The Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team strives for consistency in this ever-changing sim racing world. Following the departure of former Porsche Esports works driver Tommy Østgaard at the turn of the year, the team changed its line-up – already with the outlook of the new ESL R1 racing series. Dayne Warren from Australia jumped on board. Sim racing fans probably know him and his teammates Charlie Collins (UK) and Zac Campbell (USA), best from the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. The latter two will be promoted to the status of Support Drivers for the team, working as the test- and development drivers in the background. Team Principal Philip Stamm heads the operation from the sporting side of things. But first things first, here's the line-up in greater detail:
New racing series, familiar faces. The Porsche Coanda Line-Up for ESL R1.
Mitchell deJong. Porsche 911 GT3 R #48.
You would have to search for a long time to find a driver that is as versatile as Mitchell deJong. Gold medalist at the X Games in real-life rallycross. World champion in virtual rallycross. Multiple finalist in the eNASCAR series. Overall runner-up at the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. Numerous wins in endurance races and, last but not least overall champion of the Le Mans Virtual Series 22/23. Yes, Mitchell is versatile, talented and, most importantly, really fast. No matter which track, car or simulation, the American driver has to be on everyone's list for the win. In the end, he also heads up to leave his mark in ESL R1.
Mack Bakkum. Porsche 911 GT3 R #16.
His iron discipline on the virtual race track and for the rest of his life make Mack Bakkum stand out. Before he gets into the simulator, Mack Bakkum jumps into the pool for some laps, cycles for a couple of hours, or runs a half-marathon distance for fun. When everyone's day is over by then, the day actually starts for our Dutch powerhouse. As a long-time member of Coanda Esports, he has been involved in the Gaming House and the Coanda Esports Hub from the beginning. In last year's final Le Mans Virtual Series race, Mack Bakkum drove the Porsche Coanda LMP2 #23 car over the finish line to celebrate the team's double victory. He's eager to repeat that in the new ESL R1 racing series.
Dayne Warren. Porsche 911 GT3 R #57.
Dayne Warren officially joined the Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team at the start of the year. This promotion from the Coanda Esports driver pool was followed by a baptism of fire: the virtual 24 hours of Le Mans. He could only be stopped by server problems during the 24 hours classic. Dayne Warren is not an unknown in the sim racing and Esports community. He did not only create some stir in the Australian Supercar series but also in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. From the latter, he took his #57 to the next challenge, the ESL R1. He plans to continue where he belongs: at the front.
Joshua Rogers. Porsche 911 GT3 R #92.
It must be 'fast' if you had to describe Joshua Rogers with only one word. Damn fast, to be precise. The Australian driver, who has lived at the Coanda Esports headquarters in Gronau for over three years, is one of the fastest sim racers. No matter if he's to start a qualifying lap for Le Mans or a race in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esport Supercup. Joshua Rogers had two titles in the latter to his name before he was promoted to compete as Porsche Esports works driver. Another impressive personal record is his streak of wins on different platforms: he managed to clinch at least one victory on every platform he ever competed on. Rennsport and ESL R1 will be a start into a new chapter where he's out on the hunt to continue his personal streak.
Charlie Collins und Zac Campbell.
The Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team's strength is to 100% rely on your teammate. Charlie Collins from Great Britain and Zac Campbell from the USA are quick as lightning on every track and irreplaceable for the team in terms of the development and testing of race strategies. Whenever a driver drops out, one of those two will jump into the car to chase for the top position. Both racers earned their stripes in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, where Charlie Collins claimed third position in his rookie season. Last year, Zac Campbell finished fourth overall. With the two drivers as reserves, the Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team has two aces up its sleeve.
Philip Stamm. Team Principal Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team
A veteran of the sim racing world. Philip Stamm does not only add the necessary experience but also the respective passion for motorsport. Since the founding of Coanda Simsport in 2014, he has been the driving force behind the team. The partnership and the appointment as a works team must be credited to the Team Principal. He's been at the forefront of professionalizing the sim racing industry ever since. Participating at ESL R1 leads the Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team and the whole community in this direction.