PESC: Jordan Caruso crowned 2023 champion at Monza

Justin Melillo
Following the tenth and final event of the 2023 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season at Monza, Jordan Caruso secured the championship
PESC: Jordan Caruso crowned 2023 champion at Monza

The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup season has come to a close, and after months of ups and downs for all 30 of the qualified competitors, Altus Esports’ Jordan Caruso stood tall amongst the pile, the winner of the 2023 Driver’s Championship following the finale at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Coming into the night with a 37 point lead over Zac Campbell, 41 point lead over Sebastian Job and 73 point lead over Alejandro Sánchez, Caruso could clinch with 49 points scored no matter what his competition did. Caruso scored 47 points, and even with a five point penalty, it was more than enough to wrap up his first title.

Caruso took the Sprint race victory, which effectively clinched the title a race early considering his competitors didn’t outscore him. In the Feature, Caruso finished 12th, more than enough to confirm the title.

There were two other battles worth watching. The battle for second overall came down to a single point as Job barely outscored Campbell. As for the battle for Relegation, Gustavo Ariel (TXC Racing by TK) took the Feature win, his third win of 2023, and that was enough to move into the Top 15.

Casey Kirwan already had the PESC All-Stars title wrapped up entering Monza, but that didn’t stop him from outperforming his eNASCAR brethren in the Sprint race, outlasting Parker White and Matt Bussa in the closing laps. In the Feature, Michael Conti rebounded and held off Emily “Emree” Jones for the final win of the season.

Kirwan wins Sprint in battle of eNASCAR stars at Monza

Monza turned into eNASCAR night as three more of the top oval drivers joined the fray in the final event of the All-Stars season.

Casey Kirwan would have to deal with his usual competition, which includes Tyson “Quirkitized” Meier, Dave Cam, Emree, and Pablo “The Pulpo” López. He also had to contend with Parker White, Matt Bussa and Michael Conti, all normal names you’d hear on Tuesday nights in the eNASCAR series.

White took the pole and led early. Conti obtained a penalty from a jump start and would be out of things before they began. The field was in the Porsche Mission R, an all-electric racing machine. It proved to be a challenge to all.

In the closing laps, Kirwan out-dueled White as Bussa fell off with a slow down penalty. Kirwan was able to knock out another win on the season, his sixth overall. Emree would invert to the Feature pole alongside Conti for the final race of the season.

ALL-STARS: Monza Sprint Race Top 10 Results

FINSTACAR #DRIVERINTERVALSPRINT PTSAGG PTS
1595Casey Kirwan11 LAPS2626
2111Parker White+0.522 sec2023
3397Matt Bussa+3.038 sec1717
44504The Pulpo López+11.082 sec1414
57786Dave Cam+11.390 sec1212
6623Heikki360ES+11.446 sec1010
71035Dan Suzuki+12.578 sec99
81181Stradi+14.871 sec88
9956Borja Zazo+15.245 sec77
10151Quirkitized+29.143 sec66

Sprint penalty gives Conti upper hand in Monza Feature

Michael Conti pleaded with race control to get his Sprint race jump start penalty rescinded, but he was forced to serve it and would finish 14th in the opening race. A full field invert meant he got another chance from the same grid spot, second, and this time he played it perfectly.

Conti out-braked Emree into Turn 1 as the rest of the field behind Keenan “Aero” Kusan in third attempted to figure out who would lead that pack.

Kirwan would not repeat as he spun out trying to work his way up the field. Bussa also found trouble and wound up finishing last. Up front, it was just Conti and Emree, the rest of the field more than 10 seconds behind.

Emree made a few moves, but Conti was able to hold strong. The retiring eNASCAR driver added yet another victory to his #ItsBeenGr8 tour as he scored the Monza finale victory.

