Aussie talent showcased in Porsche Esports
Monday 18 January, 2021
Australians Joshua Rogers and Dayne Warren featured in the weekend's Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.
Australians Joshua Rogers and Dayne Warren have enjoyed a successful outing at the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup’s second round of the season, with the duo ending the weekend within the top three of the standings.
Set at the virtual Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, the round saw the 40 competitors complete a sprint race and an endurance race, which both drivers claimed serious points – especially Rogers who continued his fantastic run of recent form on the simulator.
As he did in the series’ opening round in Brazil, Rogers dominated the first half of the round with pole position and converted it into the opening race victory over Mitchell deJong, while Warren finished just behind the American in third place.
Starting the event’s main race in eighth place, Rogers managed to work his way towards the front of the field, gradually getting to second place.
While he showed brilliant pace for much of the 18-lap feature race, Rogers was unable to chase down the race leader in Sebastian Job and ultimately settled for second place behind the Red Bull Racing Esports driver– an impressive effort considering he had deteriorating tyres and started seven places below.
“Turn One after the start in the main race was a little hairy, I had to choose my line carefully – otherwise, you end up upside down on the track instead of earning critical points,” Rogers said.
“I was particularly careful with my tyres and I’m very pleased with my performance and the result. The fight with Charlie Collins and Dayne Warren was great fun.”
Warren on the other hand was unable to make it back-to-back podiums as he fell short of British driver and Rogers’ Virtual Racing School teammate, Charlie Collins, and settled for fourth place.
After just two rounds, Rogers now trails deJong but just six points in the fight for the lead, while Warren sits comfortably in third place more than 20 points ahead of the fourth placed Maximilian Benecke.
It’s now a two week break for the series, which returns to action at the virtual Autodromo Internazionale in Imola, Italy on 30 January.