Did you miss the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup action last Saturday? Or maybe you want to find out who is leading the championship now. Here are the latest PESC standings after Round 6.
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The action from the Posche Tag Heuer Esports Superup continued on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last Saturday and there were a couple of firsts for the year. For instance, we had the first pole sitter to not win the sprint race, and both race winners getting their second wins of the season so Sebastian Job is no longer so lonely at the top of that particular category.
Here’s all the essential information from the most recent round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.
The main event
Qualifying saw Coanda’s Dayne Warren come out on top. The two-time Austrlian Supercars Pro Eseries champion was only a few hundreths ahead of Apex’s Kevin Ellis Jr. and Red Bull’s Sebastian Job, whilst championship leader Diogo Pinto could only manage ninth. But come the race it would be VRS’ Zac Campbell who would triumph after having started from fourth on the grid.
Right at the start, Campbell passed Job. Warren then ran wide at Turn 6 and slipped down to ninth, only one position down from what he would need to be starting on pole for the main race. With three laps to go, Warren was handed reverse grid pole on a plate after an incident involving Alejandro Sanchez left both him and Moreno Sirica out of contention.
On the last lap, Campbell made his move on Ellis Jr. at the hairpin, after tailing him all race. The pair ran side-by-side all the way up to the final chicane before the American made it stick. After winning the main race at Interlagos, Campbell became the first driver besides Job to win more than one race this season.
Sprint Race Result
|Kevin Ellis, Jr.||2||+0.186|
#PESC – 20 laps Feature Race of #Porsche @TAGHeuer Esports #Supercup by @iRacing on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal is on. 34 #911GT3Cup at the start, here’s the recap: pic.twitter.com/2HGempa5t2— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) April 9, 2022
For the main race, Dayne Warren ensured there wouldn’t be a repeat of him throwing it away after starting on pole. He may have become the first driver this season to not convert pole to a Sprint win but he did still claim victory in the main race.
It was rather uneventful with the top four remaining in the positions where they started. Warren came home ahead of Salva Talens and championship leader Pinto who, like a lot of the drivers in this race, was also doing double duties in the Nürburgring 24 hours iRacing Special Event competing in the Porsche Cup class.
Main Race Result
|Diogo C. Pinto||3||+0.737|
|Kevin Ellis, Jr.||5||+2.314|
Pinto still leads the championship but his lead is now down to 21 points, this time ahead of Ellis, Jr. with a second and a fifth in both races and earning the highest number of points from this round.
Job now sits 29 points behind Pinto. Behind the 2020 PESC champion in third is Campbell, though the gap between the two is not large. Then there is a big leap back to Collins and then another to Benecke. It’s quickly becoming a race between the top four, although Pinto’s consistency is keeping him firmly ahead but even without hvaing claimed his first win of the season, Ellis Jr. isn’t that far behind.
PESC Championship Standings
|Kevin Ellis, Jr.||299|
Quirk dominant in PESC All-Stars
Newboy Tyson ‘Quirkitized’ Meier has already put one hand firmly on the All-Stars trophy after an emphatic double victory in the 718 Cayman GT4 cars. It was a straightforward affair in the Sprint for Meier who led home Xabier ‘Heikki360ES’ Sánchez by just over a second and it was quite the gap back to Dan Suzuki in third.
For the Main Race, it was Matt Malone who led away from pole after incurring a jump start penalty in the Sprint. He was soon joined by Emily Jones who had been attending the Australian Grand Prix between her sleep deprived efforts in the All-Star races. When Quirkitized eventually made the inroads to join the battle, Meier was punted off unintentionally by a lagging Jones but rebounded.
#PESC – Congrats to Tyson Meier for double All-Star victory on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Result of Main Race :— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) April 9, 2022
Next up: Qualifying for #Porsche @TAGHeuer Esports Supercup by @iRacing pic.twitter.com/rPJid9UpAA
Heading into turn one, Jones seemed to have made the pass on Malone but another netcode hit forced Malone off so the reigning All-Star champion waited for him and Quirk wasted no time taking advantage, passing not only Jones and Malone but also Borja Zazo in one fell swoop.
Malone would subsequently put it into the Wall Of Champions approaching the last part of the race after mounting a kerb too aggressively. At that same corner on the last lap it was 2021 All-Star title protagonists Jones and Dan Suzuki who had a collision which led to Jones getting black-flagged by the automated iRacing stewards.
But it was Meier who once again stamped his authority on the All-Stars title and he celebrated with his cardboard cutout of Tony Kanaan during the post-race interviews.
To rewatch the action, both Porsche and iRacing‘s broadcast of the event is available on their YouTube channels.
The next round will be on the famed Spa-Francorchamps and it will be held on 23 April. Follow the action as always on either Porsche or iRacing‘s YouTube or Twitch channels, and see the pros contend through the Ardennes countryside as well as the All-Stars who will be using the 911 GT3 R for the first time this season.
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