Some of the best online racers will aim to beat the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup drivers contesting the pre-season Esports WTCR opener at a virtual Hungaroring on RaceRoom this evening (April 6th).
Twenty simracing talents have qualified to take on 11 WTCR drivers on the RaceRoom platform’s top server with the Esports WTCR online and live champions from 2019 – Gergo Baldi (Hungary) and Kuba Brzezinski (Poland) – among those in action against a WTCR line-up including gamer-turned-racer and 2019 WTCR title winner Norbert Michelisz, Esteban Guerrieri and Yann Ehrlacher.
A prelude to the full Esports WTCR online championship due to begin later this year, the pre-season series lists TrackTime, TAG Heuer and KW Suspensions as partners with a TAG Heuer watch going to the champion. Scheduled to give WTCR drivers the chance to engage with fans while they wait the start of the 2020 WTCR season, delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pre-season Esports WTCR series features four tracks plus cars and liveries from Esports WTCR 2019.
Leaderboard-topping Keithley the driver to beat
Briton Jack Keithley tops the leaderboard following pre-qualifying and has form at the Hungaroring after winning the opening Esports WTCR online event last August. The Williams Esports driver has selected an Audi RS 3 LMS and will race as Gordon Shedden. Hungary’s Dávid Nagy, second on the leaderboard, has chosen Norbert Michelisz’s Hyundai i30 N TCR with compatriot Gergo Baldi lining up as Gabriele Tarquini in an identical Hyundai. Slovakia-based Hungarian Bence Bánki, the 2018 Esports WTCR champion, will race as Esteban Guerrieri in a Honda Civic Type R TCR, while Turkey’s Emre Cihan has selected the Honda of Attila Tassi.
Follow this link for the full pre-qualifying leaderboard: