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PESC: Ayhancan Güven takes first career PESC win at Hockenheim

PESC: Ayhancan Güven takes first career PESC win at Hockenheim

The first race of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup was a wild one at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg on Saturday (5th February). It was an all VRS Coanda Simsport showing as Dayne Warren won the Sprint race and Ayhancan Güven took the overall win in the Feature.

The purple and orange could be found all throughout the front of the running order, as well as their VRS teammates in the red and black. In fact, the Coanda teammates of Güven, Warren, and Jeremy Bouteloup were the only three drivers to lead a lap in either race on Saturday.

Güven picked up his first career victory after taking the lead from Bouteloup with 13 laps to go. In the closing laps, Güven held off a strong charge from Team Redline’s Diogo C. Pinto as other VRS Coanda Simsport drivers found themselves in trouble with the incident limit. Güven took the win with Red Bull Racing Esports’ Graham Carroll coming home second and Bouteloup in third.

SPRINT RACE – DAYNE WARREN DOMINATES

To kick things off, Dayne Warren took the very first pole position of the season. The pole position awards 10 points to whoever claims it and then files down to two for the fifth place qualifier.

Only a nine lap dash around the Hockenheimring, Warren pulled himself, VRS driver Charlie Collins, Pinto and Red Bull Racing Esports driver and 2020 Champion Sebastian Job away from the pack. The four would stay in line and out of trouble for the entirety of the race. Warren took the checkers for the maximum amount of points to that point, adding another 25 on to his 10 from qualifying.

To set the grid for the Feature, the Top 8 spots would be inverted. Williams Esports driver Moreno Sirica would get that honor, and would start alongside Jeremy Bouteloup.

HOCKENHEIMRING SPRINT RACE TOP 10

POS.CAR #DRIVERTEAMINT.PTS
157Dayne WarrenCoanda0.00035
293Charlie CollinsVRS-0.24130
344Diogo C. PintoTeam Redline-0.58326
422Sebastian JobRed Bull Racing Esports-0.99122
581Quentiin VialatteR8G eSports-2.20618
653Ayhancan GüvenCoanda-2.53715
777Jeremy BouteloupCoanda-3.12014
869Moreno SiricaWilliams-3.72713
937Cooper WebsterRed Bull Racing Esports-3.94512
1012Jordan CarusoLogitech G Altus Esports-4.54811

FEATURE RACE – AYHANCAN GÜVEN SCORES FIRST WIN

Things got dicey almost immediately in the 18 lap Feature event. Sirica pulled away but wasn’t able to clear Bouteloup heading into the first corner. The two almost came together, but Sirica pulled away at the last second to avoid contact.

That gave Bouteloup the lead for the first five circuits. Bouteloup, who recently announced his retirement from competitive sim racing following this PESC season, had a pack of hungry cars waiting to pounce at any moment behind him.

A couple of laps in saw the demise of Sebastian Job after a stack-up entering the hairpin. Job got turned after the car behind him got hit from behind. Moments after the spin, Sirica had nowhere to go but into the front of the Red Bull, damaging both Porsches significantly. Sirica rebounded to finish seventh but Job would be relegated to a 22nd place effort.

IRACING INCIDENT DRAMA

On the sixth lap, Güven was ready to take control. He made the move inside of Bouteloup entering Mercedes, hoping to have the inside for the next braking zone in Sachs. As they were coming to that 12th turn, Bouteloup and R8G eSports rookie Quentiin Vialatte made slight contact, sending the rookie around. At the same time, Güven made the pass and started to pull away.

Towards the end of the race, Güven had immense pressure from Team Redline’s Diogo C. Pinto. However, Güven’s VRS Coanda teammate Collins wound up hitting the incident limit, forcing him to do a pass through. Collins then got on the gas and started racing Pinto as hard as he could, which helped Güven pull away. After Collins took his drivethrough, Warren also received a penalty for incidents after contact with Pinto, which sent Pinto into the gravel.

This all allowed Bouteloup and Graham Carroll to take advantage, but they were too far behind Güven to have a chance. Carroll would get the best of Bouteloup for the runner up spot, but it was Güven who would be celebrating his first career win on Saturday.

