Sebastian Job has given his title defense project a real boost with two wins at the seventh of ten race weekends of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) in Spa-Francorchamps. The British driver from the Red Bull Racing Esports team demonstrated his extensive experience in both the sprint and the main race on the 7.004-kilometer Grand Prix circuit in Spa-Francorchamps and harvested almost the maximum number of points. After becoming entangled in another’s competitor’s collision in the sprint race, championship leader Joshua Rogers (Virtual Racing School) was unable to achieve better than 13th place in the main event. However, the Australian managed to defend his convincing lead in the global esports championship run on iRacing’s simulation platform.
Esports Supercup Spa sprint race
Joshua Rogers once again underlined his reputation as a qualifying ace and set pole position – albeit by a tiny advantage of just 0.001 seconds over his teammate DeJong. For the two Virtual Racing School drivers, however, all hopes for top results in the sprint race were dashed in the opening lap: the two digital Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Sebastian Job and DeJong touched when braking for the slow Bruxelles corner. DeJong slid into the gravel, taking Rogers with him. The two points leaders rejoined the race at the back of the 40-strong field. Rogers took the flag in 26th, with DeJong finishing on 29th. These non-point-scoring positions determined their grid spots for the main event.
A lap later, Job had to relinquish his newly inherited lead to rookie Charlie Collins (Great Britain/Virtual Racing School), but kept in close contact. In the final lap, Sebastian Job swapped positions with Collins after a contact and won the sprint race. Third place went to Alejandro Sánchez (Spain/MSI eSports) ahead of Frenchman Jeremy Bouteloup (Coanda Simsport), Dayne Warren from Australia (LEGO Technic Esports Team) and Ayhancan Güven (Virtual Racing School). The Porsche Junior from Turkey, who also contests the real-life Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, celebrated his best PESC result so far with sixth place.
Esports Supercup Spa main race:
Two major collisions approaching Les Combes shortly after the start of the 12-lap main race threw the field into disarray. Alejandro Sánchez and Sebastian Job benefited from the chaos, emerging from lap one running in first and second place. One lap later, the defending champion took the lead. Just before the end of the race, the Briton called on his wealth of experience and allowed his Spanish pursuer to overtake on the long Kemmel straight – only to catapult out of his rival’s slipstream a lap later at the same spot. Shortly before the flag, Sánchez attempted another do-or-die attack in the Bus Stop chicane, but could no longer halt Job’s charge to victory.
Third place went to Germany’s Maximilian Benecke (Team Redline), followed over the line by Tommy Östgaard (Norway/Coanda Simsport), Britain’s Charlie Collins (Virtual Racing School) and Zac Campbell from the USA (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Esports). Joshua Rogers fought his way up the order to 13th, while Mitchell DeJong had to settle 25th place, earning him just one point.
Thanks to his two victories, Sebastian Job has replaced Mitchell DeJong as number two in the drivers‘ championship rankings. Joshua Rogers remains at the top of the leaderboard. With 435 points, he holds a 99-point advantage after seven of ten race weekends of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.
Next race of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup at the “Green Hell”
The eighth race weekend is one of the highlights on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup calendar: On 27 March, the 40 virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will tackle the Nürburgring. The sprint is contested over three laps of the more than 25-kilometre-long combination of the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit, with the main event held over four laps. As a curtain-raiser, content creators from the world of esports will once again compete – with the digital version of the Porsche 911 RSR as a special treat. The iRacing action is streamed live via the Porsche channels on Twitch and YouTube .
Comments after the Esports Spa main race
Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esports): “I want to apologize to Charlie Collins – I missed my braking point in the sprint race and pushed him off the road. I’m pretty sure I’m getting a qualifying ban for the next round on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. I can’t complain about that. At least, it makes the next race more fun, because I have to do some overtaking…”
Alejandro Sánchez (E/MSI eSports): “I’m really happy to get a double podium finish. I was lucky that I managed to avoid everybody during the first lap incident during the main race. Afterward, it was all about getting away from the group together with Sebastian. With him, it was a really nice fight realizing that he didn’t want to be first going into the last lap when he let me pass the lap before. I tried to disrupt him, but it didn’t work. I didn’t have much time to practice, so I have to thank my teammates at MSI eSports for finding a good setup for me.”
Maximilian Benecke (D/Team Redline): “After qualifying on 19th, I’m very pleased with third place in the main race – I made the most of the situation. Now I’m back within striking distance of a top-five spot in the championship. I’ll do my best to achieve another podium result this season. That would be great. Now I’m looking forward to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.”
Esports Supercup Spa Result
1. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esports)
2. Charlie Collins (GB/Virtual Racing School)
3. Alejandro Sánchez (E/MSI eSports)
4. Jeremy Bouteloup (F/Coanda Simsport)
5. Dayne Warren (AUS/LEGO Technic Esports Team)
6. Ayhancan Güven (TR/Coanda Simsport)
1. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esports)
2. Alejandro Sánchez (E/MSI eSports)
3. Maximilian Benecke (D/Team Redline)
4. Tommy Östgaard (N/Coanda Simsport)
5. Charlie Collins (GB/Virtual Racing School)
6. Zac Campbell (USA/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Esports)
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