The new season of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup starts with a brilliant first day of racing - and the hunt for the $200,000 prize money is on. The drivers of Red Bull Racing Esports showed right at the start of the new season that they are aiming for the top of podium. Driver #21 Graham Carroll wins the 15-minute sprint race and is only beaten by his team mate #22 Sebastian Job in the main race. Last year‘s overall top 3 finisher Sebastian Job demonstrated his ambitions for the first place at the media- and test days at the end of March.
Red Bull Racing Esports gets the job done.
Full throttle from the very beginning.
The 40 drivers with their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup models pushed themselves to the limit. From the first second on there was only one direction: forward at full throttle. After a spectacular qualifying, the top 8 drivers started the first race in reverse order; and that initial bend of the 15-minute sprint race was a tough one. Red Bull Racing Esports driver Graham Carroll survived this action-packed first phase unscathed and kept the competition at bay for the entire duration of the race.
The finest of simracing.
Immediately after the sprint race, the drivers started again with the 30-minute main race. Although Tommy Østgaard was able to take the lead from Carroll in the first corner of the second lap, it was his team mate Sebastian Job who set the pace in this race. With a spectacular overtaking manoeuvre, the reigning champion Joshua Rogers was passed. Sebastian Job took went on to take lead and defended it until the finish line.
But it wasn't only at the top of the driver field that things were hotting up: Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen, who is competing for Team Redline Fanatec, also proved his racing prowess on the virtual race track in his home country. After half an hour of simracing, he only just barely missed the top 10 and took 11th place.
Back to back racing. We are pumped for Barcelona.
Race #2 of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup will take place on Saturday, 9 May in Barcelona. Will the Red Bull Racing Esports drivers outperform the competition here too? We are curious. The race will be shown live on the Porsche YouTube channel.