Josh Hurley put a stamp on the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship on Saturday afternoon with a victory and third-place finish on a virtual Silverstone Circuit. The Californian secured the inaugural championship title, $20,000 in cash and prizes, a seat at the end-of-season champions awards banquet, and a Crystal Sensations trophy.

Hurley entered the finale three points behind leader Tyler Kicera. But, with Kicera’s typical fast speeds hindered by a 40kg weight penalty that carried over from the previous round, Hurley was able to move closer to the title with bonus points for qualifying on pole with a fast time of 1m59.808s.

The feat tied up the championship entering the opening round, ratcheting up the drama ahead of the Saturday afternoon double header.

“I really thought Tyler (Kicera) deserved the championship as much as me,” said Hurley. “If either of us won, I’d be a happy guy. It’s great to win a championship again — it’s been awhile [2008, TDI Cup]. I’m super excited and hoping, just maybe we can (use this) to show what we can do in a real car, even if it’s