one of my greats. friends. So, I’m more than happy to share it with him.
Both Siggy and Bonito have achieved their dream of driving a real car, which says a lot about their talent in the simulation. In order to exchange a rig for new tires, drivers must be at the top of their game in the virtual world. Something both Redline teammates proved last season to also earn them a brilliant nomination for the elite esports award.
Bonito’s success in both VCO ERL competition – particularly his ability to perform in a variety of cars on all tracks while using different platforms – and his Rennsport summit win no doubt put him under the spotlight last season.
His teammate, Siggy, also started the year with a bang. And I’m not talking about a crazy New Year’s party. He was the man of the 24 hours to cross the checkered flag and claim the crown of the #71 GTE car. Alongside the DTM championship, Siggy and his team won the Formula Pro championship.
Even off the grid, he picked up another victory by graduating from college, in fact.
“The whole season, in a way, has been literally amazing,” he said.
And so an Autosport Award would be the beautiful red[line] bow out to cap off an incredible season for both of them.
“It will mean a lot. I always like to strive for a lot of respect for my name. It’s obviously nice to be recognized and maybe have some potential future deals for whatever’s on the horizon, like real-life motorsport,” Siggy said.
After 10 years of sim racing, Bonito echoes how the price would impact him as well.
“I think it was something I had in mind as one of the greatest wins of all time,” he shone. “It’s very important today as a sim driver, to be able to drive everywhere you go, like in different sims and different cars on different tracks. To win this award, you see the people who are nominated are those who can drive just about anything.
Rounding out the four nominees for the 2022 Autosport Awards Esports Driver of the Year, alongside Bonito and Siggy are James Baldwin (Mercedes-AMG/Veloce) and last year’s winner Frederik Rasmussen (Red Bull Racing).
This award inspires confidence and encourages sim racers to keep pushing, not just virtually, but also in the real world.
It’s something the Redline team did masterfully last season, and with Enzo Bonito and Kevin Siggy taking home Esports Driver of the Year awards, it’s unclear what the two brothers will continue to perform in (and out of) the simulator for years to come.
Be sure to vote for Enzo, Kevin, James or Frederik as the Autosport Awards esports driver of the year. Voting closes TONIGHT at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, November 23.