WORDS: Ryan Jones
This past weekend saw an Australian assault on two fronts in iRacing World Championship competition with Joshua Rogers, Josh Anderson, Dayne Warren and Jarrad Filsell resuming their Porsche eSports Supercup season’s and Beau Albert beginning his iRacing Rallycross World Championship campaign.
Porsche eSports Supercup:
In PESC it was a trip to Le Mans, a replacement round for a missed visit earlier in the year, and an Australian (and Coanda Simsport) 1-2 in qualifying with Rogers leading Warren. Anderson and Filsell were 20th and 29th respectively.
Lap one in the sprint race at the 13km circuit was predictably tricky, especially on the slipstream heavy Mulsanne Straight, and Rogers found himself fending off charges from a number of drivers in eighth and remained behind Warren who sat seventh. Joshua Anderson was spun around early in lap two in what has quickly become a season to forget for the Vendaval driver. Warren will also be hoping to forget the second lap, as he picked up a slow-down penalty and fell to 15th.
Come the fall of the chequered flag it was second place and a front row start for Race 2 secured by Josh Rogers. Warren was able to capitalise on last lap chaos and recovered to ninth while Jarrad Filsell finished 22nd and Anderson 28th.
Rogers quickly pounced and led lap one of the feature race, Warren also picked up a spot while Anderson and Filsell held their ground. Heading to Le Mans it was an 84-point lead for Sebastian Job in the standings over Rogers, with 86 required leaving the round to seal the championship. By the beginning of the feature the points lead had been reduced to 80 points, finishing ahead of Job was crucial for the Coanda man.
The two series protagonists locked themselves in combat for the race lead all the way from the end of lap one to the chequered flag but it was Rogers victorious again. Warren meanwhile exhibited some top tier race craft as he elevated himself to a fourth-place finish at the line. Anderson ended up gaining four spots from his starting spot to finish 18th and Filsell was 27th.
The series wraps up next time out at Monza on October 10, with 85 points available and Job holding a 75 point lead it will take nothing short of a miracle for Josh Rogers to steal back-to-back titles…but in sim racing we have learnt to expect the unexpected, nothing is ever certain.
Porsche eSports Supercup Points
- Sebastian Job – 590
- Josh Rogers – 519
- Alejandro Sanchez – 432
- Kevin Ellis Jr – 361
- Maximilian Benecke – 531
- Dayne Warren – 323
- Tommy Ostgaard – 260
- Mack Bakkum – 249
- Jeff Giassi – 239
- Graham Carroll – 237
iRacing Rallycross World Championship:
The iRacing Rallycross World Championship kicked off for 2020 in the wee hours of Sunday morning, at the Hell Lankebanen circuit.
Beau Albert is the sole representative for Australia in this series and he began his campaign in heat four, starting from fourth. A strong opening lap vaulted Albert into second where he remained for all five laps of the heat, which booked a transfer spot into the feature race.
The feature was a 10-lap race, with one joker lap required and Albert started from eighth position. Lap one was extremely impressive as the Andretti Autosport driver sliced through the field into third, which then became second when DeJong dived to the joker. Albert was one of three drivers who took the Joker on the final lap of the race however it was only himself and Lamminsivu who emerged ahead and still in second and first respectively. Unfortunately, a nudge from DeJong pushed Albert into the fence and relegated the Australian to a fifth place finish.
The second round of the championship takes place on the 10th of October at the longest of Daytona’s two rallycross circuits.