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5 Must Watch Esports Races in July

There will be plenty of esports racing in July. Here are five must watch events in this coming month.

It’s that time again! Time for our recommendations for high profile esports racing events happening in the month of July. Spoiler; so many great events are happening this month that we had to work to narrow it down to just 5.

The ones we went with are a series on iRacing, an onsite final on rFactor 2, a race royale, another LAN event on Rennsport and a 24 hour iRacing special event. So here are five must watch esports races in July.

Screen to Speed Summer Cup

Screen to Speed is a women’s sim racing competition. Back in March, they hosted their onsite finale in Las Vegas. In the end, it was Saoirse Fitzpatrick who would come out on top and earned a test in a Porsche 911 Cup car.

During the premiere of their mini-documentary on 25 June, they announced a new championship. The Screen to Speed Summer Cup will run from mid-July to early-October, with time attack qualifiers running in the two weeks prior to every event.

Each event will have a different car and track combination. Round 1 will be Global Mazda MX-5 at Laguna Seca on 15 July at 9pm CEST, and if you’re a woman and want to compete, you can register here. To follow the racing, it will be streamed to the Init Esports Twitch channel.

Formula E: Accelerate

Back in April, Formula E’s esports series returned. In the first round, ESL R1 Spring Major champion Marcell Csincsik caused a big upset by defeating reigning 2-time champion Frederik Rasmussen on the Berlin track.

Another qualifying round on the weekend of the Rome ePrix will be held, and the top eleven point scorers will be invited to participate in the finale alongside the London ePrix. It would seem a fair number of them will have to prioritise another event happening that weekend though, including Csincsik.

Qualification for the Rome event is happening now, with the race set for 15 July. Then the London finale will be held 29 July, where the champion will be crowned. Follow the action on Formula E’s YouTube channel.

Golden Toast GP

In preparation for the 24 hours of Spa iRacing Special Event, two major entities in the sim racing world have decided to host a unique event to settle some beef. VCO founder Florian Haasper and Twitch streamer Pablo Araujo will field many drivers from their teams BS+COMPETITION and PGZ Motorsport respectively in a race dubbed the Golden Toast GP.

In this event, 55 drivers (20 wildcards, 27 community entries and 8 BS+ and PGZ drivers) will start a three hour race around Spa, but only 20 will make it to the end. 50 minutes into the race, there will be a safety car period and the bottom 15 drivers will be eliminated. Then at the 1 hour 50 minutes mark, another safety car will result in the bottom 20 being eliminated.

For all intents and purposes, this is a Race Royale. Only the last hour will matter for the top 20, as the race will have been reset twice over. If you’re interested in competing, sign up here. The event takes place 15 July at 6pm CEST, and the action can be followed on VCO’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

ESL R1 Gamers8

We’ve just had the ESL R1 Major in Munich where Marcell Csincsik came out on top, but it won’t be that long before we have another R1 onsite event. The combined total prize pool from both the Spring and upcoming Fall Season will be doubled just for this one event.

At the Gamers8 convention, the drivers and teams from the ESL R1 Spring Season will race for a share of $1,000,000. That makes it the joint biggest prize pool in sim racing with the 2017 Vegas eRace.

Not only that, many other drivers and teams not seen in the Spring Season are expected to be taking part in it too. We still don’t know details on the format. All we know is it will be held from 27-30 July, stay tuned to Gamers8 or ESL R1’s social channels to find out how you can follow the racing.

iRacing 24 Hours of Spa

Of course we’ve just had the Spa 24 hours in real life, but how about a virtual one? Last year, the Spa 24 hours iRacing Special Event was marred by the grass-dipping exploit. Hopefully none of that will be repeated this time round.

Not only will the top split be taking place, there will also be four timeslots for anyone to participate in. Look on iRacing for when the timeslots are announced, and you can compete as part of your own team.

But for those wanting to follow the top split with some of the top iRacing teams like Redline, Apex, Williams and BS+, RaceSpot TV on YouTube will be the place to be. The broadcast will begin at 2pm CEST on 22 July.

Which of these esports racing events will you be following? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!

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