Sim Racing Esports Events summary
We’ve been treated to some remarkable esports racing events in recent weeks, starring some of the biggest names in virtual and real-world racing, and there’s much more to come! Here’s a selection of what we have to look forward to:
F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix
What is it: F1 2019-based competition running in place of every postponed Grand Prix. Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was be among the guest stars logging on to show off his sim-racing skills at the Virtual Monaco Grand Prix, on Codemasters' F1 2019 game. Aubameyang, Ocon and Bottas were be joined by Virtual GP regulars Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Nicholas Latifi and George Russell. A Pro Exhibition Race starring the full lineup of sim racers from the F1 Esports Pro Series precedes each Virtual GP. An estimated 18.9 million people watched the first four events.
When: Most recent race took place Sunday May 24.
Where: Official Formula 1 YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/Formula1/featured), Twitch, Weibo, Facebook, and selected international TV broadcast partners.
Monaco highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzW-4bVGl40
SRO E-Sport GT Series
What is it: Assetto Corsa Competizione-based, five-round championship and grand finale. Separate classes for real-world drivers, top sim racers, and public qualifiers. Fanatec joins as Official Partner.
When: Round 4 starts May 31st, full schedule available here: https://sro-esport.com/
Where: All races broadcast globally on GT-World-Challenge.com, the GT World YouTube channel, and the SRO Motorsports Twitch and Facebook pages. Motor Trend On Demand, The Race and Motorsport.com also air coverage. More information here: https://sro-esport.com/sro-e-sport-gt-series-confirms-extensive-television-and-online-coverage-for-2020-championship/
Previous round replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBAoZvnN8xU
ABB Formula E Race At Home Challenge
What is it: rFactor 2-based, nine-event fundraising partnership with UNICEF. All-electric street racing esports competition featuring all the teams and drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as well as a selection of top sim racers.
When: Next round Saturday May 30 at 1630 CET (started April 18th, every Saturday until June 13th)
Previous round highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw-PeObOGDE
eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series
What is it: iRacing-based exhibition series featuring a cross-section of competitors from the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, and a group of NASCAR dignitaries.
When: Final race took place on Saturday May 9 at 2100 CET (North Wilkesboro Speedway)
Where: Full race replays on official NASCAR Youtube channel, broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 in the US. Full schedule and race replays available here: https://www.enascar.com/iracing-pro-invitational-series/
Final round highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1dPzrW0i_c
The Race All-Star Series
What is it: rFactor 2-based, five-round campaign featuring a pro-driver competition with two-car entries from Mercedes-Benz-AMG Petronas Esports, Aston Martin, BMW, Williams Esports, Bentley, and Venturi. Pro racing drivers and sim racers compete in two separate categories, plus the Legends Trophy, starring Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jenson Button, and many other motorsports stars.
When: Next round Saturday May 30 at 1800 CET
Where: The Race YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8iZ48hdoEQ), ESPN in the US.
Previous round replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHv0ghX26e0
‘Not the … GP’ Series
What is it: F1 2019-based alternative series to the Virtual Grand Prix with a variable format to raise money in support of UNICEF. Top drivers and other famous names including Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris.
When: Most recent race took place Saturday May 23.
Where: Veloce Esports Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/Veloce_Esports
Previous round highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKbfiXqitQA
Porsche Community Legends
What is it: RaceRoom-based, open-to-all sim racing challenge. In the grand finale, the Top 5 racers of each weekly final get the chance to compete against Porsche Factory Drivers, and can win sim racing hardware from Fanatec.
When: 3rd weekly qualifying round May 3-8, 3rd weekly final: May 12, Grand Final May 18.
Previous round replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWOVwLTxpTE
DTM Esports Challenge
What is it: RaceRoom-based DTM challenge - a field of 15 invited DTM Allstars (a mix of current DTM drivers, former DTM drivers, DTM Trophy drivers, Influencers/VIPs) is joined by 5 Challengers for 5 live racing events during May 2020.
When: Round 5 starts May 31, 2pm CET
Where: 'The Race' YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWCUwqTgGv8
Previous round replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7TpNEVYTyU
BP Supercars All-Star Eseries
What is it: iRacing-based Supercars 10-week race series with the full line-up of real-world Supercars drivers.
When: Series started April 8, and is live from 7pm – 9pm AEST every Wednesday night. Full schedule available here: https://www.supercars.com/allstars/schedule/
Where: The action will be broadcast on Fox Sports 506, Kayo, Supercars.com, Supercars Facebook Page and Supercars Teams' Facebook Pages, and via motorsport.tv.
Previous highlights: https://motorsport.tv/program/bp-supercars-all-stars-eseries/2060