Who will be the inaugural Porsche Esports Supercup champion?
Shares of $100,000 are on the line—including a cool $25,000 for the winner—as the series wraps up its inaugural season at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Saturday. Four of the world’s best drivers enter the event with a mathematical shot at the crown, each hoping to outdo their opponents and earn the lion’s share of 160 points on the way to the championship. But only one will make the trip to Stuttgart this December to be honored by Porsche as an official champion.
Coanda Simsport’s Josh Rogers is the odds-on favorite and incoming championship leader. The Australian is in the midst of a career year on iRacing, having already swept the six-race VRS GT iRacing World Championship and kicking off the Gfinity Supercars Eseries season with a podium for Walkinshaw Andretti United. The lone three-time winner this season has collected $3,800 in race winnings and holds a 34-point lead coming into the finale.
Pure Racing Team’s Maximilian Benecke trails Rogers in second, and the German standout would like nothing more than to keep the inaugural series title in his home country. Benecke has four podiums in the last six events, the best mark of any of the remaining title-eligible drivers, including a victory in the halfway round of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He dodged the trouble that dogged Rogers at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to set himself up for a chance at the title at Monza.
But it’s Red Bull Racing Esports’ Sebastian Job who may be entering the weekend with momentum on his side. With wins in two of the last three races, including the most recent one at Laguna Seca two weekends ago, he’s been peaking at the right time. Job’s $2,600 earned so far puts him second on the money winner list coming into the championship event.
Finally, Rogers’ teammate Mitchell deJong is the lone American in the championship hunt. deJong had three podiums in the first five races of the season, and added a fourth at the Nurburgring two rounds ago, but has slipped from the second spot he held for much of the season thanks to Benecke and Job stepping up their performances. Although he’s a past rallycross champion—both on iRacing and in the real world—deJong has driven a series of calculated events so far; will we see that trademark rallycross-style aggression in the season finale?
The Porsche Esports Supercup season finale from Autodromo Internazionale Monza begins on Saturday at 10AM ET. As always, the action can be streamed live on the iRacing eSports Network on Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube.