Crazy races give the best entertainment, and there have been few crazier than these two.
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In both real-world racing and in esports racing, the majority of races are either bad, good, or great. Sometimes, there is no action and cars cannot overtake each other, whereas others have thrilling battles for the lead between two duelling drivers right up until the line. There are a few races, however, that don’t fall into any of those categories, and instead it can only be looked at as an unbelievable spectacle which you will spend hours or maybe even days fully processing. Two such races, perhaps the most insane esports races ever, took place in the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup and in the 2017 Vegas eRace.
Bugs, Glitches and Outright Chaos
Circuit de la Sarthe played host to the PESC as they embarked on round four of the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. Three drivers were prime contenders, in the hunt for the overall title. Sebastian Job having won two of the three feature races in the season, while Maximilian Benecke had gained top honours in the third. However, neither Job nor Benecke were leading the championship going into round four. That position belonged to Joshua K Rogers.
You’ll have to watch our video to learn the whole story. But, to give you a little taster, there were shunts for leading contenders, a remarkable comeback drive, and a controversial problem with an in-game bug! What’s more, there was one final unprecedented twist to the tale, which would leave two of the three championship rivals gutted, while the third was elated.
Then there’s the Vegas eRace, which was unsurprisingly held in Las Vegas in the United States. As ever with Vegas, there was big money on the line – $200,000 to be precise! For most of the race, Bono Huis and current IndyCar driver Felix Rosenqvist were duking it out for the top spot. Then, all of a sudden, when they both excited the pit lane they realised that a certain Finn by the name of Olli Pahkala had come from nowhere to take the lead! However, it was not down to his own raw skill that he was able to take the chequered flag in front, but due to an issue with the implementation of Formula E’s fan boost system into rFactor 2.
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