This is it. The final Round of the 2017 SMS-R Championship Series. The biggest competition in Project CARS esports.
After a thrilling race in Round 8 at Sonoma, the fight for the championship lead between Team Redline and SDL had closed right up, putting their battle on a knife edge. With both teams having already confirmed their places at the Gamescom World Final, they were looking to maximise their prize money, before the end of season bonus event in Cologne.
There was also a very close fight between the other Pro teams to determine which 3 outfits will join TRL and SDL in the ESL Arena at Gamescom. eSports+Cars and VP Gaming looked comfortable in 3rd and 4th before the final round, but there was a huge battle on between TX3 and BAM for the final place at Gamescom. With Euronics lagging a little behind, they looked out of the running, but read on below to see what went down in the final round, and find out which teams are going to Gamescom.
The Project CARS esports championship continued the American leg of the season at the weekend, with Round 8 at one of California's many famous desert raceways, Sonoma.
With it's numerous blind corners, sweeping high-speed chicanes and dangerous sand traps, this is not a track that any driver can take lightly, especially our top esports competitors. With points gaps beginning to close throughout the Pro Class, there was a lot at stake in Round 8. After this, there is only one more chance to gather points in the last race, to take home prize money, and claim a place in the Gamescom World Final.
Round 8 proved to be a chaotic event, which will keep the championship on a knife-edge with only one race to go. Read on to find out which drivers and teams were the winners and losers in the California sunshine.
After a week off, the elite Project CARS esports championship returned on Saturday with another race around one of America's most beloved road courses. This time, our drivers took to the track at New York's awesome Watkins Glen. An undulating circuit with plenty of elevation change, and some fantastic high speed curves.
The Glen is a real test of consistency and will reward the drivers who are best at carrying apex speed through the wide and long turns. Many of the corners here are deceptively quick, meaning big closing speeds between our faster LMP2 cars in the Pro Class, and the slower GT3 machines in the Challenger Class. Managing the multiclass traffic without losing too much time was crucial for the frontrunners as always.
After the short break since Round 6 at Road America, we came into this race with Team Redline beginning to pull away slightly in the lead of the LMP2 Pro Class teams championship. SDL came into Watkins Glen in 2nd place, just 2 points ahead of the eSports+Cars team. In the GT3 Challenger Class, Yoohan was still the points leader, just 4 ahead of Vernux, but Tidgney is rapidly closing in on them both after terrific performances in the last 2 races.
Read on to see which teams and drivers shone at the Glen.
It was time for the first American race in the 2017 Project CARS esports championship, as we visited Road America with our elite drivers and teams, to see who could tame the high-speeds of the famous course alongside Wisconsin's Elkhart Lake.
Road America presented a steep challenge for both our LMP2 Pro Class drivers, and our GT3 Challenger Class drivers. With its monstrously long straights, this place is all about maintaining your momentum off each corner. There's always plenty of slipstreaming here, especially in the LMP2 class, so the drivers simply cannot afford to make mistakes on corner exits, and then lose time all the way down the straights. The second-half of the long 4 mile lap is also punctuated by some of the fastest and most thrilling turns in US road course racing. The Carousel tests the downforce of both the prototype and GT cars, while the Kink is a true test of bravery and skill. We couldn't wait to see everyone run flat out in qualifying.
Coming into Round 6 we had Team Redline at the top of the standings in the Pro team championship. They were just beginning to pull away from the chasing pack at the top of the standings, but would that continue at Road America? Or would the closely matched 2nd and 3rd place teams of eSports+Cars and SDL be able to close the gap? In the Challenger Class, Yoohan arrived in Road America with only a 1 point lead from 2nd placed Vernux, but it's actually 3rd placed Tidgney who is the man in the best form, after winning in Round 5.
Read on to find out who raced ahead to the chequered flag at one of America's favourite circuits.
From Spa to Spain. Round 5 of the 2017 major Project CARS esports championship took place at Catalunya. The world famous home of Formula One's Spanish Grand Prix. Catalunya is one of the most technical circuit layouts in the world. It demands a driver who can perfectly balance their car on the edge of grip, to carry as much speed as possible through its many fast corners. The flowing turns are punctuated by slower hairpins and chicanes, which provide the best opportunities to overtake around the tricky course.
In the LMP2 Pro Class, it's all about the battle for the teams championship, the prize money and the places at the Gamescom World Finals. Coming into the race, the championship was very tight between Team Redline, eSports+Cars and SDL. With series underdogs VP Gaming also right in the mix, while some of their rival teams search for more consistency and more points.
In the GT3 Challenger class, individual glory is the name of the game, as Yoohan, Vernux, Tidgney and others are still running phenomenally close together at the top of the standings after 4 races.
Did the current form book continue at Catalunya, or did the unforgiving circuit throw up some surprises? Read on to find out.