February 19th, 2021 by Chris Leone
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup rolls into the halfway point of its season with its lone visit to the United States on Saturday, as Road Atlanta makes its return to the schedule for the fifth round in the 10-race championship. The Braselton, Georgia-based circuit made its series debut last year, with 2019 series champion Joshua Rogers, 2020 champion Sebastian Job, and Alejandro Sanchez completing last year’s podium.
All three enter this weekend’s race in the top 10 in the standings, but Rogers firmly holds control of the points lead with a 38-point advantage over Mitchell deJong and an 82-point lead over Job. In spite of a 23rd place finish in the season opener from Interlagos, Rogers bounced back with finishes of second, first, and second in the last three races, but his real points haul comes from the fact that he still hasn’t finished worse than second in a sprint race. Even without the additional 94 out of a possible 100 points in the preliminary races, he’d still be fourth in points, just two back of Dayne Warren.
Unlike last year, Road Atlanta doesn’t just call itself the home race for drivers from America; there’s a native Georgian on the grid with freshman driver Zac Campbell. Agonizingly just short of the podium in Interlagos, Campbell currently sits 11th in the series standings, 18 shy of Sanchez and Graham Carroll for a space in the top 10. A podium, or even breakthrough victory, at his home track would go a long way towards helping him pass Charlie Collins as the top rookie in the 2021 standings.
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. This week’s guest driver will be real-world Porsche factory driver Matt Campbell, while Matt Malone joins the grid of regulars like Jimmy Broadbent, Dan Suzuki, and Emily Jones. The All-Star Race action kicks off at 1PM ET, with the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup immediately following at 2PM ET.
Saturday’s Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup race from Road Atlanta can be seen on Porsche and iRacing social media channels. The series remains in North America next weekend for a visit to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which returns after a one-year absence. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.