The American Sportscar championship makes its first foray into the virtual racing world in collaboration with VCO Esports on iRacing.
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This weekend sees the first of four rounds for the IMSA Esports Global Championship, in which teams of two drivers race GT3 or TCR machinery around four iconic American racing circuits. It’s the first series of its kind with the direct involvement of the North American sports car racing sanctioning body.
Events last 2 hours and 40 minutes, and will all take place on iRacing. GT3 entrants can choose between cars from Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, BMW, McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini whilst the TCR cars available are from Honda and Hyundai.
What does it involve?
30 GT3 (five per manufacturer) and 14 TCR (seven per manufacturer) entrants will line up for the first race this weekend. The usual crop of teams from the world of esports racing have signed up, with big name esports teams like Arnage, Dörr, Altus, Biela, Aspar, Williams, Brabham, Redline, BS+, URANO, Apex and R8G all appearing on the entry list. The full entry list can be seen here.
This Sunday sees the teams tackling Road Atlanta. The circuit will be fresh in the minds of North American sportscar fans since the real world Petit Le Mans took place two weeks ago and last week was the Petit Le Mans iRacing Special Event. After the IMSA Esports Global Championship opener, competitors will only wait a week before Round 2, which will be on the Laguna Seca circuit.
The final two rounds will be held on America’s two most iconic ‘roval’ courses, Indianapolis on 6 November and Daytona on 20 November. All events are broadcast on VCO’s official Twitch and YouTube channels at 8pm European time, except for Round 2 which will be at 6pm European time.
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