Round one of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup saw Red Bull Racing Esports take wins in the sprint and feature race, with Graham Carroll and Sebastian Job winning each respectively. However, teammate Patrik Holzmann suffered a brake failure from pole of the sprint race, resulting in a double retirement and no points from round one.
Brian Lockwood was the highest placed debutant in series, finishing third and fifth in the two races for RaceKraft Esports.
Reigning champion, Joshua Rogers set the fastest lap in qualifying, .06 ahead of newcomer, Jeff Giassi in a very colourful Porsche Cup Brazil livery. Rogers finished fourth and third in the sprint a feature races, putting him in third place in the championship after round one.
Carroll, who started second on the sprint race grid, behind teammate Patrik Holzmann, was able to lead every lap to get his first podium and win in the Supercup. Meanwhile Job and Rogers had a race long battle for 4th place, Rogers prevailed, from 8th on the grid.
Job’s feature race win was aided after pouncing on a small lock-up from Rogers at turn one, the Englishman was then able to apply pressure and pass teammate Carroll for second, before passing Østgaard for first with twelve minutes to go.
The move for first allowed Carroll and Rogers to capitalise on Østgaard’s lack of momentum on the front straight, moving the former leader down to fourth place. Round 2 will be at Barcelona this weekend, practice began Sunday morning for most teams, less than 24 hours after the lights went out for round one. With a much wider track, overtakes won’t be at as much of a premium, as seen in the test-race earlier in the year.