Announced in late May, the new Porsche Canada Esports Sprint Challenge one-make series is coming to iRacing.com with specific virtual races featuring some of Porsche’s best track cars. The series will give Porsche enthusiasts the opportunity to race alongside iRacing ambassadors in a racing series that mimics the feeling of actually being on a track.
“While encouraging to continue using social distancing, we are very excited to bring to life a digital race series for Canadians that follows a typical Porsche Challenge one-make framework,” said Marc Ouayoun, President and CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “We have an opportunity to witness a different degree of Canadian racing talent under our umbrella and are excited to launch the program on the highly competitive iRacing.com software. Let the green flag drop and the checkered flag wave!”
The series will pit the 30 fastest entrants along with four key ambassadors against each other in a 34-grid field. The ambassadors represent different fields and will bring diversity to the world of virtual racing.
The first ambassador is Daniel Morad, winner of the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT3 R. Yuri and Jakub from the YouTube channel The Straight Pipes as well as Craig Anderson from the Ottawa Senators will also be on the grid. Racers will be behind the wheel of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, described by many as the quintessential Porsche track car.
Qualifying was underway last week while the first race will take place on June 18 at 8 pm. The Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will be the location of the first race while subsequent races on July 2, July 16, and July 30 will take place at Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, and Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, respectively.
iRacing is an online racing simulation platform founded in 2004 that is now used by numerous racing teams and professional drivers. It recreates almost to perfection the physics of driving a powerful car on a track and requires an advanced level of skill to master.
The Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge will give Porsche enthusiasts and racers a chance to drive an iconic performance model on some of Canada’s best-known tracks, all from the comfort of their home.
Date Posted: June 9, 2020