More than 5,000 drivers raced to qualify for the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. The driver line-up is now complete, also including Formula 1 star Max Verstappen.
The qualifying process for the Porsche Esports Supercup came to its conclusion. For the last two and a half months, over 5,000 participants raced for one of 20 places in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. 22-year old Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen is one of the racers who made it to the Supercup. The Dutchman will be competing in a ten-event iRacing series for a prize pool of $200,000.
Verstappen surely looks forward to the first race on May 2, since it will take place at the virtual Circuit of Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Esports racing elite returns
Verstappen (Team Redline) will be joined by nineteen other drivers from the qualifying stage. Additionally, twenty drivers from the previous Porsche Esports Supercup 2019 will complete the line-up of this year’s competition. Of course, the current champion Joshua K Rogers (VRS Coanda Simsport) will try to defend his title.
iRacing’s number 1 driver Maximilian Benecke (Team Redline) will also return to the series. Last year, he lost the championship to Rogers in an incredibly close and intense final race.
“Last year we added sim racing to our motorsport family. We’ve set ourselves the goal of professionalising virtual motor racing and developing it into an exciting spectator sport. In the current situation, we’re attracting a huge following. The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup with the world’s best (sim) racers offers authentic, entertaining racing at the highest sporting level – which is precisely what motorsport fans want,” says Marco Ujhasi, Manager Esports at Porsche Motorsport.
Schedule and event details
Ten events will determine the winner of the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. Each event consists of five sessions. A free practice, an individual time-trial qualifying, a sprint race, a warm-up and the 30-minute main race.
Drivers will earn championship points for both the sprint and main race. A victory in the sprint race grants 25 points, while winning the main race is rewarded with twice as many. The top five qualifiers of each race will receive additional points, with the pole-sitter earning ten.
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