Job and Harth win in Le Mans
Sebastian Job comes through to win the sprint race
At the start of the three lap long sprint race, Pinto was able to get a good launch and create a bit of a gap while those behind him where busy battling each other for position in the first few corners. This advantage was not to last though. By the time the cars were approaching Mulsanne for the first time, the powerful draft had enabled Pinto’s opponents to be right back with him, despite the continued fights for position. Alejandro Sánchez made the first move, passing Sebastian Job for second place under braking for Mulsanne corner. The Brit wasn’t willing to play the long game in such a short race and proceeded to not only get his position back, but overtook both Sánchez and Pinto around the outside on the entry to Indianapolis to take the race lead.
Following Job’s pass, he held the lead throughout lap two and the opening half of lap three until Diogo C. Pinto briefly retook the lead in a maneuver very similar to that of Job. It was not to last though as Job and Pinto kept on battling, running side-by-side from the exit of Arnage to the Porsche Curves, the 2020 champion ultimately managing to come out on top and winning the race less than half a second ahead of the Portuguese with Alejandro Sánchez completing the podium a few car lengths behind him. Yohann Harth (F/Stormforce Racing ART) came home in eighth and as a result was to start from pole position in the six lap long main race.
First PESC victory for Yohann Harth in the main race
Overall, it was a somewhat messy opening lap, the first real bit of drama outside of the many slipstream battles which resumed at the head of the field by lap two of the race. Yohann Harth showed once more that the outside line on the entry to Indianapolis was a great spot for overtaking, passing Bico there to take the lead on lap two. At the beginning of lap three, Caruso had to give up third place to Charlie Collins (GB/VRS Coanda) under braking for the first chicane on the Hunaudières straight. The battle for the lead never let up though as Harth and Bico kept switching positions, sometimes multiple times per lap. Their squabbling kept pulling more and more cars into the battle from the following pack, making the battle even more heated.
For Jordan Caruso, things couldn’t have gone much worse. First an incident on the penultimate lap left him dropping from fourth to eighth before an overly eager Mathias Stokbæk Jensen (DK/FYRA SimSport) hit him from behind on the entry of the Porsche Curves on the final lap. With no room to save his car, Caruso hit the wall hard, with the Australian only being classified twenty-fifth in a meeting which he could feasibly have left with an insurmountable points lead. At the front of the field, Yohann Harth played a blinder, with him and Alejandro Sánchez having worked together to come out on top as the field was approaching Arnage for the final time. It was Harth who crossed the line first in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, taking his first victory in the virtual one-make cup in the process, just a few car lengths ahead of his team mate. In the fight for third, Charlie Collins came out on top. Biggest mover of the main race was Kevin Nielsen (DK/FYRA SimSport) in tenth position, who gained fifteen positions during the six racing laps.
Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier and Casey Kirwan top the All-Star-Series podiums
Before the drivers of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup were let loose on the 13.626 km long circuit, the content creators of the All-Star-Series ran their two races. There could hardly have been a more fitting track than Le Mans for their final event using the Porsche 911 RSR, where the car scored many of its biggest race victories in the venue’s annual twenty-four hour race.
Qualifying threw up an unusual result with Casey Kirwan only lining up in eleventh, the front row being occupied by Pablo “ThePulpoLopez” López and Lyubov “LoveFortySix” Ozeretskovskaya instead. At the start of the five lap long sprint race, López got a decent start and kept the race lead. Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier got the best launch of all, taking over the runner-up spot on the way to the Dunlop chicane. The duo were fighting it out for the race win until the final lap of the race when Meier managed to fend off López’s final attack in Indianapolis, albeit not completely without making contact. In the end, Meier crossed the line in first place, López in second with the podium being completed by Dave “DaveCam” Cameron in third.