An image of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car racing in the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Italia.

What is the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Italia?

Assetto Corsa Competizione

The Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Italia blends esports and real racing heritage. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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In the world of racing esports, series such as the Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup and the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Deutschland are both well known. However, fewer fans know about the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Italia. To rectify that, here is everything you need to know about the PECCI.

The Essential Details

Currently in its fifth year, the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Italia runs on Assetto Corsa Competizione. Using the Italian sim, competitors race using the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) car. This year’s championship began all the way back in April, when the first heat took place.

Each of the five heats is divided into the first phase, in which hopeful competitors qualify via hotlaps, and a second phase, which is a live qualification race. At each track, the owners of the 32 fastest hotlaps take part in the qualification race. There, the top six drivers earn their spot in the final. Each of these rounds was broadcast on the official Porsche Twitch channel.

On top of these five rounds, there is one more avenue to the finals. Drivers who failed to qualify from home can take part in the last chance qualifier during the Porsche Festival. The top two drivers from this qualifier will also advance to the final.

The Final

After the long qualification phase, the series culminates in the final. This round will adopt the full PCCI format, with a qualifying session followed by two races. The second race uses a reverse grid, to keep things interesting.

During the final, each driver will represent an official PCCI team by running that team’s livery. Furthermore, the event will be broadcasted on Sky TV. Each of the top three drivers in the final will win prizes. First place gets to test the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in real life, while second place will win a one-day Porsche Experience driving course. The third place finisher will get a complete cockpit.

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My name is Jacob and I have been writing for OverTake since November of 2020. I come from the UK, but I'm now living in Berlin. I love to watch, write about and sometimes shout about all forms of racing.