Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Preview: Brands Hatch

With half the season in the books, the chase for glory in the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup only stands to heat up from here, as drivers battle for both their share of a $200,000 championship purse and to retain their licenses for next season. Saturday’s round from Brands Hatch continues the series’ tour of some of Europe’s most significant road courses, and with two of last year’s front-runners joined by a breakout star at the top of the points table, where the season goes from here is anyone’s guess.

Red Bull Racing Esports’ Sebastian Job tops the standings with 290 points at the halfway mark of the season thanks to a series of strong runs. He’s on a three-race podium streak in the feature races, dating back to his victory at Donington Park at the end of May, and is the only driver with multiple race wins so far this season after also taking the opener at Circuit Park Zandvoort. Only an incident in the sprint race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya that put him at the back of the grid for the feature stood between him and a perfect five-for-five podium run to start the year.

Job’s closest competition is the series’ defending champion, as well as its most recent race winner. VRS Coanda Simsport’s Joshua Rogers is 18 points out of the championship lead, in part because of similar troubles in Barcelona and in part because he’s had a harder time passing cars after the eight-car inversion at the front of the grid from the qualifying results. Rogers has been the fastest qualifier in every race of the season so far, but it took until two weeks ago at Road Atlanta for him to finally return to the top step of the podium.

Third place, meanwhile, is the breakout driver of the 2020 campaign. Alejandro Sanchez was a part of the series last year, but with a 15th place points finish and just one result in the top five, wasn’t expected to be fighting for the title. But the Spanish driver surprised with his first career podium at Donington, and backed it up with a win over Maximilian Benecke at Silverstone—on the same day that Benecke cracked the 11,000 iRating mark, no less. Like Job, he carries podium placements in the past three races into Brands Hatch.

Supporting the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup as always will be the Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge, as 30 drivers take on the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in a Super Session before the Supercup race. Moreno Sirica was the big winner at Road Atlanta, and as the only driver to win two Super Sessions so far in 2020, also leads the championship standings. The Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge champion takes home a $2,400 prize, while Super Session race winners earn $500.

Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup action from Brands Hatch will air on Saturday at 10AM ET on the iRacing Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.