The Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Scandinavia went into its first season in 2019, and it was quite the spectacle, with a LAN final in Stockholm, live on television, and a prize pool of 100.000 Swedish Krona.
The championship started online, with four rounds, 8 races total, on four Swedish classic race tracks: Ring Knutstorp, Anderstorp, Gelleråsen Arena and Mantorp Park. The car of choice: The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, painted in the colours of legendary Porsche race cars. With over 2000 drivers trying to qualify, the competition was tough, and from the 12 simracers that qualified for the final, 6 of them won a race.
The final took place in Stockholm, Sweden, in the Porsche Center Danderyd, which was completely redecorated for the Esports final and featured a big stage and videowall for the event. RaceRoom presented their new event simulators with Lenovo ThinkVision curved monitors and PCs, Ascher steering wheel, Simucube base and Heusinkveld pedals.
Robin Nilsson and former F3000 champion Björn Wirdheim commentated the races, which were streamed live online and on Swedish television channel Viasat Motor. Over 100 people, including Swedish racing stars like Daniel Haglöf and Esports legend Heaton followed it live on site.
In the races, Mattias Stahre was unstoppable. The Swede, who already scored the most points in the online competition, managed to win every single of the three races in the final.
Tobias Olsson, the simracing champion of the Swedish motorsport authority SBF, and Kimmy Larsson, member of the Sauber Esports team, had a fierce battle for P2. Olsson took two pole positions and was leading the final race in Mantorp Park, when he spun off defending from Stahre. As Larsson also made a mistake though, it was enough for Olsson to bring home P2.
A VIP race of the real Carrera Cup drivers rounded off the evening. Fingers crossed for a follow-up season in 2020!