How To Watch Fanatec GT World Challenge at Monza

Garage59wins.jpg
The motorsport season is well and truly underway with many championships starting up. This weekend, it's the turn of the Fanatec GT World Challenge. Here's how to watch the action and all you need to know.

Image credit: Garage 59 on Newspress

Assetto Corsa Competizione is coming to the end of a stonking week having just updated to version 1.9, a game-changing update for the title. But GT3 attention switches to the real-world, specifically Monza this weekend as the championship ACC replicates, GT World Challenge gets underway.

Round 1 of Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe takes place at the Temple of Speed, Monza as GT3 machinery push flat-out for a 3-hour enduro. The weekend not only kicks off the overall season, but also the Endurace Cup. This is where the best of the best in GT spheres battle it out in preparation for iconic races like the Spa 24 and Paul Ricard 1000km later on this year.

What is GT World Challenge?​

GT World Challenge is split into multiple classes, each catering to driver combinations of different levels. Three drivers will share each car, making for various combinations of FIA driver ratings.

This year, five classes allow different combinations to take part ranging from the Pro class featuring entirely factory driver crews down to the Bronze Cup designed to welcome fully amateur teams. Gold Cup, Silver Cup and Pro-Am also allow various combinations to join the series. This year's class structure saw a vast overhaul over the winter meaning Assetto Corsa Competizione isn't quite up to speed with the series' current specification.

GT World Challenge gets underway at Monza this weekend


With so many drivers eligible to join the racing, this year's GT World Challenge Europe grid is enormous. In total, 55 cars will compete at Monza during the 3-hour competition, so empty tarmac is not on the schedule.

Over the course of the race, each car is expected to make two pitstops. Drivers must run no more than an hour at a time meaning the pit lane should become very busy on each hour mark. As a result, strategy shouldn't play a huge part in the race, unless it is interrupted by a safety car. In this case, teams may risk making a stop under the slower track conditions to gain position. Unfortunately, this is something we don't see in ACC given the lack of Safety Car and Full Course Yellow stoppages. Surely that's something Kunos should include in the game soon.

How to watch the GT World Challenge at Monza​

If you appetite for wheel-to-wheel GT racing is well and truly whetted, you're in luck. The SRO Motorsports Group, organisers of GT World Challenge, stream all of its events for free on YouTube. The GT World YouTube channel features live streams galore on most weekends as there is always some form of GT racing going on somewhere in the world.


For those often found sporting anoraks, a live timing service is also available to follow for free on the GT World Challenge website. Featuring information on stint lengths, driver times, track conditions and Race Control messages, it is the best place to keep up to speed with longer races such as this.

With all the racing cars you know and love from Assetto Corsa Competizione, the Fanatec GT World Challenge is arguably one of the greatest and most accessible motorsport championships in the world. You can catch all the weekend's sessions, both from support races and the main event on the GT World YouTube channel. I'll see you in the live chat.
Will you be watching the GT World Challenge Endurance Cup opening round? Or do you prefer the idea of racing yourself in ACC?
About author
Angus Martin
Motorsport gets my blood pumping more than anything else. Be it physical or virtual, I'm down to bang doors.

Comments

The effective partnership between SRO and Kunos, combined with the plentiful and free official GT World content on YouTube, produces a Gesamtkunstwerk that other motorsport series should emulate.

I just hate it when they visit fictional circuits like this year the Hockenheimring... Seriously speaking, a couple of races stand out for me: the Paul Ricard 1000Km (it's thanks to the race and ACC that I've come to love the circuit) and of course the 24 Hours of Spa.

The English broadcast has the added bonus of having my favourite motorsport commentator, John Watson. I'd listen to him commentate a menu... which he sometimes does.
 
Staff
Premium
I just hate it when they visit fictional circuits like this year the Hockenheimring... Seriously speaking, a couple of races stand out for me: the Paul Ricard 1000Km (it's thanks to the race and ACC that I've come to love the circuit) and of course the 24 Hours of Spa.

The English broadcast has the added bonus of having my favourite motorsport commentator, John Watson. I'd listen to him commentate a menu... which he sometimes does.
John Watson - absolute legend. I thought the duo of him and Charlie Cox commentating on the BTCC was peak commentary.
 
Premium
John Watson - absolute legend. I thought the duo of him and Charlie Cox commentating on the BTCC was peak commentary.
I always enjoyed John Watson’s frank reactions during F1 races; in one race in 1997, Shinji Nakano’s engine blew, and he proceeded to spray oil all over the place before turning abruptly in front of other competitors—just missing them—before parking it. All the while, Watson is exclaiming, “Nakano! Nakano! What is he doing?! Oh no, don’t do it … well, the swain* has done it and gotten away with it!” I appreciate when a Watson or a Hunt says what everybody else is clearly thinking as it unfolds in real time. American broadcasters, in comparison, are typically too enamored of the brand to be so honest.

* swain: a country youth. A deft, but appropriate, criticism in this context!
 
Last edited:
Premium
Yeah Watson is great, I could hear him waffle on just about any topic. On another note, the ELMS 4 hours of Barcelona has just started for those interested, ELMS has the live streams on their youtube as well.

ELMS and GT World are pretty much the two that i follow the most with some F3/F4 and Michelin Cup thrown in.
 
The only downside of this series is that for years Audi and Merc made up 80% of the top 10 almost each race and that a lot of awesome looking GT3 cars are not even used in the series (or maybe somewhere around place 45 from some amateur). A possibly diverse grid looks very ordinary this way, more like a DTM (90% Deutsche cars) then a global racing series
 
Last edited:
love the new graphics where they show you the car and all three drivers on it in one small box, you really get a better feel for who is actually battling out there on track. This will be my TV for the next three evenings, I'm watching these races in bits of 45 minutes and just don't check on their homepage to avoid reading results first. Wonder how long they manage to hold on to their free viewing model, it's soooo brilliant. also great how Kunos managed to squeeze out the new update last week, so one has had a chance to play the three new cars and now watch them on track, perfect.
 
What a race ! This is honestly looking like one of the most exciting race series to watch ...
 
I just hate it when they visit fictional circuits like this year the Hockenheimring... Seriously speaking, a couple of races stand out for me: the Paul Ricard 1000Km (it's thanks to the race and ACC that I've come to love the circuit) and of course the 24 Hours of Spa.

The English broadcast has the added bonus of having my favourite motorsport commentator, John Watson. I'd listen to him commentate a menu... which he sometimes does.
Thats right, John Watson is great he even made me believe for a moment that f1 was as good as gtchallenge when he was on commentary for the miami gp last year
 

Latest News

Article information

Author
Angus Martin
Article read time
3 min read
Views
4,781
Comments
16
Last update

How long have you been simracing

  • < 1 year

    Votes: 559 17.4%
  • < 2 years

    Votes: 379 11.8%
  • < 3 years

    Votes: 341 10.6%
  • < 4 years

    Votes: 243 7.6%
  • < 5 years

    Votes: 390 12.1%
  • < 10 years

    Votes: 367 11.4%
  • < 15 years

    Votes: 215 6.7%
  • < 20 years

    Votes: 168 5.2%
  • < 25 years

    Votes: 136 4.2%
  • Ok, I am a dinosaur

    Votes: 419 13.0%
Back
Top