The global Esports championship is back – and a prominent newcomer has signed up

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup (PESC) kicks off this weekend with a virtual race at Brazil's Grand Prix circuit.

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The first race in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup takes place tomorrow (9 January), when 40 sim racers will tackle the digital version on Brazil’s Autódromo José Carlos Pace racetrack with their virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

The Grand Prix circuit hosts the first of ten rounds of the international Esports championship to be contested in 2021 on the iRacing simulation platform.

Now in its third season, the PESC will see 20 seasoned specialists from last year compete against 20 new drivers including Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven. The 23-year-old Turkish racer is a star of the real-life Supercup world but is no stranger to sim racing: last year he won the GTE class of the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans and he outperformed 4,500 competitors to join the PESC line-up.

Among the racers he will face are reigning champion Sebastian Job from Great Britain (Red Bull Racing Esports) and the runner-up from Australia Joshua Rogers (VRS Coanda Simsport).

Fans will noticed a few changes this year, including later running times for the races and tweaks to qualifying that make the results of that much more critical. The sprint and main races will also now run over a distance of approximately 40 and 80 kilometres respectively, instead of the previous race duration of 15 and 30 minutes, while sim racing influencers will play a part in 2021, showcasing their talent in two All-Star races. Expect to see celebrities such as Dan Suzuki, Jardier, Maxime MXM, Emree, Heikki360ES and Jimmy Broadbent.

Fans can watch the events live on Porsche’s YouTube and Twitch channels while the races will also be streamed on these two video platforms via iRacing.

The schedule (all times CET)

Saturday, 9 January

6:35 – 6:45 pm: Qualifying All-Stars

6:45 – 7:00 pm: Sprint race All-Stars

7:05 – 7:10 pm: Warm-up All-Stars

7:10 – 7:30 pm: Main race All-Stars

7:45 – 8:03 pm: Free Practice PESC

8:03 – 8:15 pm: Qualifying PESC

8:15 – 8:32 pm: Sprint race PESC

8:34 – 8:44 pm: Warm-up PESC

8:45 – 9:15 pm: Main race PESC

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