In 2021, we will once again be asking: who will win the PESC? As in the previous season, the possible contenders will be the world's most talented simracers. However, it's not only well-known racers that guarantee spectacular motorsport action, but also the choice of tracks. Heated duels under the São Paulo sun. Out of the slipstream through the Eau Rouge. And full throttle through the Eifel – even if we can only imagine what we can expect on the virtual tarmac, we can already take a look at the promising 2021 PESC venues.
From São Paulo to the Royal Park – the circuits of the 2021 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.
Between lakes – Interlagos.
For the first time, race #1 of the PESC will take place at Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo. Most people know this circuit as Interlagos. Literally translated, it means 'between lakes', which is a perfectly accurate description of this race track in the Brazilian metropolis. The circuit is located in the middle of the city's Parelheiros district, between two large reservoirs, and has been a popular motorsport venue since 1940.
Spain's motorsport arena – Barcelona.
In 2021, the PESC will again stop off in Barcelona. It is important to find your rhythm at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. It remains to be seen whether Michael Ammermüller's best pole time of 1:47.252 minutes in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup can be broken on the virtual tarmac. Equal opportunities are definitely given in the choice of vehicle. Because just like Ammermüller, the simracers will be sitting in the cockpit of the 911 GT3 Cup. We are excited to see what surprises this demanding circuit has in store for us in 2021.
The Italian Ring – Imola.
The Imola race track, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, has long been known as the Italian Nürburgring. Due in part to its Tamburello corner. Speeds of up to 300km/h used to be possible in this left-hand bend. In 2006, however, the course was adapted and the high-speed corner tightened. Nevertheless, the Imola circuit continues to be one of the toughest in the world.
The stage for true pioneering spirit – Silverstone.
We will again be following in the footsteps of champions. Or to put it another way – in their tyre tracks. The first Formula 1 World Championship race took place at the Silverstone circuit in 1950. Exactly 70 years later, the world's best simracers competed here for the 2020 PESC World Championship title. And this race track will also be an important stage next season.
Feels like home – Road Atlanta.
The Road Atlanta circuit has been closely linked to the history of Porsche from the very beginning. Tony Dean won the first motorsport event on this track – a 300-kilometre Can-Am race – in a Porsche 908/02. Since then, the course in Georgia (USA) has become a firm fixture of our racing calendar. Who will best conquer its 12 curves in the 2021 season?
Welcome to Québec – Montreal.
Named after the Canadian racing driver, Gilles Villeneuve, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be a key venue for the PESC World Championship title in the 2021 season. The 'Wall of Champions' at the end of the final chicane before the start/finish straight is notorious: this is where the Formula 1 world champions, Schumacher, Hill and Villeneuve crashed, giving it its memorable nickname. We are excited to see which simracer can withstand the wall.
The roller coaster – Spa-Francorchamps.
There is a very good reason why the Spa-Francorchamps race track is nicknamed the 'Ardennes roller coaster'. Its many ups & downs as well as numerous chicanes make this circuit a real challenge for every racing driver. The course is particularly notorious for the Eau Rouge – a treacherous combination of corners that demands the skill of the drivers. A perfect showcase on the road to the PESC finale.
Full throttle through the Green Hell – Nürburgring Nordschleife.
When we talk about demanding race tracks, one circuit immediately springs to mind: Nürburgring. The course is known as the Green Hell, among other things. Green? The Eifel's lush green forests clearly contribute to this nickname. While the drivers go through hell in its various chicanes, such as Fuchsröhre and Schwalbenschwanz. We are already looking forward to the Ring.
Motorsport par excellence – Le Mans.
Le Mans. Porsche. These words make every genuine motorsport fan go weak at the knees. So it is no surprise that the PESC will once again take us to Circuit de la Sarthe next season. The simracers will have 13.6 kilometres per lap on which they can demonstrate their skills. The 19 overall victories of the Porsche Motorsport works team show that anything can be achieved with a Porsche at Le Mans.
The coronation at the Royal Park – Monza.
As in previous seasons, the finale of the 2021 PESC will take place at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. This race track is located in the Italian city's Royal Park, thereby making it the perfect showcase for the prize-giving ceremony. But before that, the simracers will have another chance to give their all again over the almost 6 kilometres circuit, in order to gain their final decisive points.