If you’re not fully up to speed with the 2022 Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup, here’s what to expect from round 2.
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After the opening round of the 2022 Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup provided us with some intense action and major surprises, the series is coming back for its second round of the season on Saturday 19 February. Where and when will they be racing, how can you watch, what should you expect? Let us break that all down for you here in our Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup round 2 preview.
The first stop on the 2022 Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup calendar was the Hockenheimring, and now we will see the cars in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. As with the first races, this round will feature both the All-Stars series and the main PESC series as well. The All-Stars, who include the likes of Jimmy Broadbent, Emily Jones and Porsche junior driver Laurin Heinrich, will take to the track in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.
The main series, which is contested by some of the fastest esports drivers in the world including Red Bull Racing Esports Team driver Sebastian Job and Maximilian Benecke of Team Redline, also makes use of the 911 GT3 Cup cars. Both series will feature a qualifying session to determine the grid for a short, Sprint Race. The results of the Sprint Race earn the drivers points, and also determine the reverse-grid starting order for the big event – the Main Race. To catch the start of the action, tune in at 6:30pm CET on the Porsche YouTube Channel.
Who to watch in Round 2
Coming off the back of round 1 of the season, a few things are already clear. First and foremost, any viewers can expect to see some incredible performances from Laurin Heinrich in the All-Stars series, as he dominated the competition at the Hockenheimring. This event will prove whether he is a Hockenheim specialist, or if he’s simply a step above the rest of the field.
As for the main series, things are rather less clear cut. Some of the big names such as Job and Benecke didn’t get off to the greatest of starts in the opener, and as such they will be keen to prove that they have still got what it takes to lead the field and to establish their championship challenge in the absence of reigning champion Joshua K Rogers.
As for the up and comers to keep an eye on, both race winners in the opening round were Coanda talents, in the forms of the Australian Dayne Warren and the Turkish Ayhancan Guven. Along with the likes of Graham Carroll, Jeremy Bouteloup, Charlie Collins and Diogo C. Pinto, each of whom claimed podium finishes in Hockenheim, another name to watch is Quentin Vialatte. The rookie was the standout of his class, earning a fifth place finish in the Sprint Race before he was spun out in the Main Race while contending for second position.