Ayhancan Guven Scores First Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Victory at Hockenheim

Ayhancan Guven Scores First Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Victory at Hockenheim

35 of the world’s best sim racers kicked off the 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season on Saturday at the Hockenheimring, but only one could kick off the campaign on the top step of the podium. That driver was Ayhancan Guven, who forced his way past Jeremy Bouteloup on Lap 6 of the 18-lap feature and led the remainder of the way for his first career series victory.

Some late-race argy-bargy for the second spot enabled Guven to pull away at race’s end, but up until a few laps to go, most of the top cars were within a second of one another. Graham Carroll and Bouteloup were the beneficiaries, with Carroll jumping from sixth to second in the final three laps and Bouteloup recovering from fifth to return to the podium in a side-by-side battle between them. Diogo Pinto and Cooper Webster would complete the top five.

But for every driver who benefits, there’s another who drops through the order, and Dayne Warren may have had the worst luck at race’s end. After posting the top time in qualifying, Warren won the nine-lap sprint race to set the feature grid, where he’d start eighth after the inversion at the front of the field. While he would climb to fourth in the closing laps, he and Charlie Collins would both receive incident penalties before reaching the checkered flag, dropping to the middle of the pack as they served their penalties.

In the All-Star race preceding the Supercup action, Porsche junior driver Laurin Heinrich was the driver to beat, passing defending series champion Emily “Emree” Jones on Lap 6 and leading the final 10 laps of the race. The win followed the top time in qualifying and a heat race victory. Jones would hang on for second, with Borja Zazo completing the podium.

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature results from Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 3 53 Ayhancan Guven 18 13 1:38.640 65
2 11 21 Graham Carroll 18 -1.993 0 1:38.453 55
3 2 77 Jeremy Bouteloup 18 -2.355 5 1:38.732 54
4 6 44 Diogo C. Pinto 18 -2.549 0 1:39.263 63
5 9 37 Cooper Webster 18 -2.743 0 1:38.303 46
6 16 47 Alejandro Sánchez 18 -2.935 0 1:38.750 36
7 1 69 Moreno Sirica 18 -3.342 0 1:38.562 41
8 20 97 Tuomas Tähtelä 18 -3.526 0 1:38.668 27
9 15 79 Oskar Biksrud 18 -6.300 0 1:38.899 30
10 22 11 Maximilian Benecke 18 -6.727 0 1:38.665 22
11 26 49 Jamie Fluke 18 -7.312 0 1:38.633 20
12 17 90 Yohann Harth 18 -9.814 0 1:38.571 22
13 32 7 Jeff Giassi 18 -11.718 0 1:39.049 16
14 7 93 Charlie Collins 18 -12.016 0 1:39.131 44
15 18 40 Julien Soenen 18 -12.380 0 1:38.910 15
16 8 57 Dayne Warren 18 -12.507 0 1:38.381 45
17 23 15 Zac Campbell 18 -12.870 0 1:39.058 9
18 21 98 Kevin Ellis Jr 18 -13.086 0 1:39.180 8
19 19 50 Peter Berryman 18 -13.462 0 1:39.083 9
20 25 43 Brian Lockwood 18 -14.049 0 1:39.457 6
21 30 51 Josh Thompson 18 -14.365 0 1:39.239 5
22 5 22 Sebastian Job 18 -15.196 0 1:39.081 26
23 10 12 Jordan Caruso 18 -15.900 0 1:39.060 14
24 27 4 Salva Talens 18 -23.865 0 1:38.604 2
25 31 95 Kamil Grabowski 18 -25.067 0 1:39.007 1
26 24 28 Sam Kuitert 18 -43.601 0 1:39.604 0
27 14 83 Bobby Zalenski 18 -44.368 0 1:39.005 7
28 28 78 Alessandro Bico 18 -50.573 0 1:38.921 0
29 34 17 Matti Sipilä 18 -52.388 0 1:39.167 0
30 4 81 Quentiin Vialatte 18 -56.414 0 1:38.743 18
31 12 70 Gianni Vecchio 2 -16 L 0 9
32 13 13 Dino Lombardi 2 -16 L 0 8
33 29 10 Jack Sedgwick 2 -16 L 0 0
34 33 31 David Williams 1 -17 L 0 0

 

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points after one round are as follows:

  1. Ayhancan Guven, 65
  2. Diogo Pinto, 63
  3. Graham Carroll, 55
  4. Jeremy Bouteloup, 54
  5. Cooper Webster, 46
  6. Dayne Warren, 45
  7. Charlie Collins, 44
  8. Moreno Sirica, 41
  9. Alejandro Sanchez, 36
  10. Oskar Biksrud, 30

The 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season continues on February 19 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where Sebastian Job posted a dominant victory last year. As always, the action kicks off at 12:30PM ET with All-Star competition, before the Supercup goes green at 2PM ET, and all the action streams live at twitch.tv/Porsche. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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