Porsche Esports Carrera Cup GB had a flyaway round this week, with the competitors racing at the full Le Mans 24 Hour circuit – unusually for just a single, 11-lap race.
Kevin Ellis took pole position for the race, with a 4-minute 2.9-second lap time around the 8.47-mile track putting him just ahead of team-mate Jamie Fluke, with Red Bull duo Sebastian Job and Graham Carroll forming the second row.
Job immediately set about splitting the front row, and got himself up into second place by the Esses on the first lap. However, with 45 minutes between the cars and the finish line, nobody was willing to show their hand just yet as the race essentially became a battle for the slipstream down the circuit’s famous huge straights. The front nine cars managed to break away as a fairly cohesive pack, shuffling positions down each straight but not taking risks.
Predictably, the race exploded into life on the last lap, and at the slowest corner on track: Arnage. Having just negotiated Indianapolis almost three wide, Job and Fluke came into contact on the apex of Arnage. Job seemed to take a shallow line through the corner, cutting across the nose of Fluke’s car which also appeared to brake late, spinning both – with Fluke helped round by Carroll, who could do nothing to avoid it – and partly blocking Ellis’s route through. This parting of the waves allowed Carroll to take the lead, and he’d run to the finish line unopposed for his first win of the season – in a double-points race. Ellis kept second, with Bart Horsten picking up the final podium spot.
Pending a steward’s investigation into that final lap incident, Job still leads the championship from Ellis and Carroll behind him, but with six races remaining it’s a far smaller advantage than before.
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