Rogers finds the candy spot for 2021 PESC championship win
Josh Rogers discovered a stability between endurance and aggression within the 2021 Porsche TAG Heuer eSports Supercup and credit that newly-sharpened skillset for his success within the collection this 12 months. Rogers wrapped up his second championship title within the collection final week at Le Mans with one spherical of the season nonetheless to run.
“My mentality from spherical one onwards was to be much more affected person. I even ended up placing a sticker on my wheel with the phrase [patience] on there simply to try to remind myself as a lot as I may,” Rogers advised RACER.
Rogers’ championship in 2021 is arguably the results of classes he realized in each the 2019 and 2020 seasons. In 2019, an excessive amount of aggression left him in hassle, touchdown him a one-race qualifying ban. (He nonetheless went on to win the championship that 12 months, although.) In 2020, he took a safer method within the first half that required a extra aggressive technique within the second half of the season – leaving him to accept second within the championship. Hanging a stability in 2021 was Rogers’ essential focus going into this season.
“[In 2019] I used to be positively making errors, perhaps going for dangers that I shouldn’t have,” he stated.
“In the end, I did get caught up in a few incidents, I did get the qualifying ban in 2019, simply from a number of too many incidents. That was positively a side I used to be making an attempt to work on for 2020. In the end, perhaps I used to be bit too cautious to start with after which ended up having to be overly aggressive in making an attempt to make up for losses, and that clearly didn’t work out. So this 12 months we tried to do a mixture of the 2, and be a little bit extra calculated with issues.
“I used to be additionally making an attempt to have a look at it from the standpoint of factors as nicely. Whereas it’s nice to win as many races as you’ll be able to, typically you is perhaps higher off ending P2 or P3 and making an attempt to perhaps choose up the items and go from there. I feel consistency this 12 months has been the strongest attribute [of mine].”
That extra calculated method labored nicely, as Rogers has received 9 races up to now and added one other 5 podiums. He at the moment holds a 193-point lead over Coanda Simsport teammate Mitchell deJong.
With a most of 85 factors out there per race weekend, Rogers’ lead is insurmountable. Nonetheless, although, issues can change shortly in such a aggressive collection with so many factors up for grabs every race.
Having such a agency grasp on the championship lead is “a bizarre feeling that you simply attempt to not let get to you,” Rogers defined.
“I used to be making an attempt to not take a look at the championship factors in any respect till we bought to Le Mans, till it was mathematically potential to seal it. I used to be simply making an attempt to take every spherical because it got here. In the event you do the very best job you’ll be able to each single spherical, in the long run its clearly going so as to add up. Attempting to not let it get to your head was the principle focus.”
As part of Coanda Simsport, one in all sim racing’s prime groups, Rogers lives in Germany along with his teammates in a home that features a state-of-the-art sim racing room. He moved into the home in February of 2020, simply earlier than the pandemic started.
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