Johnathan Hoggard is triumphant in the virtual edition of the Porsche Carrera Asia Cup
Former Deepings School race ace Johnathan Hoggard is set to be rewarded for his virtual victories with an exclusive prize.
Hoggard has followed up his triumph in the BRDC ESports Championship by claiming glory in the virtual edition of the Porsche Carrera Asia Cup.
He clinched the Porsche Dealer Trophy with a stunning 70-point advantage over his nearest challenger.
And that success has earned the 19-year-old an all-expenses paid trip to the Porsche Ice Experience in 2021.
The event marks the 10th Porsche Ice Experience in China and the programme will give drivers the opportunity to drift across a frozen lake while learning the fundamentals of extreme weather driving.
Hoggard will also have the opportunity to take Porsche’s all-electric Taycan out for a drive in the snow.
The coveted prize caps a terrific virtual campaign for Hoggard whose on-track campaign was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
He went into the last two rounds of the Sepang finale with a strong 26-point lead over nearest rival Benny Simonsen.
The qualifying for round seven saw the Team StarChase driver claim pole position ahead of Cooper Murray and Cui Yue with Simonsen unable to attend the final two races.
As the lights extinguised, Hoggard thundered out the starting grid and maintained his lead with an impeccable start to proceedings.
Murray kept hot on Hoggard’s heels for the duration of the race and were joined by Jackson Walls and Reid Harker.
Having spent the entire race around one second behind Hoggard, Murray put in a flawless performance to finish in second spot.
But he was unable to surpass the equally-flawless Hoggard who earned his second victory of the season in style.
The podium for round seven was completed by Harker who eventually managed to overcome Walls to finish third.
The final qualifying session of the season saw Hoggard earn his second pole of the day, finishing two-tenths of a second ahead of Yue who pipped Murray.
An accident ridden grid to start the race allowed Hoggard the chance to slip away from the pack with Yue pursuing him for the majority of the race.
As the two race leaders launched themselves ahead of the others, a three-way scramble in the chasing pack saw Murray record the fastest lap of the race.
As Yue continued to purse Hoggard, the Chinese driver slipped and had a wobble which enabled the leader to extend his advantage.
However, a similar wobble affected Hoggard shortly after Yue’s mishap which brought the top two closer together again.
But Yue over-extended his reach and allowed third-placed Harker to pass which proved disastrous as he slipped all the way down to 11th spot and saw his race - along with his championship hopes - ended.
Hoggard went to secure another lights-to-flag victory to secure a brace of victories and a pair of podium from two races.
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