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Much like Mitchell deJong did last year, Dayne Warren scored a breakthrough first career Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature win on Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, leading all 20 laps of the event and holding off Salva Talens in the chase to the checkers. The Australian’s victory made him the sixth different main event winner in iRacing’s premier road racing championship in six events, and also marked a massive rebound after a last-place finish in the feature two weeks ago at the Red Bull Ring.
Diogo Pinto was third, continuing the run of consistency that has given him the championship lead for most of the season, while Max Benecke and Kevin Ellis Jr. completed the top five and sprint race winner Zac Campbell was sixth. The top eight finishers in the sprint race all retained a top-eight spot in the feature despite their inversion, and as a group were more than three seconds clear of ninth place finisher Peter Berryman.
Despite no feature wins and a pair of incident-related points penalties so far this season, Pinto’s points lead over Barcelona winner Ellis sits at a healthy 21 after the Montreal event. Red Bull Ring winner Sebastian Job is third at 29 points back, while Interlagos winner Campbell and Charlie Collins complete the top five. Warren’s victory enabled him to climb to eighth in the championship standings with just four rounds remaining.
In the All-Star races that precede each Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup event, Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier continues to dominate, leading all 10 laps of the sprint race and going from last to first in the 16-lap feature in his Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Meier’s championship lead over Emily “Emree” Jones is now up to 45 points through the first six events. Borja Zazo, who sits one point behind Jones for second in the standings, and Mathieu Wacker completed the feature podium.
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature results from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve were as follows:
|3||3||44||Diogo C. Pinto||20||-0.737||0||1:36.007||55|
|5||7||98||Kevin Ellis Jr||20||-2.314||0||1:35.927||64|
|27||29||10||Jack Sedgwick||11||-9 L||0||1:37.229||0|
|28||23||97||Tuomas Tähtelä||5||-15 L||0||0|
|29||19||7||Jeff Giassi||3||-17 L||0||2|
|30||28||17||Matti Sipilä||2||-18 L||0||0|
|31||21||37||Cooper Webster||1||-19 L||0||0|
|32||30||95||Kamil Grabowski||1||-19 L||0||0|
|33||22||16||Alexander Wolters||0||-20 L||0||0|
|34||24||28||Sam Kuitert||0||-20 L||0||0|
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points through six rounds are as follows:
- Diogo Pinto, 320
- Kevin Ellis Jr., 299
- Sebastian Job, 291
- Zac Campbell, 275
- Charlie Collins, 234
- Max Benecke, 209
- Jamie Fluke, 207
- Dayne Waren, 181
- Jeremy Bouteloup, 171
- Cooper Webster, 164
The 2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season continues on April 23 at the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, where Job led nine laps and held off Alejandro Sanchez for the feature victory last March. As always, the action kicks off at 1:30PM ET with All-Star competition, before the Supercup goes green at 3PM ET, and all the action streams live at twitch.tv/iracing. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.