> 24 public slots reserved for Monza season opener, which moves to October 6
> Hot lap qualifying runs September 21 – October 1
> Real-world drivers and sim pros invited by championship organisers
> Register for Championship qualifying here
Registration for the inaugural GT World Challenge Asia Esports Championship presented by Tarmac Works opens today (September 2) before qualifying begins on September 21.
Amateur sim racers from across Asia can set hot lap times on the PC version of Assetto Corsa Competizione – the official game of GT World Challenge Powered by AWS – in an effort to qualify for the first of this year’s championship rounds, which takes place at Monza on October 6. The two fastest qualifiers per manufacturer will take one of 24 slots reserved for the general public at Monza where amateur and pro sim racers go head-to-head in a 60-minute race.
The provisional schedule has been pushed back by three weeks to give more sim racers a chance to register and qualify for the season opener. The revised campaign now begins on October 6 but retains five rounds, albeit with Suzuka’s finale moving to December 8. All events still take place on Tuesday evenings in Asia.
Monza’s Sim-AM entrants will compete for class and overall honours, Esports Championship points, and five guaranteed slots at Laguna Seca, which hosts round two on October 27.
Meanwhile, championship organisers have hand-picked 22 professional Asian sim racers (Sim-PRO) to compete against their Sim-AM counterparts at all five rounds. The full entry list will be revealed before Monza.
Elsewhere, each event also features a separate 60-minute race for pre-selected real-world teams and drivers. The latter will be separated into Real-PRO and Real-AM entries who simultaneously compete for class and overall honours. Real-world Asian teams and drivers – including those not currently competing in GT World Challenge Asia powered by AWS – can request further information by emailing email@example.com.
All drivers must represent the same manufacturer throughout the season, while each race will feature a mandatory pitstop following the format’s successful esports introduction during Saturday’s Charity Cup event at Suzuka. Custom Balance of Performance will be applied for public qualifying and all championship rounds.
Public qualifying for Monza closes at 15:00 ICT / 16:00 HKT / 17:00 JST on October 1. Visit asia.sro-esport.com to register.
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 October 6 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 – October 06 – Monza, ITA – Registration Sep 2-Oct 1 – Qualifying Sep 21-Oct 1
R2 – October 27 – Laguna Seca, USA
R3 – November 10 – Silverstone, UK
R4 – November 24 – Spa-Francorchamps, BEL
R5 – December 08 – Suzuka, JPN