WORDS: Ryan Jones
The Porsche eSports Supercup continued its quickfire conclusion to the championship with round 7 taking place at the famed and revered Nordschleife circuit.
Following on from a tough event at Spa, the Australian contingent bounced back in qualifying with all four drivers in the top 20. It was yet another pole position for Joshua Rogers who once again found himself starting in eighth courtesy of the sprint race grid inversion.
A monstrous 25 kilometre, eight-and-a-half-minute lap resulted in low lap counts for the event and drivers took the green knowing just 3 laps lay ahead in the sprint. With the contact last week still fresh in the memory, it was once again Max Benecke that Rogers found himself attempting to pass at the end of lap one. It appeared as though the move was almost complete entering Tiergarten, before light contact sent Benecke skating into the Nordkehre grass. The ensuing impact as Benecke’s car rolled back onto the track and into Rogers has, much like last week, been widely scrutinised and debated with an argument from many that the Team Redline driver had intentionally aimed for Rogers. Ultimately without telemetry it is nigh impossible to pass judgement which isn’t mere speculation…one thing that can be certain is for the second time in as many weeks, Joshua Rogers saw his championship hopes slipping away in the shape of an orange and white Porsche.
It was a good return to form for Joshua Anderson who after a tough couple of rounds managed to steer his Vendaval Sim Racing car into 11th as the chequered flag flew on the sprint race. Dayne Warren’s power was back this week, which meant the new Coanda driver finally got to represent his new colours which he drove to P17. Rogers ended up in 18th place while Jarrad Filsell also got beat pillar to post by other drivers which masked his true pace and resulted in a DNF.
The feature race was four laps long, and while this resulted in a race distance north of 100km, it offered drivers just four attempts at the best overtaking spots. Filsell and Rogers both made fast starts and picked up four spots in the early stages, Warren also picked up a spot while Anderson was able to maintain his 11th place. Rogers took that spot away from Anderson at the end of lap one while ahead there was contact which sent Alejandro Sanchez (3rd in the championship) tumbling back where he slotted into place between the two countrymen.
As expected, passing opportunities remained sparse up until the final lap where Rogers attempted a move for 8th, but he ran out of road and dropped to 11th once more, directly ahead of Anderson and Warren. Ultimately the final result was Rogers 9th, Anderson 12th, Warren 13th and Filsell 26th.
Two rounds remain in the 2020 Porsche eSports Supercup, it’s an 84-point lead for Sebastian Job in the championship with 170 points still up for grabs. The penultimate round of the year will take place in two weeks at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Porsche TAG Heuer eSports Supercup Points
1. Sebastian Job – 521
2. Josh Rogers – 437
3. Alejandro Sanchez – 407
4. Maximilian Benecke – 351
5. Kevin Ellis Jnr – 315
6. Dayne Warren – 266
7. Tommy Ostgaard – 243
8. Jeff Giassi – 239
9. Mack Bakkum – 224
10. Jamie Fluke – 187
22. Josh Anderson – 110
25. Jarrad Filsell – 77