Round seven of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) concluded with the victory of American Zac Campbell at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Driving a virtual version of the 510hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the VRS team, Campbell beat Australian Cooper Webster (Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports) and Briton Kevin Ellis jr. (Apex Racing Team) in an exciting showdown. 2020 PESC Champion Sebastian Job performed excellently in the sprint race on the iRacing simulation platform. Diogo C. Pinto holds his seed in front of Ellis and Job. In both All-Star races, content creator Casey Kirwan proved unbeatable.
Sebastian Job made his mark on qualifying on the 7,004 kilometer Formula 1 circuit and took the third pole position of the season. In the six-lap sprint race, the British simracer initially took the lead, but was forced to relinquish the lead to Alejandro Sánchez (SDK Gaming) after the Spanish driver braked as he approached Les Combes and passed him. Two laps later, Job saves first place in the same place. While Sánchez was busy fending off the Cup-911 driven by VRS driver, Great Britain Charlie Collins, Job took the opportunity to step back and take the win. Collins finished second and Sánchez finished third, ahead of Ellis and Diogo C. Pinto.
The top eight of the sprint race were lined up in reverse order on the grid for the PESC race: this meant Briton Jamie Fluke (Apex Racing Team) started from pole with Cooper Webster, the fastest rookie of the season ever. next to him. Zac Campbell and Pinto shared second place.
Fluke immediately took the lead with Campbell, Pinto and Ellis in the next three positions. However, Job, Sanchez and Collins got off to a bad start when the three were involved in a collision and lost ground.
Even though the battle between the five-man leader group was fierce, the queue remained the same until the ninth round. In a one-on-one duel with Campbell, Fluke went off the track in Malmedy. Shortly after, Pinto was given a “slowing down” penalty for not following the track limits. In the twelfth and final round, Campbell, Webster and Ellis advanced in formation towards the famous Eau Rouge dive. In the end, Campbell took the lead and celebrated his second win in the distance race. Webster finished second, Ellis third and Fluke fourth. Pinto crossed the finish line in sixth place behind Australian Jordan Caruso (Logitech G Altus Esports). Sebastian Job was tenth.
Casey Kirwan won both All-Star races
The All-Stars took on Spa’s challenges for the first time this season in the 500bhp Porsche 911 GT3 R. During qualifying, guest driver Marco Bischoff beat American Casey Kirwan, but lost the lead in the sprint at corner one. An intense duel ensued between the two that lasted almost the entire distance of eight laps. In the final stage, Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier joined the movement and even moved up to second place. Kirwan managed to keep his nose ahead and Bischoff crossed the finish line in second place, just 0.064 seconds behind.
For the second race, the competitors are ranked in reverse order of the results of the previous race. Although Meier and Bischoff were victims of a chain reaction in the rear peloton early on, Kirwan launched an impressive offensive by order. In the first of twelve rounds, he competed from 17th to 10th place. She was second behind Brazilian IndyCar legend Tony Kanaan at halftime, but first had to defend the position against a fiery Emily “Emree” Jones. On the penultimate lap, Kirwan threw himself out of the Canaan stream as he approached the corner of “Les Combes” and took the lead. The real winner of the 2013 Indy-500, Kanaan also had to beat “Emree” and finally finished third.
Preview: PESC’s Round 8 visits the “Green Hell”
On May 7, 2022, the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) will enjoy one of the most important events of the season: 35 simulation drivers will compete on the famous Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the digital Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. If the 25.38 kilometer circuit over the Eifel is considered one of the most beautiful routes in the world, it is also one of the most difficult – and this also applies to the virtual version, which is run on the iRacing platform simulation. The program includes a three-lap sprint and a four-lap signature race. Last year, Sebastian Job was the shortest race star to win, and Diogo C. Pinto finished second in the main race.
Spa-Francorchamps, sprint race
1. The Sebastian Job (UK/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports)
2. Charlie Collins (GB/VRS)
3. Alejandro Sanchez (E/SDK Gaming)
4. Kevin Ellis jr. (GB/Apex Racing Team)
5. Diogo C. Pinto (P/Porsche24 Team Redline)
Spa-Francorchamps, flagship race
1. Zac Campbell (US/VRS)
2. Cooper Webster (Australia/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports)
3. Kevin Ellis jr. (GB/Apex Racing Team)
4. Jamie Fluke (GB/Apex Racing Team)
5. Jordan Caruso (Australia/Logitech G Altus Esports)
Points ranking after 7 out of 10 races
1. Diogo C. Pinto (K/Team Redline), 371 points
2. Kevin Eliis jr (GB/Apex Racing Team), 359 points
3. Sebastian Job (GB/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports), 348 points