In round 7 of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup on iRacing, the drivers tackled Spa-Francorchamps. Who impressed the most?
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The fifth season of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup is fast approaching the finishing line, and there are plenty of talking points. The championship battle is going heavily in one driver’s favour, whilst two others got their first win and their first podium respectively.
So here are our picks for the drivers who impressed the most in Round 7 of PESC.
In qualifying, a new driver found themselves winning the TAG Heuer Pole Award. Before PESC Round 7, Williams Esports driver Alessandro Bico had been very unassuming throughout the season, with just the solitary third place finish to shout about in the Hockenheim Main Race.
But, after none of the top five in the standings could usurp Bico, he lined up at the front of the grid. It soon got even better for the Italian.
At the start of the Sprint, Zac Campbell passed Bico through Les Combes. Bico got back through one lap later and maintained his composure to break away from Campbell. The latter was then overtaken by Lasse Bak on the final lap.
Bico won his first ever race in the championship, and followed it up by finishing seventh in the Main Race. This catapulted him from 11th to 8th in the standings.
Another driver whose season hasn’t been particularly outstanding was BS+COMPETITION’s Oskari Rinne. The Finnish racer had finished no higher than 12th throughout the whole season, but he qualified 7th for the Sprint and finished 6th.
This meant he lined up third in the Main Race behind pole sitter Sebastian Job and championship leader Jordan Caruso.
Despite tremendous pressure from Campbell throughout the majority of the race, Rinne was characteristically cool and calm. He then got a freebie when Job tried a move at Les Combes and was forced to skip over the grass. Rinne slotted in behind Caruso. Despite his best efforts to pass the championship leader on the run towards the Bus Stop chicane, he couldn’t manage to get his first win.
Nevertheless, a P2 finish after not scoring any top ten finishes throughout the season prior to the event? Rinne was still very happy with that! It now puts the BS+ racer within the top 15. If he stays there come season’s end, he won’t have to go through the Contender Series.
As ever, continuing to amaze us all is Altus Esports’ Jordan Caruso. The Australian is consistently scoring strong points whilst rivals like Charlie Collins and Diogo Pinto are falling by the wayside. The latter of these encountered issues in qualifying and didn’t even set a time, and then got involved in a few collisions.
Pinto won the title last year due to his remarkable consistency, only winning one race and only failing to score in a single instance. Caruso has scored seven podiums already, including taking victory in the Main Race at Spa.
Being based in Australia, Caruso is racing at ungodly hours. Even though Caruso is waking up very early in the morning, it doesn’t seem to be hampering his concentration.
In the standings, Caruso’s lead is huge. The most that can be scored in one PESC meeting is 85 points, that’s 10 for pole, 25 for the Sprint Race win and 50 for the Main Race win. Following PESC round 7, Caruso now leads by 86 points. With how competitive this series is, that’s simply incomprehensible.
Special Mention: Matt Malone
We couldn’t wrap this up without giving some credit to one of the All-Stars competitors: Matt Malone. He managed to withstand the pressure of championship leader Casey Kirwan and reigning All-Stars champion Tyson ‘Quirkitized’ Meier to take his first ever win in the series.
Not only that, but he did it whilst making us all laugh throughout the last lap!
If you want to catch up on all the racing you may have missed from the broadcast, rewatch it all from Porsche’s YouTube channel. The next round takes place on the combined Nürburgring GP circuit and Nordschleife.
Which drivers impressed you in Round 7 of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!