A record number of FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports entries are scheduled to take the green flag for the first round of season two at virtual Nürburgring on Sunday.
Fifty entries representing 12 GT3 and nine GT4 manufacturers kickoff the five-round sim racing championship on Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official game of GT World Challenge powered by AWS.
This season features a new-look mixed-class grid with bragging rights and championship prizing on the line from FCP Euro, ASUS Republic of Gamers, and Fanatec.
Established sim racers will take on real=world Pros in the GT3 category for overall honors, with GT4 entrants earning their way into the show through a public qualifier.
The second season of SRO America Esports competition will be broadcast live Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on SRO’s GT World YouTube Channel, SRO Motorsports’ Twitch channel, GT World Challenge America Facebook and Twitter.
Heitkotter Returns to New Challengers
After dominating Season 1 with five wins, Bryan Heitkotter returns racing for Forsberg Racing with his Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO.
He’ll be joined by Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg in the second Forsberg Racing Nissan entry.
Season two partners FCP Euro will field two Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars with 2019 TC America TCR Champion Michael Hurczyn and runner-up Nate Vincent making their sim racing debut.
Champion Motorsports brings an army of sim racers to the fight with season one race winner Josh Staffin (Lexus RC F GT3), Dirk Groeneveld (Porsche 911 GT3 R), Hamza Gulzar (Mercedes), Jonathan Lee (Porsche), and Branden Ouellet (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo).
In addition, CMS’s Pro Red team will feature Chris Bruno (Lamborghini) and Matthew Marlow (Lamborghini). With the CMS Green team of Drake Burgoon (Bentley Continental GT3) and Matthew Santiago (Lamborghini).
Acura, who took top honors in last season’s Bathurst round, return with race winner Karl Wittmer driving for HPD / Honda Racing and TC America racer Sally McNulty.
Pirelli GT4 America racers Jason Alexandridis, Ben Anderson, and Ryan Dexter will pilot Aston Martin Vantage GT3 cars. With Nelson Mason returning in the maceRace esports with Racers360 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo.
TC America’s Vinnie Lima will make his SRO esports debut in the NGP Motorsport’s Audi as well.
Classic BMW with Fast Track Racing fields a trio of BMW M6 GT3 racers with Toby Grahovec, Jacob Ruud, and Kurt Wittmer driving. Jon Miller is set to compete in a BMW with ST Racing after a strong season in GT4 America.
Haupt Racing Team, a series regular in GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, expanded to esports and will field two entries for Lukas Müller and Lucas Müller.
Both Müllers having extensive sim racing experience in Formula E and the virtual 24 Hours of LeMans this season.
SideMax Motorworks esports brings a strong duo of sim racers with Michael Kundakcioglu in a Mercedes and Sam Cairns in the Bentley.
Kundakcioglu was a standout racers in the GT World Challenge Europe Am esports championship and Cairns a young talent winning the SimGrid Silver Euro Cup championship.
GTWC Europe esports racer Philippe Simard will make his American debut with the Ferrari 488 GT3.
Simard races with K-PAX Racing with SIRIO eSports earlier this year. Trans-Am driver Dylan Archer will also join season two in the Archer Brothers Esports McLaren 720S GT3.
Racing Line Motorsports enters Troy Barman, a regular Champion Motorsports league sim racer, in a Mercedes-AMG GT3. Sim racer Cody Blanton will also showcase his talents behind the wheel of a Mercedes.