Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Preview: Monza

The second season of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup concludes this Saturday, with the world’s top iRacers set to take on the iconic Autodromo Nazionale Monza in the final race of the 10-event championship. Incoming points leader Sebastian Job of Red Bull Racing Esports and defending series champion Joshua Rogers of VRS Coanda Simsport enter the event as the only drivers with a mathematical shot at the championship, and the largest portion of the series’ record-setting $200,000 championship prize pool.

After an exciting debut season last year, the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup doubled its prize pool for 2020, and added new events at some of the world’s most legendary road racing circuits. Job scored victories at Circuit Park Zandvoort, Donington Park, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, and the Nurburgring Nordschleife, while Rogers bolstered his title defense with wins at Road Atlanta, Brands Hatch, and Circuit de la Sarthe. Series veterans Maximilian Benecke (Barcelona) and Alejandro Sanchez (Silverstone) have given the series four winners thus far, and both have taken those victories to top-five spots in series points entering the finale.

But the finale won’t just determine a series champion—it’ll also allow the top 20 drivers in series points to secure their licenses for the 2021 campaign, which kicks off in January. The spread between 20th place Patrik Holzmann and 21st place Brian Lockwood is just three points, while Alexander Thiebe, Joshua Anderson, and Tuomas Tahtela also have outside shots of cracking the top 20 with strong results. Deficits can be erased in the series in the span of a day, though: just ask Mitchell deJong, whose podium finish in the series’ most recent race at Le Mans rocketed him up the standings from below the cut line to 11th place, likely well within the safe zone to rejoin the series next year.

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup finale will also be joined by the final Super Session of the season for the Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge, a support event featuring the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport that directly precedes its Supercup counterpart. Nearly 1600 drivers have tried to earn the opportunity to compete in these Super Sessions so far in 2020, with nine different race winners in 10 events thus far. The series features its own $25,000 prize pool, headlined by $500 to each Super Session winner and $2,400 to the driver who scores the most points in Super Sessions.

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup finale from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza will stream live on Saturday, October 10. The stream will kick off at 9AM ET (13:00 GMT) with the Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge before transitioning to the main event at 10AM ET. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.