ALL-STARS: Monza Feature Race Top 10 Results

FINSTACAR #DRIVERINTERVALFT. PTSTOTAL PTS
128Michael Conti11 LAPS2527
2151Emree+0.696 sec2122
312504The Pulpo López+12.650 sec1731
461Quirkitized+12.753 sec1420
51411Parker White+12.854 sec1235
65182Keny500+13.539 sec1015
71023Heikki360ES+15.904 sec919
8446LoveFortySix+16.054 sec812
9881Stradi+16.849 sec715
10935Dan Suzuki+20.912 sec615

While we knew Kirwan was the champion weeks ago, the 2022 All-Stars champion Quirkitized managed to finish runner-up. The Pulpo López, who gave the field a few weeks head start, wound up third.

Another former All-Star champion in Emree managed fourth, and the final driver in the Top 5 was Xabier “Heikki360ES” Sanchez.

ALL-STARS: Final Points after Race #10 at Monza

POSCAR #DRIVERSP. WINSFT. WINSTOTAL PTSBEHIND
195Casey Kirwan52369LEADER
21Quirkitized11243-126
3504The Pulpo López11232-137
451Emree00199-170
523Heikki360ES00186-183
635Dan Suzuki00184-185
7786Dave Cam01181-188
8182Keny50002172-197
939Jardier01160-209
1056Borja Zazo00157-212

11. Stradi
12. Basic Ollie
13. Matt Malone
14. LoveFortySix
15. Lauren Heinrich
16. Tony Kanaan
17. Parker White
18. Ayhancan Guven
19. Michael Conti
20. Matt Bussa
21. Bastian Buus
22. Keenan Kusan
22. Jimmy Broadbent
24. Laurens Vanthoor

Caruso closes out Championship season as competitors falter in finale

While the title could have been decided at Le Mans two weeks ago had Caruso not crashed out of a Top 10 Feature finish, he still held on to a decent advantage entering the finale at Monza.

After Diogo Pinto, the outgoing champion took the pole position, Caruso managed a fourth place effort. With Alejandro Sánchez not placing in the Top 5 in qualifying, his championship chances were dashed before the Sprint race began.

The other two title runners were also down and out before the racing began. Third place Sebastian Job wound up qualifying in 13th while the runner-up entering, Zac Campbell, failed to put down a lap time and would start 24th.

THE SPRINT: Caruso clinches with Sprint victory

If Campbell and Job didn’t score enough points in the Sprint, Caruso had the opportunity to clinch the championship with a decent finish. One might think that Caruso would do everything in his power to avoid contact and possible penalties, but Caruso was more keen to score another win.

On the opening lap, Caruso and Alessandro Bico made contact, sending Bico off and out of contention. A few laps later, Caruso made contact with Yohann Harth and Diogo Pinto, the Top 2, entering the Rettifilo Chicane. It’s unclear which incident was worth the five point deduction after the race, but it didn’t matter.

Caruso managed the win and provisionally exited the Sprint Race as the champion. Job only managed to finish 10th and Campbell was unable to score points.

PESC: Monza Sprint Race Top 10 Results

FINSTACAR #DRIVERTEAMINTERVALPTSAGG PTS
1412Jordan CarusoAltus Esports7 LAPS2529
2993Charlie CollinsVRS Coanda Esports+1.627 sec2222
3669Moreno SiricaWilliams Esports+2.134 sec2020
454Salva TalensStormforce Racing ART+2.186 sec1820
5824Lasse BakFYRA SimSport+2.742 sec1616
6105Oskari RinneBS+COMPETITION+2.965 sec1515
7799Oscar ManganAltus Esports+3.186 sec1414
81421Gustavo ArielTXC Racing by TK+3.477 sec1313
91147Alejandro SánchezStormforce Racing ART+4.066 sec1212
101322Sebastian JobOracle Red Bull Racing Esports+4.213 sec1111

THE FEATURE: Ariel wins, avoids relegation

With the Top 8 invert, Gustavo Ariel would start from the pole position. Coming into the race, Ariel sat 17th in the standings, 16 points below the Relegation line. Only the Top 15 would be guaranteed a place on the 2024 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup roster. Ariel, despite having two wins, needed to overcome the gap.

