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Rogers Takes Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Points Lead With Imola Win

Rogers Takes Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Points Lead With Imola Win

Two years ago, Joshua Rogers became the first champion in Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup history with a dominant 2019 season. Three races into the 2021 season, his motivation to become the series’ first two-time champion couldn’t be any clearer.

After scoring sprint race victories in the first two rounds of the season, the Australian finally put it together when it matters most, becoming the third different feature event winner so far after slicing and dicing his way through the field at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, better known as Imola. Starting seventh after a runner-up finish to 2020 champion Sebastian Job in the sprint race and the subsequent eight-car invert, it took Rogers only three laps to claw his way into podium position, and he made the decisive pass for the win on Alejandro Sanchez halfway through the 18-lap main event.

Sanchez would hang on for second, while Interlagos winner Kevin Ellis Jr. would complete the podium. Incoming points leader Mitchell deJong wound up seventh, a solid recovery from a 15th place result in qualifying, but nonetheless not enough to retain his championship lead against Rogers’ win. Job, meanwhile, would see his hopes of two straight feature victories fall victim to both the invert and first-lap drama; after being dropped to the back of the field, he’d only recover to 24th place.

As always, the All-Star race preceding the Supercup provided its share of excitement to set the scene. When all was said and done, Dan Suzuki made the most of the feature race, holding off Jimmy Broadbent after multiple incidents and passes in the main event.

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature results from Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 7 92 Joshua K Rogers 18 9 1:44.370 80
2 1 47 Alejandro Sánchez 18 -0.397 9 1:44.553 60
3 2 30 Kevin Ellis Jr 18 -0.728 0 1:44.507 54
4 4 11 Maximilian Benecke 18 -3.397 0 1:44.738 53
5 6 15 Zac Campbell 18 -4.591 0 1:44.584 60
6 10 49 Jamie Fluke 18 -4.714 0 1:44.587 42
7 12 24 Mitchell deJong 18 -4.782 0 1:44.556 37
8 9 57 Dayne Warren 18 -5.042 0 1:44.369 38
9 5 90 Yohann Harth 18 -7.837 0 1:44.798 46
10 15 7 Jeff Giassi 18 -8.082 0 1:44.613 28
11 14 04 Salva Talens 18 -8.357 0 1:44.588 27
12 17 77 Jeremy Bouteloup 18 -8.899 0 1:44.756 22
13 13 18 Sindre Setsaas 18 -9.151 0 1:44.598 24
14 3 93 Charlie Collins 18 -13.342 0 1:44.459 29
15 11 8 Graham Carroll 18 -13.718 0 1:44.647 22
16 30 27 Patrik Holzmann 18 -14.674 0 1:44.635 10
17 18 16 Mack Bakkum 18 -18.853 0 1:44.748 12
18 23 31 David Williams 18 -20.556 0 1:44.725 8
19 21 121 Diogo C. Pinto 18 -20.777 0 1:44.875 7
20 33 729 Maxim Ramsteijn 18 -20.929 0 1:44.602 6
21 29 211 Thibault Cazaubon 18 -22.144 0 1:44.784 5
22 16 58 Tommy Østgaard 18 -22.248 0 1:44.889 9
23 35 69 Moreno Sirica 18 -22.936 0 1:44.828 3
24 8 1 Sebastian Job 18 -24.728 0 1:44.480 37
25 24 43 Brian Lockwood 18 -24.952 0 1:44.818 1
26 28 99 Mikkel Gade 18 -25.303 0 1:44.790 0
27 26 312 Daniel Lafuente 18 -27.186 0 1:44.960 0
28 37 33 Ricardo Castro Ledo 18 -28.927 0 1:44.577 0
29 34 5 Martin Krönke 18 -30.340 0 1:44.787 0
30 27 10 Jack Sedgwick 18 -46.400 0 1:44.776 0
31 31 51 Josh Thompson 9 -9 L 0 1:44.634 0
32 22 12 Alexander Thiebe 9 -9 L 0 1:45.041 0
33 25 42 Matti Kaidesoja 6 -12 L 0 1:44.742 0
34 39 13 Alexander Wolters 3 -15 L 0 0
35 19 911 Ayhancan Guven 3 -15 L 0 2:08.263 2
36 38 50 Ricardo  Rico 1 -17 L 0 0
37 20 119 Pekka Tuomainen 0 -18 L 0 1
38 32 110 Christopher Dambietz 0 -18 L 0 0
39 36 107 Tuomas Tähtelä 0 -18 L 0 0

 

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points through three rounds are as follows:

  1. Joshua Rogers, 198
  2. Mitchell deJong, 161
  3. Dayne Warren, 145
  4. Maximilian Benecke, 139
  5. Kevin Ellis Jr., 127
  6. Alejandro Sanchez, 126
  7. Sebastian Job, 109
  8. Zac Campbell, 108
  9. Charlie Collins, 106
  10. Sindre Setsaas, 84

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season resumes next weekend at Silverstone Circuit, which will become the first track to host the series three times. As always, coverage kicks off at 1PM ET with the All-Star action, and continues with the sim racing pros at 2PM ET. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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