The esports world perked up when Porsche and iRacing announced the Porsche Esports Supercup, the first virtual one-make cup. With its label “Supercup” it implies the highest possible cup category. And it emphasizes the international relevance of this new online race series.
Porsche Esports Supercup. The next level of motorsports.
After successfully passing the qualifying phase, 40 sim racers will continue to 10 main races. These will take place over the course of 5 months against the backdrop of reknown race circuits. The winner will be taking home the $100,000 prize pool. But until then, participants have to pass 3 phases within each event: the qualifying, a 15-minute sprint and a 30-minute main race. To create additional tension, the top 8 drivers from qualifying will start the sprint in reverse order. The result of the sprint race determines the starting grid of the main race. Championship points are awarded for qualifying, sprint and main race.
The premiere of the Porsche Esports Supercup was a complete success for all those involved. Australian Joshua Rogers won the first race set in Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on April 13. After a close main race, Rogers was happy about the first victory of the new race series. “What a race!” he said enthusiastically after the finish.
The next race followed on April 27 on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Ohio. The exciting race shone with numerous highlights and some accidents in the fiercly contested main field. In the end, German Martin Krönke of Team VRS Coanda Simsport took the lead and won the main race after already winning the sprint.
There’s no doubt that the Porsche Esports Supercup deserves real motorsport backdrops. From April to September the sim racers will be battling for points. Beside the Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps on May 11, the race calendar features highlights such as the Watkins Glen International on June 29, Silverstone on July 13 and the Nürburgring on July 29. The final race will take place in the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza on September 28. The entire race calendar can be found on https://www.iracing.com/porsche-esports-supercup-schedule/.
With its high-level participants, the Porsche Esports Supercup is bound to be an international top event. Participating teams, like VRS Coanda, field 11 drivers from 10 different nations. Among them: 3-time iRacing world champion Martin Krönke and iRacing Rallycross champion Mitchell de Jong. Meanwhile, Team Redline features the infamous 5-time iRacing championship winner Gregor Huttu.
Porsche’s heart beats for motorsport. So it’s no surprise that the winner of the Porsche Esports Supercup will be awarded alongside race drivers from the real world during this year’s “Night of the Champions”. This makes Porsche the only manufacturer to honor virtual and real race drivers side-by-side, once again proving their sense for the innovative.