With Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the motorsport world and wider sporting community, eSports and in particular eracing has been taking center stage.
In keeping with other motorsport disciplines British F3 have today announced the launch of the inaugural British F3 iRacing Championship commencing at Oulton Park on Sunday 17 May. A packed grid of current and former British F3 drivers are lined up. This will be held with the help of Apex Racing TV and will be streamed live weekly across multiple channels.
It’s hoped the five-round championship will keep drivers, teams and fans engaged ahead of the 2020 race season, which is suspended due to the virus, but hopeful it will resume once it is safe to do so. The opener at Oulton Park will be followed by tips to Spa, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park.
Each round of the new championship will comprise of two races plus practice and qualifying, broadcast live at 6pm BST on the official BRDC British F3 Facebook page and the YouTube channel..
Points will replicate the actual British F3 race series, with 35 points for a win down to one point for 20th place. The second race will be a full reverse grid.
British F3 spokesman Giles Butterfield said: “With no on-track race action possible at the moment, this championship provides a great outlet for teams, drivers and fans to get involved in racing until we’re able to start the 2020 season proper. iRacing is one of the most authentic online simulators and really tests drivers to the maximum, so we can expect to see some superb battles in the coming weeks between the existing British F3 talent and guest drivers.
This new venture has been made possible with the help of our long-time supporter John Cavill, who is closely involved with the current British F3 Championship. The winner’s trophy will be named after his late father Jack, a great motorsport ambassador, aligning it with The Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, which has been in existence since 2013 and is awarded at every round. John provides a prize fund and trophies throughout the season for drivers who take pole position in the weekend’s races.”
British F3 iRacing Championship Calendar
Sunday 17 May Oulton Park (International)
Sunday 24 May Spa
Sun 31 May Silverstone (Grand Prix)
Sun 7 June Brands Hatch (Grand Prix)
Sun 14 June Donington Park (Grand Prix)
The overall winner of the championship will be presented with The Jack Cavill Trophy and a magnum of Champagne.
Results and news relating to the e-series will be updates as usual on the British F3 website