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Red Bull driver Job sweeps Porsche iRacing Donington round

May 23 2020
By Nathan Quinn
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Red Bull Racing Esports driver Sebastian Job is up to three wins in the 2020 Porsche Esports Supercup season after winning both races at Donington Park.

Job started the sprint race from second place, but a better start than pole-sitter Alejandro Sanchez meant he pulled alongside the Spaniard into the first corner and overtook him around the outside.

From there Job pulled out a comfortable gap over those behind him, beating Sanchez by 2.8 seconds at the end of the 15-minute long sprint race.

The double race winner in the previous round, Maximilian Benecke, as well as defending champion Josh Rogers were quicker in the qualifying session as Benecke was the third-fastest and Rogers the quickest of all.

That netted them some championship points, but meant they started the first race from sixth and eighth respectively.

Benecke fought his way up to third place, taking the final podium spot away from Ricardo Castro Ledo down the inside of the Melbourne Hairpin at the end of the penultimate lap.

Rogers, like Benecke, made up three places over the course of the race as he finished in fifth.

Job’s sprint race win gave him pole position for the 30-minute long main race. And yet again nobody was able to beat his pace as he won by 2.4 seconds.

Rogers finished as the runner up in the main race, passing Castro Ledo and Sanchez as well as capitalising from a first-lap mistake by Benecke.

Benecke and Sanchez were running side by side up to the McLean’s corner when Benecke turned in too early from the outside, which meant he tagged the side of Sanchez’s car and bounced out of the turn and onto the grass.

The minor contact and subsequent off-track excursion dropped Benecke to ninth.

Over the next 30 minutes, overtakes on Jeff Giassi, Christopher Dambietz and David Williams meant Benecke recovered to cross the finish line in sixth place.

Job had won the sprint race around Zandvoort earlier on in the season, but the two race wins at Donington means he has more first-place finishes than anyone else so far this season.

“It’s nice to continue on from how Zandvoort went,” Job said.

“I think we actually had slightly worse pace than at Zandvoort but things just fell my way this weekend and I got a bit more fortunate to qualify on the front row, getting P1 at the start.

“It was no looking back from there, I could just grind out the consistent laps.

“I was very glad that this happened though because in practice I was struggling big time when following other cars so I was praying that I ended up leading.”

Rogers is the current championship leader, six points ahead of Job in second place.

Dayne Warren, who entered the third round as the championship leader, dropped to sixth in the standings as he finished the first race in 36th after crashing into Patrik Holzmann and rolled at The Esses on the start of the first race. He performed better in the main race, finishing in 21st.

Red Bull F1 driver Max Verstappen, who had taken a podium in the series’ previous round, was absent this time.

The next round of the Porsche Esports Supercup will be at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 13.

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