Next week’s esports racing highlights have a lot of potential for early decisions.
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The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Championship Series in iRacing heads into Round 5. The incredibly stacked line-up features point leader Evan Seay, 2020 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series competitor Casey Kirwan and inaugural series champion Zach Leonhardi.
Many eyes are going to be on the Canadian Alex Bergeron, though. The two-time iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship winner is behind expectations, currently placing eight with 217 points after four races. Seay has gained as many as 270 points and is closely followed by Dylan Wilson (265) and Hayden Cardwell (247). However, the point system of the series allows for exciting turns, as a player can earn 84 points on a single race day, if they win everything.
Don’t miss the action and tune in to iRacing’s YouTube channel on Monday, July 20. The race begins at 8 PM ET (2 AM CEST on July 21).
Who’s gonna stop Beitske Visser?
Slowly but surely Beitske Visser becomes the unstoppable point leader in the iRacing W Series Esports League 2020. After Round 6 at Watkins Glen International, the Dutchwoman has still a comfortable 50-point lead to Irina Sidorkova on second place. With only four more rounds to go, Visser is currently the hot favorite taking the championship.
However, with Marta Garcia, another notable opponent has started a pursuit. Although she is currently down 70 points, she has displayed great results on the past race days. If Visser was to slip, Garcia and Sidorkova could certainly take advantage of that and bridge the gap – but this needs to happen soon, before the 25-year-old has reached a safe buffer that guarantees her championship.
The next race takes the all-women series to Suzuka, Japan, on July 23. You can watch the race live on the official W Series YouTube channel at 8 PM CEST.
Who goes the extra mile in WTCR final
This weekend features the final of the Pre-Season Esports WTCR Championship 2020 in RaceRoom. At the iconic circuit of Sepang it will be lights out for the last time. The excitement is definitely palpable, as five drivers have a realistic chance of becoming the first virtual WTCR Pre-season champion.
Yann Ehrlacher is in the prime position to achieve this at 157 points. The Frenchman has won only two races but placed consistently high enough to establish a lead of nine points in the standings. His closest pursuer is Norbert Michelisz at 147 points. Last year’s WTCR champion has had a bumpy start but redeemed himself with back-to-back victories
Third place Mikel Azcona has missed the top spot in a race all too often this Pre-season, yet he accrued 140 points. His consistent top-three finishes him the dark horse for the championship after finally achieving victory last time in Macau. Mato Homola and Esteban Guerrieri are fourth and fifth with 130 and 131 points. Their fighting chances are comparably slim. Especially Guerrieri must be disappointed with his current results, given a win and three poles in the opening stages of the series. The Sepang circuit is not known to produce the most surprising results but maybe that will be the deciding factor. When it comes to consistency both Ehrlacher and Azcona are safe bets.
To watch the action tune in to FIA WTCR’s YouTube channel on Sunday, July 19 at 11 PM GMT (12AM CEST, July 20).