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Full speed ahead on the data highway

The 911 is looking for its champion - now also virtually at the Porsche Esports Supercup. On the way to the digital world champion title, 40 Sim-Racers can win 100,000 US dollars in addition to fame and an award at Porsche's "Night of Champions".

Text: Marko Knab Photo: Porsche 02.04.2019 1 min

First trip in the 911? Unforgettable! First title in the 911? Virtual! When the new Porsche Esports Supercup starts on April 13, 2019, it won't have much to do with the arcade racers from our youth. This is partly due to the tough competition from 40 selected Sim Racers who had to survive a demanding qualifying session. On the other hand, the computer simulation iRacing, also used by Formula 1 ace Max Verstappen for training because of the particularly realistic driving physics.

A victory in the digital offshoot of the Supercup is anything but a piece of cake. With him, Porsche stormed into pole position in the growing Esport market. In the world's first virtual one-make cup, the participants will fight for victory on legendary circuits in Europe and North America. Spa, Laguna Seca and Watkins Glen - traditional courses through and through. The decision will be made on 28 September on another dream route: The season ends in the high-speed Mecca of Monza. Sports equipment of choice is, of course, the 911 GT3 Cup, just like in real racing life.

Although the virtual cup does not accompany Formula 1 around the globe like its real counterpart, the Porsche Esports Supercup's victory honours are in no way inferior to the real ones: At the end of the year, the winner of the ten-weekend championship will receive an award at the "Night of Champions" alongside Porsche greats such as Brendon Hartley, André Lotterer and Neel Jani. Also the $100,000 prize money would be a good basis for a real 911...

The ten events from qualification, sprint and main races can be watched by interested parties on the platforms Youtube, Facebook and Twitch. iRacing broadcasts the races on Saturday at 3 p.m. German time.