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Rogers Returns to Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Winner’s Circle in Le Mans

Rogers Returns to Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Winner’s Circle in Le Mans

Joshua Rogers’ return to form in the 2021 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup had the Australian on the path to a second championship well before Saturday’s visit to Circuit de la Sarthe for the ninth round of the season. When the checkered flag fell, though, it removed just about any remaining doubt.

After qualifying on pole, Rogers swept both the sprint and feature races on the penultimate round of the campaign, with Tommy Ostgaard and Zac Campbell completing the podium in the main event behind him. As it stands, Rogers merely needs to wait it out until the finale from Autodromo Nazionale Monza in two weeks’ time to officially accept his second series championship.

But to wrap the story up there is to make it sound like Rogers had a walk in the park on Saturday. Defending series champion and past series winner at Le Mans, Sebastian Job, made sure that wasn’t the case in the sprint race, mounting an impressive challenge that enabled him to lead part of the final lap. Unfortunately for Job, however, Rogers would return the favor, and eke out a victory by the razor-thin margin of .093 seconds in the drag race to the finish line.

The top eight would take their normal invert for the feature race, and that made for great news for Mitchell deJong, whose sixth place sprint finish put him third on the grid and allowed him to make quick work of taking the lead. Still seeking his second victory of the season, the American would initially weather challenges from both Rogers and Ostgaard in the second half of the six-lap race. However, an unlucky spin in the Porsche Corners on the final lap after multiple cars made contact opened the door for Rogers to score the sweep, as deJong limped home to 22nd place.

In the All-Star race preceding the Supercup action, six different drivers took podium finishes across the two races. Emily “Emree” Jones took the win in the sprint race ahead of Borja Zazo and Heikki360, while Dan Suzuki held off Tony Kanaan and Matt Malone in the feature.

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature results from Circuit de la Sarthe were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 8 92 Joshua K Rogers 6 1 4:01.709 85
2 9 58 Tommy Østgaard 6 -0.513 0 4:01.986 57
3 10 15 Zac Campbell 6 -1.962 0 4:01.890 51
4 12 69 Moreno Sirica 6 -3.148 0 4:02.248 46
5 11 30 Kevin Ellis Jr 6 -3.516 0 4:02.164 44
6 13 5 Martin Krönke 6 -4.783 0 4:01.933 39
7 15 31 David Williams 6 -4.868 0 4:01.558 34
8 2 77 Jeremy Bouteloup 6 -5.320 0 4:01.451 40
9 5 57 Dayne Warren 6 -5.681 0 4:02.279 46
10 18 7 Jeff Giassi 6 -5.733 0 4:01.507 25
11 19 312 Daniel Lafuente 6 -5.857 0 4:01.489 22
12 16 99 Mikkel Gade 6 -6.217 0 4:01.611 23
13 21 729 Maxim Ramsteijn 6 -6.974 0 4:01.687 16
14 6 93 Charlie Collins 6 -7.238 0 4:02.099 42
15 28 107 Tuomas Tähtelä 6 -9.634 0 4:01.823 12
16 17 43 Brian Lockwood 6 -10.384 0 4:02.762 14
17 31 18 Sindre Setsaas 6 -10.643 0 4:01.446 9
18 32 51 Josh Thompson 6 -10.970 0 4:01.795 8
19 30 4 Salva Talens 6 -11.659 0 4:01.357 7
20 22 33 Ricardo Castro Ledo 6 -11.842 0 4:02.442 6
21 4 49 Jamie Fluke 6 -13.596 0 4:02.075 23
22 3 24 Mitchell deJong 6 -14.684 5 4:02.182 19
23 14 911 Ayhancan Guven 6 -15.831 0 4:03.302 10
24 20 11 Maximilian Benecke 6 -16.734 0 4:01.677 3
25 26 119 Pekka Tuomainen 6 -17.055 0 4:03.861 1
26 33 10 Jack Sedgwick 6 -18.988 0 4:02.087 0
27 29 16 Mack Bakkum 6 -25.233 0 4:01.827 0
28 1 121 Diogo C. Pinto 6 -27.326 0 4:01.917 13
29 27 47 Alejandro Sánchez 5 -1 L 0 4:01.816 0
30 24 211 Thibault Cazaubon 5 -1 L 0 4:01.902 0
31 7 1 Sebastian Job 5 -1 L 0 4:01.938 28
32 23 13 Alexander Wolters 3 -3 L 0 4:02.188 0
33 25 8 Graham Carroll 2 -4 L 0 4:01.800 0

 

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

  1. Joshua Rogers, 600
  2. Mitchell deJong, 407
  3. Sebastian Job, 395
  4. Kevin Ellis Jr., 349
  5. Dayne Warren, 346
  6. Charlie Collins, 342
  7. Tommy Ostgaard, 313
  8. Zac Campbell, 311
  9. Maximilian Benecke, 271
  10. Graham Carroll, 257

The 2021 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season will conclude in Monza on April 24. Coverage kicks off at 2PM ET with the All-Star action, and continues with the sim racing pros at 3PM ET. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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