HOCKENHEIMRING FEATURE RACE TOP 10

POS.CAR #DRIVERTEAMINT.PTS
153Ayhancan GüvenCoanda0.00050
221Graham CarrollRed Bull Racing Esports-1.99345
377Jeremy BouteloupCoanda-2.35540
444Diogo C. PintoTeam Redline-2.54937
537Cooper WebsterRed Bull Racing Esports-2.74334
657Alejandro SánchezSDK Gaming-2.93531
769Moreno SiricaWilliams Esports-3.34228
897Tuomas TähteläKOVA Esports-3.52626
979Oskar BiksrudCoanda-6.30024
1011Maximilian BeneckeTeam Redline-6.72722

POINTS SITUATION LEAVING HOCKENEHEIM

With the late penalties, both Warren and Collins lost an immense amount of points, possibly around 25 to 30 points each due to their final finishing positions. Güven, who finished sixth in the Sprint race, only collected 15 points to start the day. His 50 collected in the feature will put him to the top of the standings, only two points ahead of Pinto.

Warren and Collins sit sixth and seventh, respectively. Had they not hit their incident limits, they’d likely be the two on top of the overall points. Collins and Warren are two of the favorites entering this season as their VRS Coanda teammates Joshua Rogers and Mitchell deJong aren’t running this season.

Another favorite will be the 2020 champion Job. Unfortunately, he’ll have to fight back from 12th overall after his misfortunes.

POINTS STANDINGS AFTER RACE #1 – HOCKENHEIMRING

POS.CAR #DRIVERTEAMTOTAL PTSSP. WINSFEAT. WINS
153Ayhancan GuvenCoanda651
244Diogo C. PintoTeam Redline63
321Graham CarrollRed Bull Racing Esports55
477Jeremy BouteloupCoanda54
537Cooper WebsterRed Bull Racing Esports46
657Dayne WarrenCoanda451
793Charlie CollinsVRS44
869Moreno SiricaWilliams Esports41
947Alejandro SánchezSDK Gaming36
1079Oskar BiksrudCoanda30

LAURIN HEINRICH DOMINATES ALL STARS

The PESC All Stars also had their fun in the virtual German sun on Saturday. Well known names such as Tony Kanaan, Jimmy Broadbent and Emily Jones were in the field for the warm-up act. Laurin Heinrich, who competed in the 2019 PESC season and is a 2022 Porsche Junior driver, was a dominant force throughout.

Heinrich started on the pole position and led from the drop of the flag until the finish in the Sprint race. With the full field getting inverted for the Feature, Heinrich stayed cool and methodically worked his way towards the front. Jones and Kanaan found themselves in the Top 2 when Heinrich showed up to the party.

It only took six laps, but once Heinrich took control, he led the final 10 laps and swept the entire race event. Heinrich also posted the fasted lap in every session and walked out of the Hockenheimring with max points in the All Stars standings.

UP NEXT

PESC returns on the 19th of February for the second race event of the 2022 season. Both the All Stars and the Pro drivers will take on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for another nine lap sprint and 18 lap feature.

It will be the third visit by the series to the venue. Last season, Series Champion Joshua Rogers took the pole and the Sprint race while Sebastian Job won the Feature. In 2020, Maximillian Benecke swept both the Sprint and Feature.

The coverage can be found starting at 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT over on the Porsche Twitch channel.

2022 PORSCHE TAG HEUER ESPORTS SUPERCUP SCHEDULE

DATETRACKSPRINT LAPSFEATURE LAPS
5th FebruaryHockenheimring Baden-Württemberg918
19th FebruaryCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya918
5th MarchTBA – FAN VOTETBATBA
19th MarchSilverstone Circuit714
26th MarchRed Bull Ring1020
9th AprilCircuit Gilles Villeneuve1020
23rd AprilCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps612
7th MayNürburgring – Gesamtstrecke 24H34
21st MayCircuit des 24 Heures du Mans36
4th JuneAutodromo Nazionale Monza714
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