There will be plenty of esports racing in November. Here are five must watch esports races that you should definitely follow.
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We are back once again to give you all the rundown of major esports racing events going on in the month of November. Just like the last two months, we are never short on virtual action and all of us esports racing fans are spoilt for choice.
So let’s waste no more time and fill you in on the action taking place in the esports racing world for November!
ERL Fall Masters
The last round of the multi-platform VCO Esports Racing League in 2022 is coming up before the Esports Racing World Cup set for February next year. As ever with each ERL seasonal cup, a maximum of 30 teams compete across Assetto Corsa Competizione, rFactor 2 and iRacing with the best 12 in each of the three seasonal cups competing in the Masters on one of the platforms.
It was ACC in the Spring and that went the way of Unicorns of Love, then the Summer saw Redline win on rFactor 2. The Fall Cup will complete the trio with iRacing hosting the Masters, and teams of three will go up against each other head-to-head in the Formula iR-04.
Across iRacing in the ERWC and ERL in 2022, it has always been the same two teams fighting in the finals, Redline and Apex. In the World Cup and Spring Cup, Redline came out on top but Apex defeated them in the Summer and Fall. Will it be Redline doubling up with ERL seasonal championships, Apex making it three different ERL champions, or maybe even a completely different team entirely?
Gran Turismo World Series
November sees the all-important World Finals of the Gran Turismo championships. Not only the Manufacturers and Nations Cup competitions but also the Toyota GT Cup will be held on-site in Monaco. But before that, the last main season rounds of the Manufacturers and Nations Cup competitions still need to be held.
Heading into the third rounds, Subaru currently lead the Manufacturers Cup with a three point lead ahead of Toyota. In the Nations Cup, 2018 champion Igor Fraga holds a one point margin against World Series Showdown star Kylian Drumont.
In the first on-site event in over two years, the French debutant won both the Manufacturers and Nations Cup races and could be the favourite for the World Final. He will still need to get some decent results in the final two broadcasted online races though.
The Manufacturers Cup Round 3 will be broadcast on 6 November, the Nations Cup Round 3 on 13 November and all the action from Monaco in the World Finals from 24-27 November. Tune in to the official Gran Turismo YouTube channel or PlayStation Twitch channel to follow the Gran Turismo World Series.
F1 Esports Pro Championship
Event Three of the F1 Esports Pro Championship is coming up and the championship battle is heating up. After a dominant first event for Lucas Blakeley, his main rival Frede Rasmussen closed the gap in event two after three podiums.
Last time out also saw two new first time winners in the forms of Thomas Ronhaar and Bari Boroumand. The Haas rookie sensation held off the pressure of Rasmussen on the Red Bull Ring in only his fourth race, whilst McLaren’s first time winner had been threatening to do it for a while. He finally got the horse off his back in the Spa-Francorchamps race, and once again it was Rasmussen who finished second.
In the standings, Blakeley has a 15 point buffer to Rasmussen after dominating the last race of Event Two on the Zandvoort circuit. Also, thanks to Boroumand’s efforts, McLaren hold a massive 65 point lead to Red Bull. It will take some beating to overcome that deficit.
The next batch of races are held 2-4 November, taking place on the Italian, Mexico City and United States Grand Prix circuits. Follow the qualifying and racing action on F1’s official Twitch and YouTube channels.
IMSA Global Esports Championship
Starting on 16 October, the governing body for the American Sportscar championship has partnered up with VCO to bring an official esports series. 44 teams of two drivers compete across the GT3 and Touring Car classes in 2 hours 40 minutes long races with cautions enabled for that extra strategic element.
The first two races took place on Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca, which means we are already 50% through the season. The last two rounds will be on America’s two most iconic ‘roval’ circuits, Indianapolis and Daytona.
In terms of the standings, Apex’s Kevin Ellis Jr. and Alejandro Sánchez won both the first two races overall. Since many of their rivals haven’t been quite as consistent, they enjoy quite a sizeable lead. The Touring Car class is a much closer affair, as SimRC’s Corentin Guinez is tied with R8G’s Valentin Mandernach and Florian Lebigre. Each party have one win and second apiece.
Round 3 on the Indianapolis road course takes place on 6 November and the finale on the Daytona road course is on 20 November. Races are broadcast to both VCO’s YouTube and Twitch as well as iRacing‘s YouTube and Twitch at 8pm European time.
British F4 Esports
If the ERL Fall Masters leaves you thirsty for more action in the Formula iR-04, look no further than the British F4 Esports Championship. Teams of two compete in six sets of events consisting of two 30 minute races. The second race’s grid is determined by a spin of the wheel. Depending on the outcome of the spin, anywhere between the top 5 and the top 10 finishers from race one are reversed to make up the front of the grid.
All teams compete for a share of a £6,000 prize pool and have already done their first two rounds on the Donington Park National and Oulton Park Island circuits. The rest of the season will also take place on tracks that are part of the real world series. The racing has so far been incredible. That’s no surprise, since the level of talent involved is immense.
Apex Racing Team are fielding two sets of drivers and after the first two rounds, their driver Jamie Fluke leads the driver’s championship ahead of academy driver Luke McKeown and Munster Rugby Gaming’s Josh Lad. But many other drivers have really impressed. F4 Racing Star Esports Competition boys winner Deagan Fairclough has been running up at the front in both rounds but just needs to refine his performances to deliver on his very clear promise before doing it in the real world series next year.
Tune in to Racespot TV‘s coverage on Friday evenings from 8pm European time for the remaining rounds on Knockhill (4 November), Snetterton (11 November), Silverstone National (25 November) and then on iRacing‘s YouTube channel for the finale on the Brands Hatch GP circuit on 2 December.
Which of these esports racing events will you be following? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!