Ginetta and Project Cars have announced the launch of the ‘Ginetta x Project Cars Esports Cup’, a fully manufacturer-backed international Esports racing competition.
The online only competition is open to competitors across the globe on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4, with competitors set to battle it out in Ginetta G55 GT4 and GT3 machinery.
The cup will be contested in November and December, with a time trial qualifying round whittling down the entrants to fifteen on each platform for the semi-finals.
Following semi-final races, the top eight drivers on each platform will contest live-streamed grand finals, the winners of which will receive a share of a £5,000 prize fund.
Entry to the competition is free and open to drivers of all ages worldwide, with interested participants needing to register here before November 17th: http://www.projectcarsesports.com/ginetta-x-esports-cup.html
“Ginetta exists to provide accessible racing for all levels of driver and our unique motorsport ladder has taken drivers from their first race aged 14 all the way to international racing stardom,” said Ginetta Commercial Director Ade Barwick.
“Sim racing is a new and increasingly popular entry-point into this world and we take it seriously as a discipline in its own right, so we are very excited to announce this partnership and look forward to seeing what the competitors can do.”
The time trial qualifiers will take place between November 18th and 21st, with entrants aiming to set the best lap-time possible in the G55 GT4 around Donington Park National.
On December 3rd, the console semi-finals will take place in the G55 GT3 on the Oulton Park Island circuit, before the final uses the same machinery around Brands Hatch GP.
The PC semi-finals and final will follow the same format on December 4th, with each victor taking home £1,500 prize money – while everybody who registers to compete will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three GoPro Hero Session cameras
“This partnership demonstrates how closely Project CARS mirrors the real-world of motorsport, and the accuracy with which the cars and tracks are replicated in the simulator,” commented Andy Tudor, Creative Director for Slightly Mad Studios.
“Using our precisely recreated Ginetta Cars in an official Ginetta-sponsored championship opens an exciting new chapter of manufacturer-based motor racing for our racing drivers.”
More information on the rules and format of the competition are available here: http://www.projectcarsesports.com/ginetta-x-esports-cup.html