- Nearly 400 virtual racers battled for victory in three weekly Rivals Qualifying Races
- The 16 top racers faced off live in the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup - Grand Finals
- Viewers from across the region tuned in to share in the thrill of the finale race live on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook
After three rounds of intensely close Rival Qualifying Races, and an action-packed Grand Final that was neck-and-neck down to the last seconds, Taylor Smith, also known by his gamer tag LagALot IG, from Australia triumphed as the first titleholder of the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup.
The first regional Esports tournament presented by Porsche Asia Pacific and Porsche Australia, in partnership with Forza Motorsport 7, saw nearly 400 virtual drivers from 14 countries putting their racing skills to the test, taking three iconic Porsche race cars, the 918 Spyder, 919 Hybrid, and 911 GT3 RS, onto three of the world's most challenging tracks at Bathurst, the Nuerburgring, and Le Mans.
Claire Jedrek and Yuey Tan, two of the most prolific racers in Asia, shared their expert analysis as commentators for the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup - Grand Finals, broadcasted live from Singapore on 31 October. 16 of the region's best virtual racers from Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand came together in the ultimate battle for glory in a Cayman GT4 Clubsport on two legendary racing circuits at Silverstone and the Hockenheimring. LagALot IG/ Taylor Smith eventually emerged as the first champion in the nail-biting finals, beating out the runner-up with just one point.
"Every Porsche is a sports car, and as such, racing is ingrained in our DNA. We have always been driven by sharing this passion with our fans from all over the world. The way Porsche is committed to motorsport has evolved together with the discipline. It's exciting to bring players of different nationalities together online, and see fans enthusiastically embracing this Esports tournament with us. We look forward to taking the possibilities even further in the future, and welcoming new enthusiasts to the Porsche community," said Janine Dietzel, responsible for Experiential Marketing at Porsche Asia Pacific.
"The Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup has been relentlessly action-packed right from the start, and the two races from the Grand Finals were even more intense than I'd imagined! Not only is it an incredible honour to be the first titleholder of the tournament, it's also particularly meaningful as it's my very first win as well. I can't wait to test myself in an actual Porsche cockpit soon - it'll be my first trip out of Australia, and I'm thrilled that it will take me straight to such an iconic racing circuit," said LagALot IG/ Taylor Smith, from Australia.
After conquering five virtual tracks, LagALot IG/ Taylor Smith also won the coveted opportunity to race on the iconic Hockenheimring in real life. LagALot IG/ Taylor Smith will enjoy an all-expenses-paid driving programme at the newest Porsche Experience Centre in Germany in 2021, to further master his racing skills.
All 16 finalists and the three podium winners received prizes from the Porsche Driver's Selection and HUGO BOSS, the official sponsor of the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup.
To watch the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup - Grand Finals, and view the final standings, please visit https://porscheapforzacup.com.
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AAS Auto Service (AAS), the sole authorised importer and distributor of Porsche cars in Thailand, operates from four world-class Porsche sales locations across Bangkok. It is an accredited Porsche Classic Partner, the only one in the Porsche Asia Pacific region. Having ten Porsche Certified Gold Technicians and nine Porsche Certified Silver Technicians underlines the strong technical and Aftersales competency of AAS, which has been recognised over the last few years with the global Porsche Service Excellence Award. Over 30 years, AAS continues to practice the company policy "AAS Looking After You and Your Car", in order to achieve the mission of "AAS The Name You Can Trust".