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On too many instances in the 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season, it’s seemed like former series champion Sebastian Job has taken home a sprint victory, only to suffer a lesser result in the feature. On Saturday at Le Mans, though, the Red Bull Racing eSports driver would flip the script, working with teammate Cooper Webster to defend the top two spots early before holding off points leader Diogo Pinto at the finish line for his second main event win of the season. The victory enabled Job to climb to third in the standings, within 11 points of sprint race winner Kevin Ellis Jr. for second and 48 behind Pinto for the championship lead going into the June 4 finale at Monza.
Two-time 2022 winner Zac Campbell would complete the podium, with Jeremy Bouteloup and Alejandro Sanchez completing the top five. Webster would lead the first two laps before Job would pass him for good; he’d then take contact on the fifth of six laps to fall back to sixth, remaining in the lead pack but unable to regain any of the spots he’d lost.
On one of the fastest tracks of the season, and a place where the slipstream is more important than almost anywhere else on the schedule, most of the field kept it close throughout both races. 19 of the feature race’s 29 starters would finish within 10 seconds of the leader, while 18 of the 29 would manage the same feat in the sprint race. Less than two seconds separated the top five in both races among the sim pros.
The All-Star races preceding the Supercup produced their normal excitement, with Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier and eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series star Casey Kirwan once again among the class of the field. Meier would win the sprint race over Kirwan and Dan “Suzuki” Sosulski, while Kirwan would make the winning pass on Jaroslav “Jardier” Honzik in the second half of the feature race as Honzik and Meier completed that race’s podium. Meier sits more than 100 points clear of defending champion Emily “Emree” Jones and Borja Zazo in the All-Star standings with one race remaining.
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup results from the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans were as follows:
|2||3||44||Diogo C. Pinto||6||-0.566||0||4:00.507||60|
|8||8||98||Kevin Ellis Jr||6||-3.939||0||4:00.041||59|
|27||28||50||Peter Berryman||3||-3 L||0||0|
|28||14||78||Alessandro Bico||1||-5 L||0||7|
|29||26||57||Dayne Warren||1||-5 L||0||2|
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points through nine rounds are as follows:
- Diogo Pinto, 503
- Kevin Ellis Jr., 466
- Sebastian Job, 455
- Zac Campbell, 428
- Charlie Collins, 372
- Cooper Webster, 316
- Jeremy Bouteloup, 308
- Maximilian Benecke, 300
- Jamie Fluke, 286
- Alejandro Sanchez, 271
The 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season concludes at Autodromo Nazionale Monza in two weeks’ time, with the possibility of crowning just the third champion in series history if Pinto or Ellis can pull it off. As always, the action kicks off at 1:30PM ET with All-Star competition, before the Supercup goes green at 3PM ET, and all the action streams live at twitch.tv/iracing. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.