The British GT Esports Cup sees the real-world championship team up with Motorsport UK Esports and Simracing.gp to create a new sim racing competition.
The Intelligent Money British GT Championship will return to the sim racing esports scene with a new competition later this year.
Logically, the competition will utilise the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform, with its roster of GT3 cars, dynamic weather conditions and available British circuits (plus Spa-Francorchamps).
The aim is to have a blend of professional sim racers mixed with community participants – with each of the 40 entry slots including two drives. One designated ‘Pro’ and one ‘Am’.
Competitive online platform Simracing.gp will be the host, with participants determined by its native ranking system. Five races minimum on the service is required to gather an accurate score.
“In 2015 British GT became the first SRO series to stage an officially sanctioned esports championship,” says Lauren Granville, Intelligent Money British GT Championship Manager.
“Now, after a two-year hiatus, I’m delighted to see it return with a new format and under new management on the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform.
“Motorsport UK already organises several national sim series, while the SimRacing.GP team is one of the best in the business. The new format will also allow gamers of all abilities to compete – a significant change from British GT’s last esports championship in 2021 and the wider current SRO Esports environment.”
Motorsport UK Esports Seal Of Approval
As you may gather from Granville’s statement, Motorsport UK Esports is involved with the Cup, providing its support. Following a spate of virtual events on iRacing, such as British F4 Esports, this is the first Motorsport UK-partnered event to use ACC.
Prizes for the top three teams include hospitality tickets to real-world British GT events, plus randomly attributed Next Level Racing sim equipment.
“It feels great to finally announce our first championship on the ACC platform,” says Paul Crawford, Motorsport UK Esports Manager.
“The fact that this is in collaboration with such a prestigious championship in British GT makes it all the more worth the wait.
“This championship comes as an excellent addition to our Motorsport UK Esports membership allowing all members to compete in the championship at no additional cost.”
The season will consist of six rounds, with a mix of sprint events (two 60-minute races) and even one three-hour race. Entry is open for those with a Motorsport UK Esports membership, while the governing body will provide live race coverage on its streaming platform.
The first round is 3rd February, while the finale is scheduled for 16th March 2024.
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