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The full schedule of the upcoming Gfinity Supercars Eseries has been announced, with 16 races to decide this year’s Champion on the iRacing platform.
The full series will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS and streamed on Kayo Sports in the prime timeslot of 7:30pm – 9:30pm each week.
“FOX SPORTS is delighted to partner with Supercars to broadcast the Gfinity Supercars Eseries for Foxtel customers and Kayo Sports subscribers. The eseries is a great extension to our traditional coverage of Supercars and promises to bring some exciting racing via the iRacing platform. We are also thrilled a FOX SPORTS car will take its place on the virtual grid,” FOX SPORTS General Manager Motorsport, James Harrison, said.
The series will also be broadcast live across Supercars.com, Supercars and Gfinity AU social media channels, including gaming focused streaming platform Twitch.
Starting on September 24, the series begins with a live studio event at Gfinity’s state-of-the-art Esports Arena in Sydney.
Sim racers from the 12 participating teams will compete in the opening round, before racing remotely in the following five virtual rounds, deciding the 2019 Champion.
Fourteen iconic circuits from around the world have been confirmed for the series including Monza, Suzuka, Mount Panorama, Laguna Seca, Nürburgring and Silverstone. Each of the six rounds will consist of three sprint races with an exciting initiative also confirmed for Round 2.
Taking place in the same week as the actual Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama, Round 2 will test the drivers in one single 250km virtual race around the legendary Mountain.
The final round of the series will be all-Australian, featuring virtual races at Oran Park, Phillip Island and Mount Panorama in the same week as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship finale in Newcastle.
Supercars – General Manager Commercial Jamie Black said: “The series has stepped up for 2019 and we are delighted to welcome the FOX SPORTS team to the competition and for the entire series to be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS.
“A spectacular opening round with a live studio audience in Sydney will kick off the schedule through to the finale, contested alongside the Supercars Championship decider on the streets of Newcastle.”
TEAM ENTRIES FIRMING UP – FOX SPORTS JOINS THE GRID
Boost Mobile has already confirmed its two entries to be joined by the FOX SPORTS team when the competition begins. Several more Supercars teams will be revealed in the next two weeks.
“Last year competitors represented themselves, whereas this year teams will contest the 2019 competition. These include Supercars race teams and others representing high-profile consumer brands,” Black said.
“Boost Mobile Racing was the first Supercars team to field an entry and today with FOX SPORTS, with more to follow in the coming weeks.”
DRAFT REGISTRATIONS SET TO OPEN – PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO ENTER
In a first for the eseries, details for the 2019 draft have been released. Used as a method to identify exceptional sim racing talent for competing teams, the draft will take place in early August as a three-stage process.
In stage one, aspiring drivers from the public will have the opportunity to set their best lap time on iRacing on Mount Panorama across a three-day period.
The fastest 16 lap holders will move through to stage two where they will go head to head in a series of races to determine a seeding order.
At stage three, teams wishing to select a driver from the draft, instead of appointing their own will have the opportunity to do so via a ballot system.
Public registration for the draft is open from next Monday (July 8) athttps://eseries.supercars.com/
All details including which circuits will be raced on, the dates of each round and all other information regarding the 2019 Gfinity Supercars Eseries, six-round, sixteen-race competition can also be found via the website.
The eseries supports the strategic objectives of Gfinity and Supercars by broadening audience bases and diversifying revenues across a non-traditional esports space.
With thousands of registered iRacing competitors in Australia, the tournament is expected to attract the most talented sim racing drivers in the country.
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