A chaotic All-Star race, an insane Joshua K Rogers and a returning champion make headlines in Round 2 of the 2021 PESC.
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The second round of the 2021 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup treated its audience with two extremely entertaining race segments on Saturday night. First off were the two All-Star races in which content creators and real-life drivers battled it out at virtual Catalunya for two breathtakingly close rounds.
The fastest driver on the grid was Porsche works driver Matt Campbell. He narrowly beat Emily Jones in qualifying but went on for a strong start-to-finish victory in race one, while being almost five seconds faster than his competitors.
#PESC – This was thrilling @iRacing action: Porsche works driver @mattcampbell22_ wins the All-Star sprint race of the #Porsche @TAGHeuer #Esports #Supercup @Circuitcat_eng with the #911GT3Cup. P2 and P3 for @DanSuzukiTV and @emree_ree. Next up main race⬇️https://t.co/q2CDNu6ki5 pic.twitter.com/iroIL3HWaH— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) January 16, 2021
Broadbent’s redemption ends in drama
Race two allowed the less lucky drivers to start in front due to the reversed grid, one of them being YouTube sensation Jimmy Broadbent. The Brit has been extensively unlucky so far. The first round at Interlagos already left him trailing behind after contact with Will Ford, the man behind the YouTube channel Boosted Media, and this round turned out to be no different. Race one left him 13th after a small incident early in the race. After a hyper-competitve second race it all came down to a battle between him, Quickgabi and the flying Matt Campbell.
#PESC – A nail-biting end to the All-Star Race!@QuickGabi holds off @JimmyBroadbent and a charging @mattcampbell22_ to take the win!— iRacing.com (@iRacing) January 16, 2021
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup action begins soon: 📺 https://t.co/7T4f5XJukQ pic.twitter.com/1TB8p3B7E7
In the end, Quickgabi put on a masterclass performance to take home the victory in race two. Matt Campbell barely missed the double-victory and Jimmy Broadbent was left spinning out.
Coanda dominates in sprint
Do you want to hear an insane statistic? Prior to this round Joshua K Rogers got 18/21 pole positions in the two previous seasons of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. Add another one to that. Rogers and Coanda Simsport teammate Mitchell deJong were head and shoulders above everyone when they took pole and second place. Both of them couldn’t be beaten in the sprint race as Josh took a start-to-finish victory.
#PESC – @JKRogers_92 won #Porsche @TAGHeuer #Esports #Supercup sprint race @Circuitcat_eng. With his digital #911GT3Cup he crossed the line in front of @MitchelldeJong1 and @57etingi. Main race to follow soon.— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) January 16, 2021
Watch live 📺: https://t.co/q2CDNu6ki5 pic.twitter.com/WOTBCgi3f8
A great effort from last years champion Sebastian Job took him to eight place after seemingly botching the qualifying and starting in 16th. He therefore secured the pole position in the Feature race due to the reversed grid rule. Job took his time and gave everything in the last lap. After putting the pressure on Tommy Østgaard, he forced a big mistake from the Norwegian racer. Østgaard was left spinning and the reigning champion took his position.
#PESC – WHAT A BATTLE!@JKRogers_92 takes the sprint race win, but all eyes were on the fight for 8th. @G2Sebi takes the final invert spot and will start the feature race from the front row!— iRacing.com (@iRacing) January 16, 2021
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This move came in handy for Job later on.
The return of the King
This Feature race saw another straight victory with a measured and controlled drive from Red Bulls’s Sebastian Job. The pole position after the reversed grid came in handy for the Brit.
The reigning champion didn’t seem too happy with everything, though. In his post-race interview, Job said:
I’m a bit pissed off still about qualifying, but the race pace was good, so I can be happy about that. Not to get into it too much but changes have to be made about qualifying. It’s quite crazy that I have to fight up to eight after qualifying, I think 15th, and then getting the reversed pol. It’s not good for the series.
He also tweeted right after the race.
Still very disappointed with what happened in qualifying however, big changes needed…— Sebastian Job (@G2Sebi) January 16, 2021
Right behind Job, a fighting Joshua K Rogers showed his exceptional racecraft as he battled his way up to second place after starting eight in the feature.
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