Sebastian Job scoops 2020 Porsche Esports Supercup crown and Jonne Ollikainen wins a messy second round of the iRX World Championship.
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With Red Bull Racing Esports’ Sebastian Job needing just a handful of points to secure the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup title, the final round of the season could have ended on a muted note.
Fortunately, the finale at Monza provided plenty of excitement. 2019 champion Joshua K Rogers kicked off the event with his eighth-pole position of the year, while Job qualified in second place just 0.004 seconds slower.
Rogers overtook Job at the start of the reverse-grid sprint race but he was caught up in an incident just a few moments later. Rogers slowed to avoid the colliding Dayne Warren and Mack Bakkum, but Job ended up inadvertently hitting Rogers from behind.
Job fell to 11th place while Rogers tumbled down the order to 25th position. Job charged to finish in fifth place while Rogers was 24th at the chequered flag, meaning that Job comfortably sealed the title with a race to spare. At the front of the field, his Red Bull stablemate Graham Carroll picked up his second win of the year.
Tommy Østgaard was fighting for the lead with Carroll before a slow-down penalty for missing the first chicane dropped him to third behind Job. Carroll continued his superlative form in the main race with another win. Job was able to complete a Red Bull one-two to cap off his incredible championship-winning campaign and earn $50,000.
After his victory Job said:
“It’ll take a while before I realize that I’ve won the title. I would never have thought it was possible when I started sim racing. I’m lost for words. It was fantastic to cross the finish line with my teammate Graham Carroll. Now I can’t wait for the next season, which will start soon.”
Coanda Simsport’s Rogers recovered from an opening lap spin to finish in fifth place, having run as low as 28th. He finishes 96 points adrift of the new champion Job. After the race Josh made his feelings known:
“First of all, congratulations to Seb Job, he really deserves the title. Obviously, I’m a little disappointed, but at the same time, I’m satisfied. The sprint race didn’t go as I’d planned. In the main race, I started from 24th and finished on fifth – that was a fun way to conclude the season.”
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup championship will return in January with the first round of its third season at Interlagos, Brazil.
Ollikainen the victor amid Daytona rallycross chaos
Jonne Ollikainen emerged victorious in a hard-fought second round of the 2020 iRX World Championship at the Daytona International Speedway.
Yessss! P1 in Daytona! Back in the business🔥 Massive effort by the whole team for this race and this time it really paid off! 1-2-3 in Q, 1-2-3 in Feature grid and 1-2 finish💪🏼 Round will be in my favourite track in Atlanta, 💯 attack! pic.twitter.com/R3JFY3HxGp— Jonne Ollikainen (@OllikainenJ44) October 10, 2020
Ollikainen stuck his SET Esports-run machine on pole position for the feature race. He took an opening lap joker and led home his team-mate Tommi Hallman by just 0.551s at the chequered flag to take his first win of the season. The final place on the podium was occupied by Jon Robertson.
The event was overshadowed by a number of controversial collisions. Among those worst affected was 2018 champion Mitchell deJong, who was wiped out of the race lead of the second last-chance qualifier race.
The third round of the championship will take place October 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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