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Benecke scores double victory in Barcelona, podium finish for Verstappen

A successful second race day for Maximilian Benecke in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: The 2019 vice-champion won both the sprint and the main race of the global sim racing series on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain).

Formula 1 star Max Verstappen (NL/Team Redline) once again underlined his talent in the virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and claimed second place in the 30-minute race behind his teammate Benecke (D/Team Redline). After turbulent start phases in both races, the e-racers then called on tactics and discipline at round two of the 2020 season.

Right from the start of the 15-minute sprint race, Benecke laid the foundation for his first victory of the season. Heading into the race from the third grid spot, the 25-year-old took the outside line at the first corner to overtake Sindre Setsaas (N/CoRe SimRacing) and Jarrad Filsell (AUS/Apex Racing Team). Benecke then proceeded to pull clear of his pursuers over the remaining laps to cross the finish line in first place with a 1.2-second advantage over Setsaas.

Results Barcelona, sprint race 1. Maximilian Benecke (D/Team Redline) 3. Jarrad Filsell (AUS/Apex Racing Team) 1. Maximilian Benecke (D/Team Redline) Barcelona, main race 2. Max Verstappen (NL/Team Redline) 5. Jarrad Filsell (AUS/Apex Racing Team)

The preview

Just one week after the action-packed season opener, the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup takes a virtual trip to the Mediterranean coast of Spain on Saturday (9 May). At the digital double-header event on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 40 elite sim racers will battle for victories and championship points. The two British drivers from the Red Bull Racing Esports team are full of confidence heading into the event: Points leader Sebastian Job (72 points) won the main race at the event on the Dutch racetrack of Zandvoort, with his hottest rival Graham Carroll (70 points) clinching first place in the sprint race. All competitors tackle the global Esports championship run on iRacing’s simulation platform in virtual Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars.

The Barcelona event includes a 15-minute sprint race followed by a 30-minute main race. The event on the 4.655-kilometre racetrack will be shown live on Porsche’s official Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/porsche) and YouTube (https://youtu.be/CObmhJRSt3c) accounts. Fans can find more information about the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup on the Porsche Motorsport Hub, Porsche Newsroom and the Twitter account @PorscheRaces.

The schedule (9 May)

3:45 to 4:03pm: Free practice

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May 09, 2020 at 15:09

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