> Real-world scale models to feature virtual race liveries
Hong Kong-based scale model maker and automotive lifestyle brand Tarmac Works has become the new presenting partner of GT World Challenge Asia Esports.
The company’s logo will adorn all GT3 entries contesting Suzuka’s Charity Cup event this Saturday before also featuring prominently in the five subsequent championship rounds, which begin at Monza on September 15.
The new partnership also sees the inaugural sim racing championship become known as GT World Challenge Asia Esports presented by Tarmac Works. What’s more, and in a possible world-first for esports, Tarmac Works’ designers will faithfully transfer several virtual liveries to its real-world GT3 scale model range, which features the likes of Nissan, Audi and Mercedes-AMG and others.
A mix of professional and amateur real-world and sim racing drivers will contest each GT World Challenge Asia Esports presented by Tarmac Works event, all of which are staged on Assetto Corsa Competizione’s industry-leading PC software. Free live coverage of every round is available globally on SRO Motorsports Group’s Youtube and Twitch channels, while Chinese streaming platforms will accompany races with Mandarin commentary.
Felix Kwong, Tarmac Works Founder and Director: “We have always been a big supporter of and active participant in esports so we are absolutely thrilled to be an integral part of this prestigious championship. Esports is an excellent platform to bring racing much closer to the audience and we are very confident that SRO Motorsports Group will put on a great show. We are also hugely excited to be competing for the championship under Tarmac eMotorsports with both real and sim drivers, as well as producing real scale model GT3 cars from this series.”
The non-championship Charity Cup event takes place at Suzuka this Saturday from 19:10 ICT / 20:10 CST / 21:10 JST.
ABOUT GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA ESPORTS
SRO Motorsports Group’s officially sanctioned sim racing franchise extends to Asia this autumn with the creation of the GT World Challenge Asia Esports presented by Tarmac Works. The five-round campaign begins on September 15 and follows standalone, non-championship Charity Cup races at Suzuka on August 29.
Assetto Corsa Competizione – the official game of GT World Challenge Powered by AWS – will host all six events after successfully staging SRO’s European and US esports championships earlier this year.
Indeed, following the success of its other esports series, SRO is now fully focused on providing Asia’s real-world drivers, pro sim racers and general public with a professionally managed and highly competitive online racing environment. Experience gained in Europe and America will make GT World Challenge Asia Esports SRO’s most polished sim racing product to date and introduce several new aspects familiar to fans of real-world competition.
Like its continental counterparts Asia’s esports series will be staged on Assetto Corsa Competizione’s popular PC platform with the help of ACC’s developers, Kunos Simulazioni, while AK Informatica will once again provide first-class technical assistance and management.
2020 GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA ESPORTS CALENDAR
Charity Cup – August 29 – Suzuka, JPN (non-championship)
R1 – September 15 – Monza, ITA
R2 – October 06 – Laguna Seca, USA
R3 – October 27 – Silverstone, UK
R4 – November 10 – Spa-Francorchamps, BEL
R5 – November 24 – Suzuka, JPN