There will be plenty of esports racing in June. Here are five must watch events that we think are worth following.
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It’s once again time to give you all some racing to watch. The competitive world of virtual motorsport continues to see races going on all over the place, across many disciplines and platforms.
Even with real world motorsport happening, the virtual world still has plenty to offer. So without further ado, here are our recommendations for esports races to follow in the month of June!
Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup
It’s finally upon us! June sees the final round of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup and it’s at the temple of speed, Monza. The season so far has been about one driver, the ever-consistent Altus Esports racer Jordan Caruso who has for the most part been getting steady results.
However, the previous round was a nightmare for him. Caruso got his worst finish of the season, cutting his advantage from 78 to 36. It’s still relatively comfortable, but he has some serious competition that he’ll need to hold off.
In second place is Sebastian Job, the 2020 champion who will be eager to join Josh Rogers as a 2-time champion of the series. Only one point behind him is Zac Campbell, who will be bemoaning his bad luck. The outsider is Alejandro Sánchez, who is 58 points behind Caruso.
To see who will come out on top, Porsche’s YouTube or Twitch channels will be the places to be on 3 June. The All-Stars will run their races first, which will be in the Porsche Mission R, although Casey Kirwan has already wrapped up that championship.
SRO Esports Sim Pro Series
Another event being held the same weekend as the PESC finale, it’s the second round of the onsite ACC series. This time round, the drivers will gather at the Paul Ricard circuit, with many of them having also competed in the online GT World Challenge Europe Esports event.
In the first round, Tobias Pfeffer in the Haupt Racing Team entry took victory. His fellow Unicorns of Love driver Tobias Gronewald was second and Williams Esports’ Dominik Blajer completed the podium.
In the GTWCE online Paul Ricard race, Lamborghini’s David Tonizza was contending for the lead. The 2019 F1 Esports champion had just passed Round 1 winner Tinko van der Velde, then the Williams driver tapped him in the rear. The 2019 F1 Esports champion will be looking to get revenge.
The drivers will tackle the Paul Ricard circuit on 4 June once the 1,000km race starts. The race will start at 9pm CEST.
Last month, the rFactor 2 open wheeler series held their first two rounds. Formula SimRacing has been the proving grounds for many big name drivers. Series champions include Bono Huis, Jernej Simončič and last year’s winner Collin Spork.
This season sees the most high profile grid in FSR for years in terms of teams. New additions to the grid include names like Brabham, Alpine, Race Clutch and R8G Esports. Even Ferrari are involved!
This new season of FSR is the first time the series has raced with a hybrid car, bringing it in line with real world F1 and offering a whole new level of challenge to the drivers. Since it isn’t clear whether Formula Pro is returning, this may be the highest level open wheel series that runs on rFactor 2.
FSR’s next round takes place on 25 June and it’s at the Canadian Grand Prix venue. The racing can be followed on FSR’s YouTube channel as well as VCO Esports’ YouTube and Twitch channels at 7:30pm CEST.
iRacing 6 Hours of the Glen
Another endurance iRacing Special Event, and this time it’s a 6 hour race. Anyone can compete in a split with drivers of a similar skill level across three categories, and the top split will be broadcast as always.
In last year’s 6 hours of the Glen, many entries in the top split raced with only two drivers. Expect much of the same this year, with the three car classes that have been seen in the Daytona 24 hours and Sebring 12 hours on iRacing.
The GTP and LMP2 class will retain the single car – the BMW M Hybrid V8 and Dallara P217 – and then there’s the GT3 class. As was the case for Daytona and Sebring, the cars include the Huracán, M4, R8, 488 and 911. If you’re wanting a crack at the race in the GT3 class, keep an eye on our homepage for a guide on which one is best.
ESL R1 Major
Another major esports racing finale taking place the same weekend as PESC is the ESL R1 Major, being held in conjunction with the Rennsport Summit in Munich. After eight main season rounds and Redline taking home the €45,000 top prize for the team’s title, it’s now the turn of the drivers.
Drivers will be split into two groups on Day 1 and compete in four races to increase their points total. The top six in both groups will then move on to Day 2, where all driver’s points totals will be converted down, with the leader having 100 points and the others being given proportionate points total based on their performance before Day 2.
When a driver’s points total reaches 160, they enter into Finalist Mode and all they have to do is win a race to become champion. In theory, six or more drivers could all be in Finalist Mode and be in the leading group on the last lap of a race. It’s a mouth-watering prospect, and one certainly worth tuning in for.
Which of these esports racing events will you be following? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!