It was all Red Bull Racing Esports in the season opener of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup on Saturday, as a trio of the team’s drivers found themselves up front in the 2020 season opener from Circuit Park Zandvoort. Patrik Holzmann landed on the first spot on the front row through qualifying, while Graham Carroll won the opening sprint race and Sebastian Job took the checkered flag in the 30-minute feature.

The first race of a radically redesigned 2020 series calendar, Zandvoort ushered in a new era for the series, featuring an expanded prize pool, new sponsorship, and a host of talented newcomers behind the wheel that would challenge returning drivers like Job, Carroll, Mitchell deJong, Max Benecke, and defending series champion Joshua Rogers. Rogers and Jeff Giassi, the top driver to advance from this year’s qualifying series, would qualify first and second, though the eight-car inversion would advance Holzmann to the top spot.

Holzmann suffered immediate issues off of the start, but Carroll took over immediately and led all 10 laps in the sprint race and beat Tommy Ostgaard to the line. In the feature, Ostgaard finally wrestled the top spot away from Carroll on Lap 2, but it was Job who put the team back in front for good on Lap 11. Carroll would fight his way back to second, while Rogers would complete the podium ahead of Ostgaard and series newcomer Brian Lockwood.

The action opened with the Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge, as Simone Maria Marceno topped the drivers who earned the right to race in the Super Session preceding the main show. Zandvoort was also the home event for Max Verstappen, the real-world Red Bull Racing Formula 1 star who will contest the series this year after qualifying for the championship with Team Redline. Verstappen finished midpack in the sprint race before clawing his way to a respectable 11th in the feature round.

Results from Saturday’s Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup feature at Circuit Park Zandvoort were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Driver

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

Pts.

1 5 22 Sebastian Job 19 0 9 1:37.088 72
2 1 21 Graham Carroll 19 -2.227 1 1:37.325 70
3 4 92 Joshua K Rogers 19 -2.93 0 1:37.246 68
4 2 58 Tommy Østgaard 19 -4.194 9 1:37.034 59
5 3 43 Brian Lockwood 19 -4.451 0 1:37.317 56
6 9 49 Jamie Fluke 19 -6.814 0 1:37.335 43
7 7 57 Dayne Warren 19 -7.324 0 1:37.342 46
8 8 47 Alejandro Sánchez 19 -7.827 0 1:37.323 39
9 12 16 Mack Bakkum 19 -8.227 0 1:37.370 33
10 13 23 Aleksi Uusi-Jaakkola 19 -9.013 0 1:37.426 30
11 21 69 Max Verstappen 19 -11.237 0 1:37.271 20
12 16 211 Thibault Cazaubon 19 -12.092 0 1:37.411 23
13 14 3 Sindre Setsaas 19 -12.516 0 1:37.345 23
14 17 66 Greger Huttu 19 -12.821 0 1:37.240 18
15 18 24 Mitchell deJong 19 -15.591 0 1:37.377 15
16 22 12 Marcus Jensen 19 -16.487 0 1:37.495 10
17 28 98 Kevin Ellis Jr 19 -16.69 0 1:37.387 9
18 31 10 Jack Sedgwick 19 -18.582 0 1:37.521 8
19 20 77 Valtteri Alander 19 -20.703 0 1:37.446 8
20 11 5 Martin Krönke 19 -21.208 0 1:37.456 16
21 30 28 Alexander Thiebe 19 -21.695 0 1:37.342 5
22 35 36 Joshua W Anderson 19 -24.487 0 1:37.633 4
23 27 2 Jeremy Bouteloup 19 -24.769 0 1:37.556 3
24 26 42 Matti Kaidesoja 19 -25.074 0 1:37.275 2
25 39 107 Tuomas Tähtelä 19 -25.645 0 1:37.534 1
26 38 14 Marc Perez 19 -28.046 0 1:37.554 0
27 37 11 Maximilian Benecke 19 -28.813 0 1:37.455 0
28 40 4 Marin S Colak 19 -34.41 0 1:37.486 0
29 33 29 Carl E Jansson 19 -36.004 0 1:37.925 0
30 15 110 Christopher Dambietz 17 -2 L 0 1:37.410 6
31 6 7 Jeff Giassi 15 -4 L 0 1:37.307 23
32 25 83 Bobby Zalenski 14 -5 L 0 1:38.003 0
33 32 71 Jonas Wallmeier 7 -12 L 0 1:40.241 0
34 29 94 Jarrad Filsell 6 -13 L 0 1:38.389 0
35 24 70 Gianni Vecchio 5 -14 L 0 1:37.651 0
36 23 31 David Williams 3 -16 L 0 1:45.414 0
37 19 18 Antoine Higelin 1 -18 L 0 2
38 10 33 Ricardo Castro Ledo 1 -18 L 0 11
39 36 27 Patrik Holzmann 1 -18 L 0 0
40 34 90 Yohann Harth 0 -19 L 0 0

 

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup continues a busy month of May with events at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 9 and Donington on May 23. Races will stream at 14:00 GMT (10AM ET) on the iRacing eSports Network. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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