With Maximilian Benecke unable to race, that meant that Ariel’s best shot would be to outscore Jamie Fluke by 16 points. Ariel managed to walk off with the victory and plenty of points. Fluke still had a shot to get in as well, but the drivers he needed to outscore also had decent days, leaving the veteran on the outside.

Meanwhile, with possible penalties looming over Caruso, Job still needed to give it his all, but that fell short after an incident forced him out of contention. The battle then turned into the battle for second, where Job was able to barely beat Campbell by a single point.

PESC: Monza Feature Race Top 10 Results

FINSTACAR #DRIVERTEAMINTERVALPTSTOTAL PTS
1121Gustavo ArielTXC Racing by TK14 LAPS5063
2793Charlie CollinsVRS Coanda Esports+0.449 sec4567
3121Diogo C. PintoTeam Redline+0.620 sec4059
4424Lasse BakFYRA SimSport+1.778 sec3753
5669Moreno SiricaWilliams Esports+2.320 sec3454
635Oskari RinneBS+COMPETITION+2.581 sec3146
71549Jamie FlukeApex Racing Team+2.782 sec2834
8947Alejandro SánchezStormforce Racing ART+3.404 sec2638
954Salva TalensStormforce Racing ART+3.728 sec2444
10299Oscar ManganAltus Esports+3.798 sec2236

Final look at 2023 points

job off road pesc spa

Caruso scored the 2023 title in his sophomore season, and he won it by 68 points over Job. Charlie Collins scored a pair of podiums at Monza and was able to leapfrog to fourth overall, a single point ahead of Sánchez.

Williams Esports’ Moreno Sirica also scored a pair of Top 5 finishes, his first two of the season, and that moved him up into ninth overall, behind Pinto, Harth and his teammate Bico. Sirica also passed Cooper Webster, who finished 10th.

The final five spots above the relegation line belonged to Salva Talens, Lasse Bak, Gustavo Ariel, Luca Kita and Oskari Rinne. Leaving Monza, Kita was the final driver in, but after penalties were included, Rinne would fall to the 15th and final spot.

Fluke was the first man out in 16th. Oscan Mangan was able to pick up some points, but it wasn’t enough to get above the relegation line. With Ariel moving in, it was Benecke who moved out after not racing.

PESC: Final Points after Race #10 at Monza

POSCAR #DRIVERTEAMSP. WINSFT. WINST5sTOTAL PTSPEN PTS
112Jordan CarusoAltus Esports2111506-15
222Sebastian JobOracle Red Bull Racing Esports119438-10
315Zac CampbellVRS Coanda Esports12114370
493Charlie CollinsVRS Coanda Esports0110430-10
547Alejandro SánchezStormforce Racing ART2010429-55
61Diogo C. PintoTeam Redline119417-30
790Yohann HarthStormforce Racing ART015340-25
877Alessandro BicoWilliams Esports115339-35
969Moreno SiricaWilliams Esports002276-15
1037Cooper WebsterOracle Red Bull Racing Esports0042720

11. Salva Talens (Stormforce Racing ART)
12. Lasse Bak (FYRA SimSport)
13. Gustavo Ariel (TXC Racing by TK)
14. Luca Kita (URANO eSports)
15. Oskari Rinne (BS+COMPETITION)
——————————————————————-
16. Jamie Fluke (Apex Racing Team)
17. Oscar Mangan (Altus Esports)
18. Maximilian Benecke (MOUZ)
19. Julien Soenen (R8G Esports)
20. Bobby Zalenski (VRS Coanda Esports)

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2023 PORSCHE TAG HEUER ESPORTS SUPERCUP SCHEDULE

EVENTDATEVENUESprint LapsFeature Laps
14-FebHockenheimring Baden-Württemberg918
218-FebCircuit de Nevers Magny-Cours1020
34-MarLong Beach – FAN VOTE WINNER1326
418-MarCircuit of the Americas816
51-AprRed Bull Ring1020
68-AprWatkins Glen International1122
722-AprCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps612
86-MayNürburgring Combined34
920-MayCircuit des 24 Heures du Mans36
103-JunAutodromo Nazionale Monza714
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