It all comes down to this. After several months of thrilling entertainment, the first ESL Project CARS Esports championship of 2017 drew to a close this weekend with a Grand Final live from the ESL Studios in Germany, with €2500 in prizes up-for-grabs.
We’ve seen terrific wheel-to-wheel action in both the LMP2 Pro class and the GT3 Challenger class throughout the series, with some outstanding drives by the biggest names in Project CARS Esports, and some surprise performances from the many new faces in the Challenger field.
The Grand Final was a double-header, with two races at a pair of the most technically demanding circuits featured in Project CARS; Zolder in Belgium and Oschersleben in Germany. Not only that, but double-points were available in both classes, and the races took place with the extra challenge of some nighttime action.
In Pro class, DriverR1 came into the final weekend with a strong points lead ahead of the closely matched chasing duo of Mangator and Magic Michael. Could he hold out for overall victory?
In Challenger class, SpideR returned for the final round, after missing several races, to try to stave off the a late attack from behind on what was once a big points lead in Challenger class. Could Boxer4everr or Joker_1 overhaul SpideR’s advantage?
Read on to find out what went down in the Grand Final, and catch-up with the On-Demand video if you missed the live stream on Saturday.
With just one race to go after Round 9, the tension is mounting as the conclusion to the ESL Project CARS Multi-Class Championship draws near. We travelled to Hockenheim's GP circuit for Race 9. A track that is perfectly suited to the thoroughbred LMP2 and GT3 race machines used in this series. The long back straight into a very tight hairpin provides ample opportunities for slipstreaming and overtaking.
Coming into Round 9, DriverR1 had a firm grip on the lead of the Championship in the LMP2 Pro class. However, he absolutely could not afford to have a bad result here. If his rivals close the gap, then things will get very tight going into the final round on May 6. The final race will count for double-points, so it was crucial for the leading drivers to consolidate their positions in Round 9.
In the GT3 Challenger class, series leader, SpideR once again was unable to qualify to race this week. He still has a solid lead over Joker_1 and Boxer4everr, but he may find himself in a much closer fight if both of his main rivals score strong results while he is absent from the action.
Read on to see what happened in Race 9.
After a one week break, the ESL Multi-Class Championship returned this week for Round 7 of the season and Britain's legendary Brands Hatch circuit. With both LMP2 and GT3 classes running, this was a big test of our drivers' concentration and race craft.
Overtaking was very tough with such a narrow surface, and a circuit dominated by fast, sweeping corners. Both the LMP2 and GT3 cars are very wide, and there aren’t many straights to take advantage of the draft around the undulating curves of this Kent circuit. Brains were be needed as well as braun to be successful here.
DriverR1 was seemingly the fan favourite coming into the race, and he made it onto the Pro class, LMP2 front row in qualifying, albeit behind Mangator who grabbed pole. Mangator has now taken 3 of of the last 5 pole positions for the Pro class. He's been showing amazing hot-lap pace, and putting himself into very strong starting positions before each race. GTA Bishop took the pole in Challenegr, GT3 class, in the absence of SpideR (who didn't qualify through the GO4 Cups this week) and BAM Khaki (who was unavailable to race today).
Qualifying set us up for some interesting tactical and psychological battles in the 30 minute race. Read on to find out the results of Race 7.
The midweek action returned to the ESL Project CARS Multi-Class Championship this week, with the second Promotion Race of Season 1. This time around, ESL took our pilots to Le Circuit Bugatti, part of the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours venue. The Bugatti circuit is a fast, flowing course with plenty of overtaking opportunities. It takes it the legendary start-finish straight and Dunlop bridge of the 24 Hours course, before plunging right into a challenging purpose-built circuit. If you're a fan of two-wheeled racing, you'll be familiar with the layout from the French rounds of Moto GP.
Promotion Races are special opportunities in the Multi-Class championship for the best 5 Challenger Class drivers to battle with the bottom 3 Pro drivers. It's a fight to see whether the Challengers are good enough to takeover one of the coveted 8 places in Pro Class. These races happen once per month in Season 1. This time around, we had some extra Challenger class drivers taking part, thanks to several guys being tied on points at this stage of the competition.
Coming into this second Promotion Race, both the Pro and Challenger drivers taking part were on mixed form, so it was very hard to pick favourites. Only SpideR had really shown great consistency in his performances of late, but after he missed the previous Multi-Class race, could he rediscover his pace? Read on to find out what happened in Promo Race 2.