The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup returns to iRacing for a fifth season in 2023, and the new series schedule will start in three Saturdays from now. The schedule was posted on the official iRacing website on Thursday (19th January).
The 2023 PESC season begins on 4th February as the schedule kicks things off at Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. The schedule will be 10 events in length and will race every other week (except between races #5 and #6) until the 3rd of June.
New to the schedule, PESC will visit the brand-new to iRacing Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in week 2, Circuit of the Americas in week 4 and Watkins Glen in week 6. Barcelona-Catalunya, Interlagos, Silverstone and Montreal will not return from 2022. There will be a track vote for week 3, but that’s to be determined.
Week 5 will once again belong to the Red Bull Ring, and the final four races of the 2023 season will be a copy from 2022 with Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring, Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans and Monza wrapping things up. Check out the projected schedule below.
2023 PESC Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Schedule and calendar
|EVENT||DATE||VENUE||Sprint Laps||Feature Laps|
|2||18-Feb||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||9||18|
|3||4-Mar||TO BE VOTED UPON||TBD||TBD|
|4||18-Mar||Circuit of the Americas||8||16|
|5||1-Apr||Red Bull Ring||10||20|
|6||8-Apr||Watkins Glen International||11||22|
|7||22-Apr||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||6||12|
|9||20-May||Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans||3||6|
|10||3-Jun||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||7||14|
Races are slated to start on Saturdays at 19:00 GMT, or 2:00 pm EST until Daylight Savings Time goes into effect. I’m speculating that those races will then start at 3:00 pm EDT after the third race of the season.
WHO IS COMPETING?
As for the roster, things have been changing rapidly since we reported on the PESC Contender finale last year. One thing is for sure – Sebastian Job, the 2020 PESC Champion, will be returning to the series to go for another title this year.
We already knew that Jeremy Bouteloup wouldn’t be coming back, but since then, Dayne Warren was promoted to the Porsche Coanda Esports team, which likely means that he won’t be returning like his team-mates didn’t for 2022.
We’re also monitoring the ESL-Rennsport partnership, which we believe could be part of the reason for Maximillian Benecke’s departure from Team Redline earlier in the year. We’re not sure if that will affect his eligibility or ability to compete in the series, but if he does return, we know it won’t be with Redline.
These developments could mean that more drivers from the Contender Series move up. We expect that Lasse Bak should be moving up based on Bouteloup’s retirement. If Warren follows the same path as the rest of the works team, that should move Williams Esports’ Alessandro Bico back in.
No roster is available yet at the time of this posting, and for what it’s worth, there could be even more surprise moves made when the roster finally is announced.
Keep it pinned here at Traxion.GG as we’ll keep you up to date on any developments as they happen.