DTM has become the latest series to enter the virtual world but with a unique format that will showcase a variety of historic cars.
The DTM esports Classic Challenge, run in association with RaceRoom, will be contested every weekend in May, featuring 15 past and present DTM drivers alongside virtual racing influencers and sim racers.
Each round will draw from DTM’s history, using cars from 1992, 2013, 2014 and 2016, allowing the series’ current crop of drivers to race virtually in the cars driven by their predecessors.
It will get underway on Sunday, May 3, with races every Sunday at 2 p.m. CEST (8 a.m. EDT / 1 p.m. BST) until May 31.
The era of cars that will be used for the final race is yet to be announced, as are the circuits for each round.
“With real-world tracks closed internationally due to the coronavirus, we have seen a huge surge in online racing,” commented ITR’s managing director Marcel Mohaupt.
“Now, with the world’s top drivers all keen to compete, and with high-end PCs and a wheel-and-pedal setup narrowing the gap between the real and the virtual, esports have become an increasingly common element of motorsport life.
“The DTM esports Classic Challenge is open to anyone who has the skill and commitment to pit themselves against some of the DTM’s best drivers.
“Who knows, perhaps we’ll find a new sim racing superstar through this competition? Our priority right now is to fill the gap for fans left wanting to see classic and modern DTM machinery raced by some of the sport’s biggest racing personalities.”
2020 DTM esports Classic Challenge Schedule
May 3 – 1992 DTM cars, track TBA
May 10 – 2013 DTM cars, track TBA
May 17 – 2014 DTM cars, track TBA
May 24 – 2016 DTM cars – track TBA
May 31 – cars TBA, track TBA