Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup 2022 – Victories for Job & Campbell at Interlagos – 4Legend.com – AudiPassion.com


Zac Campbell picked up his first victory in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC). On the 4.309 kilometer Interlagos Grand Prix circuit in Brazil, the American of the VRS team beat the Briton Kevin Ellis jr. (Apex Racing Team) and new points leader Diogo C. Pinto (E/Team Redline) on the penultimate lap. Before that, Sebastian Job had won the sprint race at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. All competitors in the 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, which takes place on the iRacing simulation platform, virtually race the 510 hp (375 kW) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. For the fourth season of the PESC, this racing car is based on the latest model of the 992 generation.

Nothing could hold Sebastian Job back in the 10-lap sprint. The 2020 PESC champion set the fastest time in qualifying and turned his pole position into a win. Driving for the Red Bull Racing Esports team, the British sim racer managed to get a small advantage at the start but then came under pressure from Jamie Fluke (GB/Apex Racing Team), Salva Talens (E/MSI eSports) and Zac Campbell in his wake. The question of who would finish eighth and thus take over the main race from first place on the grid was just as captivating as the situation in the lead. In the end, Diogo C. Pinto prevailed against pilot Jeremy Bouteloup de Coanda, who had traveled to Sao Paulo as the series leader. Heading into round three of the 2022 PESC season, Pinto finished second in the driver standings.

The Spaniard entered the main race over 20 laps from pole position but was unable to keep his pursuers at bay. On lap five, he ceded his lead to Kevin Ellis jr., then was overtaken by Australian Dayne Warren (Coanda) and Zac Campbell. The fight for the lead continued: on lap 12 Warren took the lead, four laps later Ellis regained the lead. Campbell waited until the penultimate lap to pass Ellis for the first win of his PESC career. Pinto benefited from Warren’s passing penalty and inherited third place, followed by Talens and former Porsche Junior driver Ayhancan Güven. Jeremy Bouteloup finished in sixth place ahead of Sebastian Job and Jamie Fluke. The laurels for top rookies once again went to Australian Cooper Webster (Red Bull Racing Esports) in ninth place.

After the third of ten race weekends on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup calendar, Diogo C. Pinto moved into the lead with 155 points. Jeremy Bouteloup dropped to second place with Ayhancan Güven retaining third place.

Emily « Emree » Jones won the All-Stars main event in Brazil
In All-Star competition, Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier won the first of two Interlagos races. As part of the TAG Heuer Esports Supercup support program, famous content creators from the esports scene competed against each other. Meier had resumed the race from pole position in his digital Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Second place went to Borja Zazo, who managed to pass Xabier « Heikki360ES » Sanchez, Matt Malone and IndyCar ace Tony Kanaan of Brazil during the 12-lap battle. These three battled it out for third place, with Malone ultimately defeating Sanchez and Kanaan.

The second 17-lap Interlagos All-Stars race started in reverse order of the result of the previous sprint race. The victory went to Emily “Emree” Jones. From 8th place, the Australian fought her way through the peloton. In lap six, the All-Stars title defender passed Dan « Suzuki » Sosulski, five laps later it was Jaroslav « Jardier » Honzik’s turn. From last place on the grid, Tyson Meier launched an ambitious charge that took him to fifth place behind Honzik, Suzuki and Borja Zazo. This effort put « Quirkitized » in first place in the driver standings ahead of Jones and Zazo.

Home of British Motor Racing hosts Round 4
In a fortnight, the fourth round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup will once again take place on a Formula 1 circuit steeped in tradition: the competitors of the international one-make esports cup will face the virtual circuit of Silverstone at the wheel of their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup digital. The 5.891 kilometer Grand Prix circuit – affectionately known as the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ – has hosted numerous motorsport events since 1947. On March 19, PESC sim drivers will contest a seven-lap sprint and the main event over twice that distance. Last year, American Mitchell deJong (Virtual Racing School) won the first race, with Briton Sebastian Job (Red Bull Racing Esports) claiming victory in the second event.

At Silverstone, the 35 virtual drivers will once again receive support from famous influencers in the esports racing scene, with two All-Star races being held as part of a supporting series. Well-known content creators will drive the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

Results
Interlagos, sprint race
1. Sebastian Job (Red Bull Racing eSports)
2. Jamie Fluke (GB/Apex Racing Team)
3. Salva Talens (E/MSI eSports)
4. Zac Campbell (USA/VRS)
5. Dayne Warren (Australia/Coanda)

Interlagos, main race
1. Zac Campbell (USA/VRS)
2. Kevin Ellis (GB/Apex Racing Team)
3. Diogo C. Pinto (P/Team Redline)
4. Salva Talens (E/MSI eSports)
5. Ayhancan Guven (TR/Coanda)

Classification after 3 of the 10 rounds of the championship
1. Diogo C. Pinto (P/Team Redline), 155 points
2. Jérémy Bouteloup (F/Coanda), 151 points
3. Ayhancan Güven (TR / Coanda), 148 points

Photos: Porsche



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