Stay entertained this winter: Porsche Esports Supercup starts on 9 January

The successful Esports championship run on the iRacing simulation platform heads into its third year on 9 January.

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The Porsche Esports Supercup will run over 10 rounds between January and April 2021. In addition to iconic tracks such as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and the Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans, new venues also play host for the first time. Places like a virtual Interlagos Grand Prix venue in Brazil, the Formula 1 street circuit of Montréal or the Hockenheimring will all add to the drama.

Prize money remains an impressive US$200,000, with drivers competing for points over the course of the 10 rounds.

A look at the final race of the current season next Saturday underlines just how close the competition is in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: the title goes down to the wire at Monza in Italy.

“When it comes to suspense, the current season of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup is hard to beat: we’ve witnessed many action-packed races, and the title fight will only be decided at the finale. The high level of driving skill and the huge popularity among fans have exceeded our expectations. But we can’t afford to rest on our laurels. So, we’re shifting up a gear to propel this fantastic sport forward,” explains Marco Ujhasi, Manager Esports Porsche Motorsport. “For 2021, we’ve collaborated with our partners to develop the calendar and the sporting format and we’re looking forward to some great sim racing. My special thanks go to title sponsor TAG Heuer and Vodafone for their strong backing."

Minor tweaks to the regulations ensure even more suspense.

The most important change: instead of a set duration – currently 15 minutes for the sprint race and 30 minutes for the main event – the rounds are now contested over a fixed distance of either 40 or 80 kilometres. Moreover, qualifying becomes even more critical: next year, the fastest driver will start the sprint race from pole position. Previously, the first eight qualifiers have tackled the sprint race in reverse order. However, in the main race, the eight fastest drivers will start in reverse order.

2021 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: Qualifying from 24 October.

The 40 grid spots for the virtual one-make cup are highly coveted. This season’s top 20 drivers automatically qualify for next year’s series. Another 20 sim racers will have the chance to join them as five qualifying races determine who gets these places. The first qualifying round takes place on 24 October on the Okayama International Circuit in Japan. The qualifying continues until 21 November – the contenders compete on a different racetrack every week with the virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

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