Exciting finale for the 2022 Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge Canada

Phil Bouchard wins virtual one-make championship with the 911 GT3 Cup; Ian Gagnon-Renaud finishes first in the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport category

Race 8 - Finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario

Toronto (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge Canada virtual one-make series saw its last race of the season disputed at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The third edition of the championship contested on iRacing welcomed two winners to the top step: Phil Bouchard in a digital version of the 911 GT3 Cup car, and Ian Gagnon-Renaud atop the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport class.

“We were delighted with the season’s results which received further amplification this year thanks to our official timing partner TAG Heuer and broadcasting each round through Twitch on the Porsche channel,” said Marc Ouayoun, President and CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “The social media platform involved followers by allowing them to engage in two-way communication.”

As the winners of the 2022 Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge Canada, Bouchard and Gagnon-Renaud will each have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the brand’s sports cars at the Porsche Track Experience program on July 23.

Sim racers entered were able to compete virtually on the iRacing.com platform and be eligible to win prizes including getting behind the wheel of a Porsche on track. The first of eight races began in March once the top 40 drivers across the country had been identified through an intense qualification phase. The racers then took the wheel of either a digital version of the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport mid-engine racecar or the newest 911 GT3 Cup Car, depending on their qualifying result.

This year, notable Porsche partners joined the virtual series with awareness on the virtual cars and prize inclusions. TAG Heuer logos were visible during the race broadcasts as the Official Timing Partner, as well as on the front windscreen and rear spoiler of each virtual racecar. The class champions were outfitted with TAG Heuer Connected Watches for their great performances, as well as additional prizes for the podium finishers. Bose branding was visible on the side number plates of all virtual racecars. Competitors that finished seventh or better in their class received premium Bose noise cancelling headphones.