Porsche Esports Supercup 2022 – Victory for Dayne Warren in Montreal – 4Legend.com – AudiPassion.com
Australian Dayne Warren won the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) headline race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Driving a car from Coanda, he immediately took the lead from pole position in the virtual version of the 510hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and defended it until the checkered flag. Victory in the previous sprint race on the Canadian street circuit went to American Zac Campbell (VRS). In the championship standings, Diogo C. Pinto (Porsche24 Team Redline) consolidated his lead with sixth and third places. American content creator Tyson « Quirkitized » Meier won both All-Star races in the endorsement program. Porsche’s one-make esports international cup uses the iRacing simulation platform.
After taking pole position, Dayne Warren initially struggled early in the race and came back from the first lap in ninth place. Kevin Ellis jr. (Apex Racing Team) took the lead ahead of Zac Campbell and the two British simulation drivers from the Oracle Red Bull Racing team, Sebastian Job and Graham Carroll. This order remained the same until the tenth and final lap. In a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel, Campbell lined up alongside Ellis and raced ahead through the final chicane to cross the finish line first. Diogo C. Pinto finished in sixth place behind German Maximilian Benecke (Porsche24 Team Redline). The Portuguese driver competed on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit as the championship leader.
Luck finally returned to Dayne Warren: after an accident involving Alejandro Sánchez (SDK Gaming), he rose to eighth place. With the top eight in the sprint starting the distance race in reverse order, he tackled the 20-lap event from pole position.
The Australian made good use of his advantage: with a blistering start, he stayed in the lead and calmly fended off his pursuers Salva Talens (E/MSi eSports), Pinto and Benecke. In fifth place, Ellis passed Carroll, who lost his sixth place to Job soon after. Just before the flag, the winner of the sprint Campbell snatched 6th place from Job.
In this formation, the leading group completed a relatively composed cross-country run on the 4.361 kilometer Grand Prix circuit: Warren was celebrated as the winner, with Talens taking a surprising second place ahead of Pinto. With this result, the Portuguese extended his championship lead in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: as the season enters the second half, Pinto now leads the PESC with 320 points, Ellis (299) replacing Job (291) in second place.
Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier wins both All-Star races in Montreal
Also in Canada, content creators from the world of esports racing competed in two All-Star races as part of a support program behind the wheel of the digital version of the 425hp Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Race one started with a surprise: series leader Emily Jones had only qualified fifth on the grid – and within the first few meters she was pushed into the barriers by a blocking car the racing line. Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier immediately seized his chance: the American took a dazzling victory from pole position, followed on the line by Xabier “Heikki360ES” from Spain and Germany’s Dan “Suzuki” Sosulski. “Emree” Jones had to settle for seventh place.
For the second race, the participants lined up in the reverse order of the results of the previous race. For Meier, that meant P12. « Quirkitized », however, came back from his first round in sixth place. Two laps later, he was in third place behind Matt Malone and “Emree” Jones. When the Aussie tried to get ahead of the leader, Meier got entangled and spun after contact. That brought him back to fourth place – but not for long. The American had barely passed Spaniard Borja Zazo to take third place when another tough duel up front ended in a nudge. “Quirkitized” and Zazo took advantage and moved into first and second place ahead of Jones. She then received a time penalty for her rugged driving style and was placed ninth. A little later, Malone was introduced into the « Wall of Champions » at the entrance of the straight line and the lost ground. DiePixelHelden’s Mathieu “rAii” Wacker of Germany took third place.
Upcoming show in the Belgian Ardennes
Eau Rouge, Raidillon and Blanchimont: the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is considered one of the most spectacular circuits of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) season. On April 23, the world esports championship organized on the iRacing simulation platform will play the seventh round over the 7.004 kilometers of the Ardennes circuit. Combinations of fast track turns, brutal compressions, long full-throttle passes and the tight La Source hairpin at the end of the straight give the 35 sim riders a chance to show off their driving prowess while highlighting their skill in finding a balanced setup for the digital Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. In less than 2 weeks, fans will be treated to a six-lap sprint and a 12-lap race. Sebastian Job will be particularly excited to take a virtual trip to Belgium: in 2019, the British sim driver set the fastest lap of both races; in 2020 and 2021, he quickly won a double there.
Content creators from the esports racing scene will once again contest two All-Star races as part of a support program at Spa-Francorchamps. After three events each with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, they tackle the Ardennes circuit at the wheel of the 911 GT3 R. The All-Star live broadcast begins on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. (CEST) with the qualifying session. The two influencer races get the green light at 7:45 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. respectively. The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup race will start around 9:15 p.m.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, sprint race
1. Zac Campbell (USA/VRS)
2. Kevin Ellis jr. (GB/Apex Racing Team)
3. Sebastian Job (GB/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports)
4. Graham Carroll (GB/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports)
5. Maximilien Benecke (D/Porsche24 Team Redline)
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, race
1. Dayne Warren (Australia/Coanda)
2. Salva Talens (E/MSi eSports)
3. Diogo C. Pinto (P/Team Redline)
4. Maximilien Benecke (D/Porsche24 Team Redline)
5. Kevin Ellis jr. (GB/Apex Racing Team)
Points standings after 6 of 10 championship rounds
1. Diogo C. Pinto (P/Team Redline), 320 points
2. Kevin Eliis jr (GB/Apex Racing Team), 299 points
3. Sebastian Job (GB/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports), 291 points