Toronto. Porsche Canada announces its Esports Sprint Challenge one-make series, which offers competitors the opportunity to compete virtually to win prizes and race alongside familiar ambassadors on the iRacing.com platform. The qualifying phase will start in the first week of June with the first race beginning a few weeks later aboard a digital version of the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport mid-engine racecar.
“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!”
Following the qualifying phase, the top 30 entrants with the fastest average lap times will be eligible to enter a 34-grid field. The additional four grid slots are earmarked for key ambassadors that have been selected from varying disciplines, proving the diversity that can be found in sim racing:
– A familiar name in Canadian motorsport is Daniel Morad – winner of the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and 2017 24 Hours of Daytona in a GT3 R. Even during his spare time, he is extremely active in the sim racing community.
– Yuri and Jakub, the duo from the popular YouTube channel known as The Straight Pipes, will be on the grid – although they have little experience in sim racing, they have become eager to continue being in the driver seat of cars – even in a virtual sense.
– Craig Anderson, the goalie for the NHL hockey team the Ottawa Senators, is an avid motorsport enthusiast, often taking the track in reality and virtually. He is ambitious and continues to work on his race craft often, including in his very own 997 911 racecar.
At the end of the four-race schedule, all of the points will be added together to determine the final position in the standings and crown a winner for the first Porsche Esports Sprint Challenge Canada. This will give the champion an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Porsche at a Porsche Experience program. All of the qualifiers to make the Top 30 and earn a spot in the race series will win Porsche prizes and iRacing credits for their participation.
Qualifying – June 1-7, 2020
Race #1 @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – June 18, 2020, 8 PM EDT
Race #2 @ Watkins Glen – July 2, 2020, 8 PM EDT
Race #3 @ Lime Rock – July 16, 2020, 8 PM EDT
Race #4 @ Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – July 30, 2020, 8 PM EDT