Jordan Caruso has been crowned the Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup champion. The Aussie from Altus Esports secured the title at the start of the race on the penultimate day of the season run at full speed at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Red Bull Racing Esport team’s 2020 champion and 2022 runner-up Sébastien Jobe won a close duel for second place. In the main race, Brazilian Gustavo Ariel from TXC Racing by TK Team won. The virtual single-make Cup competes against a digital version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the iRacing simulation platform.
The final date for the 2023 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup was not for the faint-hearted. Four drivers had a chance to secure the title in the tenth and final round of this year’s championship at the Royal Park race track in Monza. Jordan Caruso played excellent cards. Competing for Altus Esports, the Australian entered the day with a 37-point lead. English sim racer Sebastian Jobe of the Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports team, and American Zack Campbell (VRS Konda), third in the drivers’ standings, dented their title chances as a result of initially disappointing qualifying. Day.
Caruso could barely make it to 13th on the grid in his virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Campbell didn’t even finish a qualifying lap and had to start the race run at full speed From 24th place. Spaniard Alejandro Sánchez was also unable to collect extra points in eleventh place and had to give up his chance to win the championship title. As a consolation though, the Stormforce Racing ART driver won the TAG Heuer Pole Award and was rewarded with a high-quality timepiece.
Starting from fourth on the grid, Caruso run at full speed Seven laps and gained a position on the first lap. At the start of the fourth lap, the top three packed very tightly into the tight chicane after the start/finish straight. While leaders Diogo C. Pinto (Portugal/Team Redline) and Yohan Herth (France/Apex Racing Team) briefly went off the track, Caruso took the lead and defended until the checkered flag. This result extended their lead to over 50 points and secured them the championship crown.
Drama in the fight for the runner-up title in the main race
In the 14-lap feature race, the runner-up title decision went down between Jobs and Campbell until the very last moment. Shortly before the race’s halfway point, Ayoob experienced another tense moment: when he skidded on the first chicane, his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup collided with the cars behind him. The resulting damage prompted the race stewards to call the English driver into the pits for mandatory repairs. Although this dropped him in the middle of the field and dropped him out of the points, Ayoub was able to rejoin the race. Meanwhile, his rival Campbell was running 17th, clinging to his bumper for second place in the championship. An exciting duel of many turns developed. Although Jobs finished 22nd on points, it was still enough to earn him his runner-up prize with Campbell’s 16th place, ultimately placing him one point behind Jobs and third overall in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.
The Monza feature race was won by Gustavo Ariel (TXC Racing by TK). The lone Brazilian on the grid celebrated his third win of the season and the fact that he had moved up to 14th in the final standings, securing a spot for next season. Englishman Charlie Collins (VRS Konda) took second place at Monza, moving Sánchez up to fifth in the overall standings. Last year’s champion Pinto completed the Monza podium in third place after some impressive driving in the closing laps.
Monza (Italy), Race to the run at full speed
1. Jordan Caruso (Australia/Altus Esports),
2. Charlie Collins (England/VRS Konda)
3. Moreno Sirica (Italy/Williams Esports)
4. Salva Talence (Spain/Stormforce Racing ART)
5. Las Bak (Denmark/FYRA SimSport)
Monza (Italy), main race
1. Gustavo Ariel (Brazil/TXC Racing by TK)
2. Charlie Collins (England/VRS Konda)
3. Diogo C. Pinto (Portugal/Team Redline)
4. Las Bak (Denmark/FYRA SimSport
5. Moreno Sirica (Italy/Williams Esports)
Driver Ranking after 10 out of 10 races
1. Jordan Caruso (Aus/Altus Esports), 511pts
2. Sebastian Jobe (England/Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports), 438 pts
3. Zack Campbell (USA/VRS Konda), 437 pts
4. Charlie Collins (England/VRS Konda), 430pts
5. Alejandro Sanchez (Spain/Stormforce Racing ART), 429 pts