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Porsche Denmark partners with ESR

Porsche Denmark partners with ESR

30 drivers will fight for the DM title in 2023

For the third season in a row, Porsche Denmark is behind the official Danish championship of digital motorsport, Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark. As many as 30 drivers will fight for the championship title, which starts in January.

For the past two years, Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark has offered top-level racing. The official Danish championship of digital motorsport, organized by ESR and Porsche Denmark, has set the stage for the best Danish esports drivers and at the same time provided entertainment to a growing crowd of fans.

Now the third round of the hard-fought championship is ready for the green flag, and this time a total of 30 drivers divided into 15 teams will compete for a total prize pool of DKK 80,000. Who gets the opportunity to participate in the 2023 edition of the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark will be decided by a large-scale pre-qualification, which will be held in the between the 9th and 12th of  December.

For those drivers who do not get through the eye of the needle, there will be a new opportunity to compete in the Talent Cup. This new championship will act as an incubator for fast young talents who dream of fighting in the Carrera Cup. In addition to the new talent series, the 2023 season also sees the debut of the 911 Trophy, where all esports drivers can sign up, regardless of their  level.

The new season of the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark also offers even better opportunities for the many fans, as all divisions of both the Carrera Cup as well as the Talent Cup and 911 Trophy are streamed by ESR directly on YouTube. The first division of the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark takes place on the 12th of January and then every other Thursday until the final on the 23rd of March – while the Talent Cup and 911 Trophy take place the following Tuesdays.

– At Porsche Denmark, we prioritize being active in motorsport, because it underpins the core of our brand’s history. Through esports, we have the opportunity to reach a younger and more tech-oriented audience, which matches reality in a world where our products are becoming more and more digital. Together with ESR, we have succeeded in developing a serious and attractive championship, which attracts the best Danish esports drivers and has created a strong fan base. The fact that the reigning champion, Mikkel Gade, has embarked on a Formula 4 career in the USA this year is proof of the talents we are dealing with. We are looking forward to another season with lots of entertaining races, where the Talent Cup and 911 Trophy give even more drivers the opportunity to try their hand at digital motorsport, says Katrine Bleeg, head of PR and marketing at Porsche Denmark.

– We are very happy to be able to continue the collaboration with Porsche Denmark. This means that we can keep the professional execution at the highest level and at the same time ensure good exposure for both teams and drivers. In recent years, digital motorsport has experienced enormous growth, and the professional commitment among teams and drivers must be said to have reached new heights. That’s why it will be exciting to see which drivers and teams are ready on the grid when the new season starts, says Promoter, Thor Alexander Qualmann.

Facts about Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark

Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark is the official Danish championship in digital motorsport under the Danish Automobile Sports Union and the Danish Sports Confederation. Drivers from both real and virtual motorsport participate in the championship, and all races are commentated and streamed live by ESR on YouTube. For the 2023 season, the field consists of 15 teams and 30 drivers, who qualify via an open pre-qualification. Participation in the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup requires an iRacing C license as well as an iRating of at least 3,500, and each team must be managed by a team manager. There is a driver’s championship, a team’s championship and an under 18 championship, and there is a total prize pool of DKK 80,000. The 2023 season also offers two new support series, Talent Cup as well as the 911 Trophy.

2023 Calendar 

 

Round Date Track Championship
Round 1  12/1/2023 Circuit de Barcelona PECCDK
Round 1 17/1/2023 Circuit de Barcelona PECCDK Talent Cup, 911 Trophy
Round 2  26/1/2023 Daytona Speedway  PECCDK
Round 2 31/1/2023 Daytona Speedway PECCDK Talent Cup, 911 Trophy
Round 3 9/2/2023 Fuji Speedway PECCDK
Round 3 14/2/2023 Fuji Speedway PECCDK Talent Cup, 911 Trophy
Round 4 23/2/2023 Road America  PECDDK
Round 4 28/2/2023 Road America PECCDK Talent Cup, 911 Trophy
Round 5 9/3/2023 Silverstone GP PECCDK
Round 5 14/3/2023 Silverstone GP PECCDK Talent Cup, 911 Trophy
Round 6 23/3/2023 Hockenheimring PECCDK
Round 6 28/3/2023 Hockenheimring PECCDK Talent Cup, 911 Trophy
Fantastic Final

Fantastic Final

The Final Round of the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark was held as a live event on the Gamebox Festival in Herning.

