May 9th, 2022 by Chris Leone
Images via Porsche Motorsport
Charlie Collins was the beneficiary after some intense drama charging to the finish on Saturday, scoring the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature win after four grueling laps of action at the famed Nurburgring. Making the pass after leader Kevin Ellis Jr. and Dayne Warren made contact in the closing corners, Collins held off Maximilian Benecke by just .128 seconds to take the main event victory on the Gesamtstrecke, which combines the circuit’s modern GP-Strecke with the legendary and challenging Nordschleife.
As is so often the case, Sebastian Job took the sprint victory, but this one came a bit less predictably; he’d make a last lap pass of his own on polesitter and incoming points leader Diogo Pinto on the Dottinger Hohe straightaway to foreshadow how the sprint race would later go. While Job himself would take a DNF after an early collision in the main event, the rest of the field would emulate his maneuvers, with passes down the immense straightaway the order of the day.
Ellis and Warren would headline a group of six drivers going for the win on the final lap, with the former weaving as best as he could to try and break the draft of Warren and the rest of those behind him. Warren and Collins would take Ellis three-wide first, while Benecke would soon follow as Collins would nose ahead. Multiple drivers would get loose charging into the next corners, with Warren eventually clipping the grass to wind up in a full spin that collected Ellis behind him. From there it was a one-on-one fight, with Collins managing to hang on.
Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier and Marco “MabixTV” Bischoff would split the victories in the All-Star action, which featured the Porsche 911 GT3 R for the Nurburgring. That duo would get past eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series standout Casey Kirwan on the final lap of the sprint race, while all three would renew pleasantries in the feature on—where else—Dottinger Hohe. Both Kirwan and Meier would get past Bischoff in the slipstream, but after contact of their own while going for the checkered flag, Bischoff would avoid getting caught up in the mess and take the main event. Kirwan would recover for second, while Meier extended his points lead in third.
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature results from the Nurburgring were as follows:
|3||7||44||Diogo C. Pinto||4||-2.246||0||72|
|5||2||98||Kevin Ellis Jr||4||-3.477||2||8:14.445||48|
|25||14||70||Gianni Vecchio||2||-2 L||0||8|
|26||8||22||Sebastian Job||2||-2 L||0||31|
|27||24||28||Sam Kuitert||1||-3 L||0||0|
|28||13||78||Alessandro Bico||1||-3 L||0||8|
|29||17||17||Matti Sipilä||0||-4 L||0||4|
|30||22||51||Josh Thompson||0||-4 L||0||0|
|31||31||10||Jack Sedgwick||0||-4 L||0||0|
|32||32||16||Alexander Wolters||0||-4 L||0||0|
|33||33||50||Peter Berryman||0||-4 L||0||0|
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup points through eight rounds are as follows:
- Diogo Pinto, 443
- Kevin Ellis Jr., 407
- Zac Campbell, 380
- Sebastian Job, 379
- Charlie Collins, 334
- Maximilian Benecke, 289
- Jamie Fluke, 281
- Cooper Webster, 272
- Jeremy Bouteloup, 247
- Alejandro Sanchez, 209
The penultimate round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup takes drivers to the Circuit des 24 Heures Du Mans in two weeks’ time, where Joshua Rogers scored both the sprint and feature wins on the way to his 2021 series championship. 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.