Diogo C. Pinto extended his points lead in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) after finishing second in the main race at the Red Bull Ring. For the Porsche24 Team Redline driver, the 10-lap sprint proved disappointing, but in the long race over double the distance, the Spaniard returned to the lead group with a relentless charge through the peloton. Victory on the Austrian Grand Prix circuit went to Briton Sebastian Job (Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports). For the 2020 PESC champion, it was the third victory of the season with the virtual variant of the 510 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. In the shorter sprint race on the iRacing simulation platform, Charlie Collins took the win.
As the fastest in qualifying, Collins resumed the race from pole position. However, in the sprint to the first corner, the VRS rider had to give up the lead to Kevin Ellis jr. The British virtual driver lined up alongside his compatriot on the front row of the grid. On the long approach to Turn 3, Collins countered that mistake and took a safe win – picking up his first PESC victory. Second place went to Apex Racing driver Ellis ahead of Australian Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports driver Cooper Webster, as the fastest rookie. Positions four through seven were occupied by Matti Sipilä (KOVA Esports), Sebastian Job, Zac Campbell (VRS), and Jordan Caruso (Logitech G Altus Esports). The all-important eighth place was won by Julien Soenen of the R8G eSports team: since the first eight started in reverse order for the second race, the newcomer was delighted with pole position.
The second 20-lap race started with a bang: Zac Campbell started the race from 3rd place on the grid but lost control of his car on the exit of the first corner. In the spin, the American took out several drivers behind him, including his teammate David Williams and Graham Carrol (Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports). Soenen took advantage of the chaos and pulled a small gap over Job, Sipilä, Webster and Ellis jr, followed by Collins and Diogo C. Pinto.
The Portuguese rider, who entered round five of the season as the points leader, quickly launched his charge through the field midway through the race which propelled him into third place on lap 17. Now only Soenen and Job were ahead of him. When Job’s braking maneuver was successful against the rookie, Pinto swept the Belgian as well. In the last two laps, the battle for the top three places continues. In the end, Job came out on top against the Portuguese driver to celebrate his third victory of the season. Soenen lost ground after contact with Pinto and finished sixth behind Collins, Ellis jr. and Sipila.
After five of the ten races, Diogo C. Pinto’s result was enough for him to extend his championship lead. He is now 38 points ahead of Sebastian Job, who is separated by only two points from third, Kevin Ellis Jr. (235 points).
Casey Kirwan wins both All-Star races in Austria
Content creators from across the esports world have once again contested two All-Star races in Austria as part of the PESC support program. All sim drivers raced the 425hp Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Jaroslav “Jardier” Honzik dominated qualifying but fell back to fourth place after the start of the first race over eleven laps. Guest starter Casey Kirwan took the lead, but the 17-year-old American was busy fending off chaser Emily « Emree » Jones, with the duo delivering breathtaking door-to-door duels. On lap eight, the Aussie even managed to grab the lead briefly – only for Kirwan to take his chance to reclaim it. Third place went to Xabier “Heikki360ES” Sanchez of Spain, after catching and passing American Matt Malone.
For the start of the second race, the influencers lined up on the grid in reverse order of the results of the previous race – an advantage that Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier took advantage of. After a spin, the American finished last. Now he was in pole position and quickly took the lead. After a tumultuous first lap, a new order was quickly imposed: Emily Jones returned to second place followed by Kirwan, Borja Zazo and “Jardier” Honzik. However, on lap nine, Meier made a braking error in Turn 3 and lost the lead to Kirwan. A thrilling three-way battle for victory then unfolded, with the young American finally crossing the finish line first. In the final meters, “Emree” Jones made a daring maneuver to snatch second place from “Quirkitized”.
Midway through the season after five of ten rounds, Meier sits first with a seven-point advantage over Jones. Zazo, Honzik and Sanchez occupy positions three through five.
Next race on Île Notre-Dame in Montreal
In 14 days, the 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup will begin the second half of the season on the Formula 1 circuit in Montreal, Canada. Part of the 4.361 kilometer circuit on Île Notre-Dame consists of roads normally open to daily traffic. One of the most well-known passages is the tight right-left chicane before the start-finish line: the dreams of victory of many famous racing drivers have been shattered on the walls of the barrier, hence its name « Wall of Champions”. On Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, simracers tackle a ten-lap sprint and a star event over twice the distance.
Also in Canada, celebrity influencers and content creators from the esports racing scene will compete in two All-Star races as part of a support program. As at Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring, they will drive the digital version of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
Red Bull Ring, sprint race
1. Charlie Collins (GB/VRS)
2. Kevin Ellis jr. (GB/Apex Racing Team)
3. Cooper Webster (Australia/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports)
4. Matti Sipilä (FIN/KOVA Esports)
5. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esports)
Red Bull Ring, main race
1. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esports)
2. Diogo C. Pinto (P/Team Redline)
3. Charlie Collins (GB/VRS)
4. Kevin Ellis jr. (GB/Apex Racing Team)
5. Matti Sipilä (FIN/KOVA Esports)
Points standings after 5 of 10 championship rounds
1. Diogo C. Pinto (P/Team Redline), 275 points
2. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esports), 237 points
3. Kevin Eliis jr (GB/Apex Racing Team), 235 points