In the third rendition of the search for the next Ferrari Esports driver, the series will not only visit a new platform but a new region as well.
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Ferrari’s expansion into esports led to the formation of the Ferrari Esports Series, which pit drivers against each other for a place in the Scuderia’s esports division. In the first running of the championship, it was who came out on top and he subsequently went on to win the SRO Esports GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with 2019 F1 Esports champion .
In 2021, claimed that ultimate prize and will race alongside Tonizza in GT World Challenge Esports Europe this season. All these Ferrari Esports Series seasons have so far taken place exclusively on Assetto Corsa but this upcoming season will also have drivers competing on Assetto Corsa Competizione. Not only that, but the search will expand to include drivers from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time!— FerrariEsports (@FerrariEsports) April 4, 2022
The #FerrariVelasEsportsSeries starts today with the first hot lap qualifier 🏁https://t.co/2XFzLS05sH@velasblockchain@SantanderGP@TMThrustmaster@Snapdragon@Richard_Mille@nextlvlracing@AC_assettocorsa#FerrariEsports pic.twitter.com/PlUKII82Ls
How does it work?
With the qualifiers having started on 4 April, players are able to begin hot lap qualifying which is the first of eight phases for players in Europe and America. On the original Assetto Corsa, players will be driving the 488 Challenge Evo whereas on ACC they’ll be using the 488 GT3 EVO.
After the hot lap qualifying, the top 24 enter into a qualifying race and the top three from all of these eight races automatically progress to their respective regional final (13 September for Europe, 14 September for North America). After both regional final races on each Assetto Corsa platform, the top three from Europe and North America will travel to Italy and compete in an on-site evaluation grand finale.
It will be there where the next Ferrari esports driver will be found in a winner-takes-all battle on 2 October that will feature what Ferrari are calling an “innovative format that will be disclosed just after the regional finals”.
FERRARI ESPORTS SERIES CHAMPION 2021! 🔥🏆— Kamil Pawlowski (khaki) (@khakiSimracing) December 14, 2021
I promised myself to come back stronger and better prepared from last year’s Finals to chase the dream once again! Hard work paid off – my biggest goal of 2021 has been accomplished, I cannot describe how happy I am! ❤ pic.twitter.com/rnwD05o7Nl
All the action can be followed on the official Ferrari Esports Twitch channel, and players can register their interest in participating here.
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