April 9th, 2021 by Chris Leone
Circuit de la Sarthe is one of the most iconic racing circuits in the world, home every year to a famous twice-around-the-clock endurance test through the French countryside that separates the best sports car racing teams in the world from the rest. Saturday’s penultimate round of the 2021 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup won’t last nearly as long, but the sprint and feature races that take place this weekend will nonetheless be crucial to determining the world’s best sports car driver on iRacing.
With points at a premium over the final two races this month, 2019 series champion and defending Le Mans winner Joshua Rogers finds himself comfortably in the top spot. Well over 100 points ahead of Mitchell deJong and defending champion Sebastian Job, it’ll be a tall order for anyone to catch the Australian without some catastrophic issues for him in both Le Mans and the series’ traditional Monza finale later this month. His three wins and six top-10 finishes, each tied for the series lead, have returned him to the consistent form that netted him his first title—and opened the door for Job to beat him last year when it disappeared.
Still, taking that for granted is a mistake, especially in the wake of mechanical trouble knocking Job out of the previous event at the Nurburgring. Unpredictability has been one of the core pillars of this series for three years now, and there’s no reason to expect anything different, especially at Le Mans. Past success is also no guarantee of future performance, given that Job’s most recent DNF came at a race where he all but locked up the title with a win last year.
As always, Saturday’s Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup race will be preceded by an All-Star Race featuring major influencers and real-world drivers. Dave Cam and Jimmy Broadbent split the wins at the Nurburgring last time out. The All-Star Race action kicks off at 2PM ET, with the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup immediately following at 3PM ET.
Saturday’s Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup race from Le Mans can be seen on Porsche and iRacing social media channels. Following this week, the season concludes and a champion will be crowned on April 24 from Autodromo Nazionale Monza. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.