Joshua Rogers scores first win of the 2020 season

Title defender Joshua Rogers cast off his unlucky streak at the gripping fifth round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup to score his first win of the season on the digital Road Atlanta racetrack. So far this season, the Australian VRS Coanda Simsport driver had snatched five pole positions in a row, but victory had evaded him. 

Race

Thanks to his success in the 30-minute main race, Rogers moves up the championship rankings from fourth to second place. Earlier, Alejandro Sánchez (Spain/MSI eSports) had won the 15-minute sprint race on the iRacing simulation platform.

In the sprint, Joshua Anderson (Australia/Logitech G Altus eSports) initially took the lead at the wheel of his virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and fended off Sánchez and Martin Krönke (Germany/VRS Coanda Simsport). Behind the trio, a thrilling fight for positions unfolded. At the heart of it: series leader Sebastian Job (Great Britain/Red Bull Racing Esport) and his main rival for the title, Rogers. With four minutes to the flag, Job put in an inspired drive to sweep past Jeff Giassi (Brazil/Positive SimRacing) and then Krönke. Soon after, Rogers also grabbed his chance and manoeuvred himself into fourth place behind Job. In a final dash to the finish line, the leading Anderson had to relinquish his top spot to Sánchez. For Maximilian Benecke, who sat second in the championship until this point, it was all about limiting the losses: the German driver from the Redline team had qualified on 28th, but still managed to work his way through the field to finish the sprint race in 16th.

The main race over 30 minutes was dominated by a three-way battle between title aspirants Job, Sánchez and Rogers. Shortly after the start, the Spaniard defended his lead from Joshua Anderson. Job and Rogers also got past the Australian, who then fell down the field after colliding with Dayne Warren (Australia/Logitech G Altus eSports). Despite putting up a spirited fight, Sánchez first had to let Job overtake, and then Rogers. From then on, Job defended his lead. At the midway mark, however, his dogged pursuer saw a gap and, after a breathtaking door-to-door duel through several corners, Rogers snatched the lead and took the chequered flag in first place, followed over the line by Job. The fight for third turned into a gripping final sprint to the finish between Sánchez and Warren. The Spaniard kept cool and scored his sixth straight podium result. Maximilian Benecke again put in an impressive charge through the field to take the flag in sixth place.

After the fifth race weekend, Sebastian Job continues to lead the overall classification with 290 points followed by Joshua Rogers (272 points) in second and Alejandro Sánchez (263 points) in third. On 15 August, Great Britain hosts another round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, this time on the digital version of the Brands Hatch racetrack. This circuit features blind crests, demanding corner combinations and considerable elevation differences.

Comments after the races

Joshua Rogers (Virtual Racing School/Coanda Racing): “I’m quite happy with my qualifying; it was my fifth pole position in a row. I started the sprint race on the outside line, which wasn’t bad, but I touched another car and lost several positions. I quickly shrugged it off and worked my way forward, position by position. I took up the main race from fourth place and I knew I had to get past Josh Anderson, otherwise, Sebastian and Alejandro would get away on me. I’m thrilled about my first win of the season and I can’t wait for the next round at Brands Hatch.”

Sebastian Job (Red Bull Racing Esports): “That was a very eventful race and it was great fun. Thanks to Josh for the great duel. I really enjoyed it, even if I ended up second best. I lacked a bit of performance today, so maybe I started my preparations for Road Atlanta a little too late. But that makes me all the more pleased about the result because I’m still leading the championship.”

Jeff Giasi (Positive SimRacing): “This is the first time I’ve finished in the top five and I’m over the moon. I owe a great deal to the support programme of Porsche Brazil, which also gives sim racers the chance to experience real motor racing: In two weeks I’ll sit at the wheel of a real Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for the first time. That’s hugely motivating to train even more intensively in the future.”

Result (preliminary)

Road Atlanta, sprint race
1. Alejandro Sánchez (E/MSI eSports)
2. Joshua Anderson (AUS/private)
3. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esport)
4. Joshua Rogers (AUS/Virtual Racing School/Coanda Racing)
5. Martin Krönke (GER/Schaeffler Coanda Simsport)

Road Atlanta, main race
1. Joshua Rogers (AUS/Virtual Racing School/Coanda Racing)
2. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esport)
3. Alejandro Sánchez (E/MSI eSports)
4. Dayne Warren (AUS/Logitech G Altus Esports)
5. Jeff Giassi (BRA/Positive SimRacing)

Points standings after 5 of 10 championship rounds
1. Sebastian Job (GB/Red Bull Racing Esport), 290 points
2. Joshua Rogers (AUS/Virtual Racing School/Coanda Racing), 272 points
3. Alejandro Sánchez (E/MSI eSports), 263 points

Preview

The digital duplicate of the Road Atlanta racetrack in the US state of Georgia hosts the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup this Saturday (1 August). The 4.088-kilometre rollercoaster circuit noted for its twelve at times high-speed corners as well as its long straights, significant elevation changes and brutal compressions, places special demands on the setup of the virtual version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. After the rescheduling of the rounds at Le Mans and the Nürburgring, Road Atlanta marks the fifth race contested as part of the global Esports championship on the iRacing simulation platform.

Sebastian Job from the Red Bull Racing Esports team tackles the race as the new points’ leader: With 219 points, the Briton moved to the top of drivers’ standings at his home race in Silverstone. Following in his slipstream just 18 points behind is Germany’s Maximilian Benecke from the Redline squad. Thanks to scoring a first and a second place at the “Home of British Motor Racing”, Alejandro Sánchez (MSI eSports) from Spain now ranks third overall with 198 points to his credit. Joshua Rogers (VRS Coanda Simsport), the previous points’ leader, fell down the rankings to fourth place after the Silverstone weekend.

Info

At the Road Atlanta circuit, sim racers will contest a 15-minute sprint race, followed by a 30-minute main race. Fans can watch the event live on Porsche’s Twitch and YouTube channels.  Both races are also streamed on the two video platforms via iRacing. Further information on the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup can be found on the Porsche Motorsport Hub, Porsche Newsroom and the Twitter account @PorscheRaces.

The programme (1 August)

3:45 to 4:03pm: Free practice

4:03 to 4:15pm: Qualifying

4:17 to 4:32pm: Sprint race

4:34 to 4:44pm: Warm-up

4:45 to 5:15pm: Main race

(All times CEST)

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, 2020, Porsche AG

Schedule of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup 2020

Event

Date

Racetrack

Pre-Season Test*

27 – 28 March 2020

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Round 1

2 May 2020

Circuit Park Zandvoort

Round 2

9 May 2020

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Round 3

23 May 2020

Donington Park Circuit

Round 4

18 July 2020

Silverstone Circuit

Round 5

1 August 2020

Road Atlanta

Round 6

15 August 2020

Brands Hatch Circuit

Round 7

29 August 2020

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Round 8

5 September 2020 Nurburgring Nordschleife – 24h Total Distance*

Round 9

26 September 2020 Circuit de la Sarthe*

Round 10

10 October 2020

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

*Lap-based Event


 

Info

Further information can be found on the Porsche Motorsports Hub.

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Title defender Joshua Rogers has further reduced his gap to the top of the leaderboard in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. On the virtual version of the storied British racetrack of Brands Hatch, the Australian VRS Coanda Simsport driver snatched the lead in the main race after an inspired overtaking manoeuvre.