Digital drivers gear up for a rollercoaster race at Road Atlanta
The digital version of the Road Atlanta racetrack in the US state of Georgia hosts the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup today
A virtual version of America’s famous Road Atlanta circuit will play host to the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup today (1 August).
The 4.088-kilometre rollercoaster track – noted for its 12 high-speed corners as well as its long straights, significant elevation changes and brutal compressions – is tough on real racers, but it also puts extra pressure on the setup of the digital Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Today’s race marks the fifth to be contested as part of the global Esports championship on the iRacing simulation platform, after the rescheduling of the rounds at Le Mans and the Nürburgring.
Going into the race as the new points leader is Sebastian Job from the Red Bull Racing Esports team: with 219 points, the British sim star moved to the top of drivers’ standings at his “home” race in Silverstone.
Following in his slipstream, just 18 points behind, is Germany’s Max Benecke from the Redline squad. Thanks to scoring a first and a second place at the UK round, Alejandro Sánchez (MSI eSports) from Spain now ranks third overall with 198 points while Joshua Rogers (VRS Coanda Simsport) – the previous points leader – has fallen down the rankings to fourth place.
At the Road Atlanta event, sim racers will go head to head in a 15-minute sprint (from 16:17 CEST), followed by the 30-minute main race, which starts at 16:45.