Project CARS 2 has joined the McLaren Shadow project: McLaren's hunt to find the world's fastest virtual drivers to join its official esports team. The Logitech G Challenge tournament is exclusive to Project CARS 2. The fastest drivers over three qualifying rounds will go to Paris Games Week to race for their shot at McLaren Shadow. The winner in Paris will earn a place in the Shadow semi-finals at the McLaren Technology Centre in November 2018.
The qualifying rounds begin on Monday September 24 inside the Project CARS 2 "Community Events" mode. They will feature the McLaren 720S in a time trial format. Visit the Community section of the Main Menu to take part. To be eligible to progress in the competition, you must also register at the link below. This is open to all players in Europe, on PS4, Xbox One, & PC.
1. McLaren 720S at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya GP
September 24 - October 1
2. McLaren 720S at Silverstone GP
October 1 - October 8
3. McLaren 720S at Hockenheim GP
October 8 - October 15
Oschersleben was the venue for the fourth qualifying round of season 2 for the A1 Esports League. The narrow, tight, and twisting German circuit gave our drivers a very different challenge this week. Though it has very little elevation change, the course it incredibly technical, and turn one is one of the most tricky in all of Project CARS 2. Especially at the start of the race. The track was combined with Mercedes' flagship supercar, the AMG GT R. Compared to the purpose built race cars seen in previous rounds, the GT R requires an even more deft touch with the throttle to manage its colossal power output. This is essentially a muscle car, and it loves to slide around. This made for some very impressive examples of car control from all of the drivers, particularly in the qualifying sessions.
In the races themselves, it was an incident packed afternoon. The super-tight first corner produced a bottle neck on the opening laps, as the drivers frequently bunched closely together in the fight to take advantage of one of the few overtaking opportunities on the circuit. However, once the fields spread out a little more, we saw some awesome race-long battles. It's very tricky to make a clean pass at Oschersleben, but that only made the overtakes more impressive when they came off, and it resulted in some great nose-to-tail battles between big groups of cars.
Catch-up with the racing action in the video above, or check out the results below. There is now a one week break before the next round in the competition, so don't forget to tune in for Round 5 on Sunday September 23 at 15:00 CEST (14:00 BST) at twitch.tv/a1esports_eng. You can also sign-up to race in Round 5 yourself at the A1 esports League website.
PC Round 4 Result
1. TX3 Storm
2. TRL Mangator
3. Veloce Dornieden
PS4 Round 4 Result
1. TRL MAGICMSM
2. VP boxer4everr
3. VP Kamikazee
The third Qualifying Round in Project CARS 2 for the A1 Esports League stayed in touring cars, but with a serious change of pace to keep the competitors on their toes. This week's machine was the Group A DTM monster, the Mercedes-Benz 190E EVO2. This car is a very different beast from last week's A45 Touring Car, and a huge challenge for the drivers to master around the sweeping switchback corners at the Nurburgring GP circuit. The EVO2's handling leans towards oversteer, which makes smooth, balanced driving crucial to the drivers' success. It also makes it very tricky to manage the tyre temperatures, even in short races, and that made for some spectacular action.
If you missed Sunday's races, make sure you check out the full VOD above. The battles were close once again, with the added tension of the car's tendency to slide and catch out any drivers that had a small lapse of concentration. The races got better and better throughout the day, which led to a fantastic battle for the podium in the PC final between VP's Darwin Daume & Isaac, and TX3's Storm, behind Team Redline's Mangator who took the win. Make sure to seek that out in the video. On PS4 the final was dominated by Team Redline's Magic Michael. His smooth driving reaped the rewards in these tricky DTM machines. Get the full results below.
PC Round 3 REsult
1. TRL Mangator
2. VP Darwin Daume
3. TX3 Storm
PS4 Round 3 REsult
1. TRL MAGICMSM
2. TX3 Joker
3. VP Kamikazee
Oulton Park was the venue for the second qualifying round of the A1 Esports League in Project CARS 2. The drivers attacked this narrow, unforgiving British circuit in the Mercedes AMG A45 Touring Car. As you'd expect in any touring car competition, the action was close & frantic, and contact between cars was frequent. All of the drivers demonstrated supreme skill, with the top six fastest laps in each session rarely separated by more than a few tenths of a second. It was another great field of talent too, with representation from many of the world's fastest sim-racing teams. Including VP Gaming, TX3, G2, Oscaro, Team Redline, Veloce, F4H, & more.
The racing was tense and focussed. Throughout the day, drivers took big risks, going two-wide through the fast kink at Island Bend, and sometimes even going three-wide into the tight chicanes. Catch-up with all of the action from PC and PS4 in the video above, and get the results at the links below.
PC Round 2 Result
1. VP Isaac21
PS4 Round 2 Result
The A1 esports League returned on Sunday, with some spectacular racing in Project CARS 2. The first qualifying round saw some of the best-known and fastest sim racers in the world competing in the aggressive Mercedes AMG GT3 car at Hockenheim. The top PS4 and PC drivers battled through several heats to see who would take home the first points of the Season 2 qualifying rounds. After all five qualifying rounds are complete, the drivers with the most points will join the winners of two wildcard rounds at the offline finals in Vienna. Read on to find out who came out on top in week one.