After a thrilling inaugural season of esports action earlier this year, SRO America will kick off Season 2 of GT World Challenge America Esports Competition, formerly GT Rivals, on Assetto Corsa Competizione.
With real-world racing concluding at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this month, the virtual series will offer a calendar of off-season sim racing with pros, sim racers and fans.
FCP Euro has joined the esports championship as the title partner.
The Connecticut-based company, a leading online source for European replacement auto parts, won the 2019 TC America TCR championship.
“We saw a big spike in excitement around eSports sim racing this spring while there was a brief pause in in-person racing,” said Michael Hurczyn, brand and partnerships director at FCP Euro.
“It is great to have another way to get FCP Euro and our partners in-front of a new community of enthusiasts.”
Nate Vincent, director of motorsport at FCP Euro added: “The level of simulation is so close to the real thing, it’s easy to understand why so many racers are incorporating it into their training regimen. We are looking forward to getting back to competition in GT machinery in Season 2.”
For Season 2, FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports introduces a new mixed grid format with GT3 and GT4 sharing the track for the first time.
The format of 60-minute races will remain unchanged, with GT3 entries reserved for real-world pro drivers competing in various SRO championships along with sim racing professionals.
The GT4 class will offer fans the opportunity to race their way into FCP Euro GT World Challenge Esports competition through an online hot lap qualifier and feature race for the top 30 times. The qualifying race will serve as the final test to make the field for the season.
In addition, this season will feature two special invitational events.
The first, a homage to SRO’s premier endurance event – the Total 24 Hours of Spa – with a six-hour, multi-driver endurance event at Spa-Francorchamps. The second special event will be announced at a later date.
Each round will be streamed live on SRO’s YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter channels at 3 p.m. ET with commentators Kyle Heyer and Ryan Myrehn.
Registration is now open for the GT4 Category. This is open to all sim racers, regardless of skill level, to race your way into the season in the GT4 class. Click Here to register.
FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports Championship Schedule:
Oct. 25 — 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Invitational
Nov. 8 — Nürburgring
Nov. 22 — Bathurst
Dec. 6 – Zandvoort
Dev. 20 — Monza
Jan. 10 — Laguna Seca
TBA — Special Event