deJong Scores Long-Awaited Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Feature Win at Montreal

deJong Scores Long-Awaited Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Feature Win at Montreal

Since the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup turned its first competitive laps two years ago, Mitchell deJong has been looked out one of the standout drivers in the series. However, the American veteran of multiple iRacing World Championships also spent quite a while carrying the moniker of the series’ best driver not to win a feature race.

That all changed on Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Just one week after a last-lap incident with Kevin Ellis Jr. at Road Atlanta that ended with neither of them taking the victory, deJong held off the Interlagos winner to take the checkered flag by just .165 seconds. The long-awaited victory came at a track where deJong had almost won two years ago, and allowed him to gain valuable points on championship leader Joshua Rogers—the same driver who defeated him here in the closing laps of 2019—in the process.

Rogers kicked off the proceedings by winning the feature, taking the lead early from top qualifier and promising rookie Zac Campbell and holding off fellow former series champion Sebastian Job by just over a second. deJong, who had qualified ninth, benefitted from the eight-car invert between the 10-lap sprint race and 20-lap feature by taking the pivotal eighth place result. From there, he led all 20 laps

Tuomas Tahtela scored a breakthrough podium in third place as the podium was separated by just under half a second, while Campbell and series veteran Graham Carroll completed the top five. The first two series champions faced off for sixth, with Job nipping Rogers at the line for the spot.

Prior to the world’s top sim racers taking to the track, the weekly All-Star race between pro drivers, celebrities, and major Twitch streamers featured some thrilling battles of its own. Top qualifier Dan Suzuki and Emily “Emree” Jones fought hard in the sprint race for the win, with Emree taking the top spot, but it was real-world pro Laurens Vanthoor who beat both to the checkered flag in the main event.

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature results from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 1 24 Mitchell deJong 20 20 1:37.312 63
2 3 30 Kevin Ellis Jr 20 -0.159 0 1:37.332 60
3 2 107 Tuomas Tähtelä 20 -0.465 0 1:37.156 54
4 6 15 Zac Campbell 20 -3.895 0 1:37.364 67
5 12 8 Graham Carroll 20 -9.901 0 1:37.625 43
6 7 1 Sebastian Job 20 -12.490 0 1:37.633 57
7 8 92 Joshua K Rogers 20 -12.542 0 1:36.980 61
8 5 47 Alejandro Sánchez 20 -13.007 0 1:37.461 44
9 19 99 Mikkel Gade 20 -16.952 0 1:37.726 26
10 24 04 Salva Talens 20 -17.268 0 1:37.559 22
11 32 69 Moreno Sirica 20 -18.302 0 1:37.410 20
12 28 49 Jamie Fluke 20 -19.124 0 1:37.701 24
13 21 31 David Williams 20 -19.174 0 1:37.450 16
14 22 729 Maxim Ramsteijn 20 -20.280 0 1:37.791 14
15 26 43 Brian Lockwood 20 -20.351 0 1:37.478 12
16 14 121 Diogo C. Pinto 20 -20.552 0 1:37.476 17
17 20 51 Josh Thompson 20 -21.407 0 1:37.538 10
18 23 911 Ayhancan Guven 20 -21.910 0 1:37.810 8
19 9 58 Tommy Østgaard 20 -22.202 0 1:37.467 19
20 15 7 Jeff Giassi 20 -23.919 0 1:37.687 12
21 34 93 Charlie Collins 20 -24.761 0 1:37.431 5
22 35 90 Yohann Harth 20 -29.861 0 1:37.784 4
23 36 13 Alexander Wolters 20 -30.147 0 1:37.786 3
24 25 5 Martin Krönke 20 -30.485 0 1:37.729 2
25 13 77 Jeremy Bouteloup 20 -30.997 0 1:37.544 9
26 30 50 Ricardo  Rico 20 -39.014 0 1:37.701 0
27 29 28 Carlos  Fenollosa 13 -7 L 0 1:38.152 0
28 18 312 Daniel Lafuente 10 -10 L 0 1:37.575 3
29 16 211 Thibault Cazaubon 8 -12 L 0 1:37.825 5
30 33 10 Jack Sedgwick 5 -15 L 0 1:37.825 0
31 31 12 Alexander Thiebe 4 -16 L 0 1:38.071 0
32 4 57 Dayne Warren 4 -16 L 0 18
33 10 11 Maximilian Benecke 2 -18 L 0 11
34 11 18 Sindre Setsaas 1 -19 L 0 10
35 17 119 Pekka Tuomainen 0 -20 L 0 4
36 27 33 Ricardo Castro Ledo 0 -20 L 0 0

 

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points after six rounds are as follows:

  1. Joshua Rogers, 409
  2. Mitchell deJong, 322
  3. Kevin Ellis Jr., 281
  4. Sebastian Job, 257
  5. Charlie Collins, 227
  6. Dayne Warren, 219
  7. Maximilian Benecke, 207
  8. Graham Carroll, 204
  9. Alejandro Sanchez, 189
  10. Zac Campbell, 186

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season is off until March 13, when the championship will make its return to the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Job is the defending winner from the Belgian circuit. 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.

All-Star Race image via Justin Prince

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