Wed 17 June 2020
Three more stars of the real and the virtual world of motorsports have joined the grid for the inaugural Virtual Race Of Champions on Sunday June 28, 2020.
Mercedes GT ace and 2019 FIA GT World Cup winner Raffaele Marciello and Haas F1 test driver Louis Deletraz have signed up after winning last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual with Rebellion Williams Esports. Former FIA F2 driver Deletraz is also leading the SRO E-Sport GT Series championship.
Former DTM champion Bruno Spengler also joins the grid after excelling in the virtual world. The Canadian BMW factory driver won the IMSA iRacing Pro Series.
The trio joins a star-studded grid including FIA World Rally & Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, Mercedes Formula E star Stoffel Vandoorne, current DTM Champion Rene Rast and reigning ROC Champion of Champions Benito Guerra for the first virtual edition of the historic all-star event.
The event, which is organised in partnership with Motorsport Games just like last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual, will follow a similar format to the real-world Race Of Champions. Some of the biggest stars from Formula 1, World Rallycross, Formula E, Le Mans and other major disciplines will go head to head in identical cars. They will face off on virtual versions of some of the most iconic venues of ROC’s rich history, such as the mixed gravel and tarmac roads of the original Gran Canaria track and the twists and turns of London’s Wembley Stadium.
The tracks have been built from the ground up in the sim racing game Assetto Corsa and have not been used in competition before, ensuring a neutral platform and fair competition for all participants. Just like in the real-world Race Of Champions, the drivers will have to showcase their diverse skill set to quickly adapt to a wide variety of machinery, including a VUHL supercar, a Rallycross car and the classic ROC buggy.
Fans of sim racing all around the world get the opportunity to sign up until June 25 for the eROC Qualifier and claim a place in the eROC part of Virtual ROC. After setting their best hotlaps in ROC’s free Assetto Corsa mod, the fastest drivers will go through to the eROC part of the competition, where they will take on the first two eROC Champions Enzo Bonito and James Baldwin for a chance to compete against the real-world stars.
The event, which is organised in partnership with Motorsport Games, will take place on Sunday June 28 at 19:00 CET (13:00 US ET, 18:00 BST) and will be streamed live on the Race Of Champions Youtube and Facebook channels.
More drivers for the event will be announced over the coming days.
Keep up with all the latest news at www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook and @raceofchampions on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag for the event is #RaceOfChampionsVirtual.