26.09.2020: Race, Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup 2020, Circuit de la Sarthe (France)
The duel for the championship crown in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup remains gripping to the end. Clinching second place in the sprint and a victory in the main
Race, Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup 2020, Circuit de la Sarthe (France)
The duel for the championship crown in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup remains gripping to the end. Clinching second place in the sprint and a victory in the main race on the virtual Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, Joshua Rogers (Australia/VRS Coanda Simsport) has pushed the title decision out to the season finale at Monza.
The overall points’ leader Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esport) employed clever tactics in both races and scored valuable points with fourth and second place. At the big showdown of the virtual one-make cup in two weeks, run on the iRacing simulation platform, the British sim racer needs just six points to take home the championship crown.
Clinching his seventh pole position this season, title defender Joshua Rogers once again underlined his qualifying prowess. Due to the reverse starting order, as stipulated by the regulations, he took up the sprint race from P8. His closest rival Sebastian Job started from the sixth grid spot.
At the front of the field, Mitchell DeJong (USA/VRS Coanda Simsport) defended his top spot from Red Bull Racing Esport driver Graham Carroll and Finland’s Tuomas Tähtelä (Logitech G Altus eSports). At the green light, Rogers immediately attacked. By lap two, he had moved up to seventh place and waited in Sebastian Job’s slipstream for his chance. The pair put on a spectacular show, swapping positions several times.
In the end, Roger’s prevailed and promptly went in pursuit of his teammate Tommy Östgaard. In the last lap, Rogers pulled past the Norwegian on the long Mulsanne straight into fifth place. With full commitment and strong overtaking manoeuvres, the Australian fought his way forward to second position in a dramatic final phase marked by several collisions.
Thanks to this performance, he kept his chances for the championship title open. Job crossed the finish line in fourth behind Graham Carroll. At the front of the pack, Mitchell DeJong celebrated his first win of the season.
The main race over eight laps was also characterised by close duels between the two main title aspirants. Shortly after the start, Job slipped past his teammate Carroll into third. Rogers snatched the lead from DeJong along the long Hunaudières straight.
Shortly afterwards, Job squeezed past DeJong and again appeared in Roger’s rear-view mirror. Again and again, the Briton pulled alongside the Australian but was unwilling to take any unnecessary risks. He ultimately took the flag in…
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