14 Finalist were driving live on stage with national TV broadcast and a live audience counting roughly 1000 people. The Danish TV celebrity, Felix Smith, was host at the event venue, with the company of Race Driver, Jan Magnussen.

The two final races had some of the best fights so far in the season. The fight stood between the two championship contenders, Mikkel Gade (FYRA SimSport) Lasse Bak (Team Flexleasing.nu) and Kevin Nielsen (FYRA SimSport)

Check out the final standings in Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark via this link

Porsche x ESR

During the three days Gamebox Festival, ESR and Porsche was having time attack competitions as well as on PRO / AM Race. The PRO drivers counted drivers from the Danish Championship, the AM drivers was invited streamers, tv celebritires and influencers. The race caught great attention, with a big audience around the booth during the entertaining race.

In the ESR Time Attack competition, more than 500 people participated during the three days.

The two fastest drivers from the ESR Time Attack were brought to the live show , in order to compete in a 2-lap time qualify against each other, during the warm up between the two races. The winner won a passenger hot-lap in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, number two won a Gaming Monitor sponsored by Shark Gaming.

PECCDK Finals

PECCDK Finals

The final round of the Official Danish Championship in Digital Motorsport, the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark, will be held in connection with the Gamebox Festival on 23 April.

The festival takes place in MCH Messecenter Herning, where it will be possible for the first time to watch the digital race as a spectator. TV Host Felix Smith will, together with Race Driver Jan Magnussen, entertain the audience, while the commentators from TV 2 SPORT comment on the two races live.

“We are excited to be part of Denmark’s largest gaming festival and look forward to involving spectators in the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark for the first time. In addition to the final, you can find Porsche Denmark and ESR – Esport Racing at the festival all weekend, where you have the opportunity to try your hand at a simulator, win great prizes and hang out with us in the Porsche lounge” Says Ann-Sophie Dam, Porsche Denmark

Find tickets for Gamebox Festival here or watch TV 2 SPORT or TV 2 PLAY, when Ulrik Jönsson, Jens Winther and Mikkel Jensen broadcast live from the finals.

PORSCHE TIME ATTACK

Are you the fastest man behind the wheel of a virtual Porsche Cayman GT4? If you can step on the accelerator and at the same time keep the car on the track, you have the chance to win the coolest prizes at Porsche Denmark’s stand at Gamebox in Herning.

Everyone who participates on Friday and Saturday is vying to end up in a head-to-head time trial competition. This competition takes place on stage during Saturday’s final in the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark.

PRICES

  • Winner of time attack head-to-head: High Speed ​​Passenger Tour in Porsche Race Car
  • Number two in time attack head-to-head: 34 ”Shark Gaming Monitor
  • Winner of Sunday’s Time Attack: Steelseries Arctic Gaming Headset
  • Sparco Hyper Gaming Gloves

PRIZES SPONSORED BY
Porsche Denmark, Shark Gaming, Steelseries, Sparco

RACE OF HERNING

RACE OF HERNING
On Saturday 23 April at 12:00, Porsche Denmark and ESR will hold a show race at the Porsche stand in hall M for Gamebox Festival 2022. During the race, race drivers, streamers and other well-known Danes will compete.

The competition is only for invited participants, who form a total of six teams after the draw. The teams consist of AM riders and PRO riders. The AM drivers are participants who are not familiar with sim racing or motorsport in general. AM can, for example, consist of celebrities or streamers, where PRO drivers will typically consist of skilled sim racers and race drivers.

The teams receive 45 minutes of training, after which qualification is run for 10 minutes followed by a race of 20 minutes. Here, the team must change runs midway through the race. The competition takes place in the game iRacing on the track Hockenheim National, and the car model will be a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 with Fixed Setup.

PECCDK : Strategic fights at Daytona

PECCDK : Strategic fights at Daytona

The expectations for a dramatic race were met to a very high level, when the fourth section of the Porsche Esport Carrera Cup Denmark was held at Daytona International Speedway.

Be fast – and smart

Daytona International Speedway laid virtual asphalt for the fourth division of the 2021/2022 season of the Porsche Esport Carrera Cup Denmark. And the expectations for a wild race were so absolutely met – but without moving around to the top of the championship position. 

 

“The special thing about Daytona is that three quarters of the course is an oval course with full throttle, which provides extreme opportunities for slipstreaming – that is, utilizing the hole in the air to catch up with your competitors. It can be a disadvantage to be at the forefront, which means your tactics need to be different than usual. It’s actually more about being smart than being fast, ”said racing driver Mikkel Jensen, who together with motorsport commentator Jens Winther formed the expert team in the live studio at TV 2 SPORT. Shortly before the race the Daytona track was given a number of updates through the iRacing platform.

 

 “It simply came to our notice then. The updates are due to the fact that the physical Daytona track has just been updated as a prelude to the 24-hour race later this month. Such changes at the last minute only add up to even more excitement, and perhaps some of the drivers we do not normally see at the top can suddenly make an impact, ” said Mikkel Jensen. And he was right.

 

Race 1

After an exciting qualification, where the three fastest in the championship position failed to place in the front – Mikkel Gade (FYRA SimSport) could just squeeze into a fourth place, while the championship leader Lasse Bak (Team Flexlease.nu by FYRA) had to settle for a 14th place and Martin Christensen (Team Flexlease.nu by FYRA) an eighth place – it was instead Lucas Daugaard (VG Racing Apex Academy) and Marcus Jensen (P1 Esport) who secured the front row for the first race at Daytona. Daugaard had a challenging start. Mikkel Gade took second place even before the first turn. Already in the second round of the race, drama arose when Malte Ebdrup (P1 Esport) spun around and created a traffic jam with a number of crashes as a result. 

While especially Marcus Jensen, Lasse Daugaard and Mikkel Gade fought hard for the lead, they generally went for it further down the field. Bastian Buus (Porsche Denmark Esport), for example, was flying and had moved up from a 13th place to a second place in the second half of the race, when he had to collect a penalty for hitting a competitor. In the meantime, both Lasse Bak and Martin Christensen had reached the very top of the field, and Bak was briefly leading on the last lap, but a cunning Lasse Daugaard still managed to slipstream to an incredibly close victory. Thus, Daugaard won the race with just 0.004 seconds ahead of Lasse Bak, while Martin Christensen, who secured the fastest lap time of the race, finished in third place – only 0.013 seconds behind the winner.

Race 2

As the top 10 places on the starting grid in the department’s second race are traditionally lined up in reverse order based on the first race result, it was teammates Louie Stockfleth and Michael Pedersen (Global Car Leasing) and Rasmus Busk (Odense Gokart Hal), who had to start P1, P2 and P3. Already in the first turn there was a change of positions, when Kevin Nielsen (FYRA SimSport) snatched the lead, Mikkel Gade was also flying and took second place on the way into the second round – and secured the lead in the third. Martin Christensen, however, had to walk through the pit as a penalty for hitting a competitor.

Things went better for teammate Lasse Bak, who in the ninth lap had achieved having exchanged his ninth place on the starting grid for a lead in the race. It was again incredibly close – only 0.6 seconds between the first five cars in the 10th lap – and some drivers also escaped the boxing matches without penalty. Thus, an otherwise lightning-fast Bastian Buus again had to take a trip through the pitlane, while teammate Frederik Kjeldgaard had to back two positions as penalty for a collision.

The end of the race even ended up being an incredibly intense affair. Lasse Bak was again leading at the end of the bus stop chicane, but still ended up completely off the podium when he was overtaken by Kevin Nielsen, Mikkel Gade and Lucas Daugaard, who slipped to a victory, a second and a third place respectively. Nielsen and Gade, by the way, in a crushing close fight with less than one thousandth of a second gap over the finish line!

Christensen loses ground

While the fourth Round of the Porsche Esport Carrera Cup Denmark offered a surprise in the form of Lucas Daugaard, who after tonight’s strong results rose from a 15th to a 10th place in the championship position, there were no replacements at the top of the field. Midway through the championship, Lasse Bak is still leading, while last year’s Danish champion, Mikkel Gade, holds second place – albeit with a shorter distance than before. Martin Christensen, on the other hand, had a disastrous second race, which caused him to lose ground. Christensen retains his third place, but Casper Lund and Kevin Nielsen in fourth and fifth place are now starting to get close. The next section of the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Denmark will take place on the virtual version of American Road Atlanta on Tuesday 1 February and will be broadcast on TV 2 SPORT from 20.30.

 

Original Text: Nikolaj Karlshøj
Translation : ESR
Photo: Esport Racing
Video: Field Production