Following two races on legendary European circuits, Round 3 of the Playseat® SMS-R Series took us to Japan, and the awesome Fuji Speedway. The modern layout at Fuji was first redesigned for Formula One, but it has since become a staple of Super GT and the World Endurance Championship. Like many modern circuits, it has a huge start-finish straight to provide slipstreaming possibilities, and some tight technical sections elsewhere in the lap. Including some very challenging switchback corners in the final sector.
After the first two races in the Series, we arrived at Fuji with the overall standings in both classes beginning to take shape. The Pro Class win in Round 2 at Monza went to Team Redline's Magic_Michael, but it was teams ACR and VP who put in the most consistent team performances, to come out first and second overall in the Pro Class team standings. Team Redline sat in third place overall coming into Round 3, just ahead of Oscaro in fourth.
In Challenger Class, Monza victory was taken by THR Operator with an incredible drive on dry tyres in wet conditions. He arrived at Monza with the points lead in Challenger Class, ahead of Pelucaa and Mr Van Ommen, who shared the same points total after two races.
It's still all to play for in both the GT3 Pro Class and the TCR Challenger Class, to decide which teams and drivers will make it to the finals at Mercedes-Benz World. Don't forget to grab your tickets to see the Finals live and in-person on Saturday May 11.
Follow on below to catch-up on the Race 3 livestream, read our race report, and check out the latest standings.
Following on from a fantastic opening round, we're back with Race 2 in the Playseat® SMS-R Series. This time we visited Italy's "Temple of Speed," Monza.
In the Pro Class, it was team ACR who took the early points lead after Round 1 thanks to solid results for both of their drivers at Hockenheim. However, it was team Oscaro's Rotax who came to Monza as the favourite after a superb race win, which he fought hard for in a big battle with Lazarus' DiHeidi and ACR's Jardier. Could Monza produce a similarly open race in the Pro field?
For the Challengers, it was a scrappy first race, so all of the drivers were aiming for cleaner performances this time around. Pelucca arrived at Monza with the points lead after a surprise victory at Hockenheim. However, the drivers' standings were still wide open in Challenger Class.
After the flowing layout of modern Hockenheim in Round 1, Monza in Round 2 was a very different challenge. Massive straights and heavy braking zones are the main focus at Milan's famous Autodromo, and don't forget the extremely tight first chicane which always presents a difficult bottleneck on the opening lap. Follow on below to catch-up on the Race 2 livestream, read our race report, and check out the latest standings.
The real battle starts now in the Playseat® SMS-R Series with Round 1 of the multi-class tournament. Our top 10 Challenger drivers were joined by the Pro Class teams for the first time as the Championship began at Germany’s legendary Hockenheimring. The biggest names in sim-racing were ready for action, in a grid packed with talent from teams like Oscaro, Team Redline, VP Gaming, Veloce, TX3, & more.
Multi-class racing made for a fantastic contest as the Pro teams fought for position in their AMG GT3 machines, whilst the Challengers pushed for personal glory in their AMG A45 Touring Cars. The infamous “Traffic Time” arrived later in the race when the GT3 cars caught the TCR machines to lap them, whilst each group still battled for position in their own Class. Read on for our race report, and catch-up with the livestream below.
We are very pleased to confirm the date and venue for the 2019 Playseat® SMS-R Series Finals. The competition will wrap up at the magnificent Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in the UK on Saturday May 11. Brooklands was the world’s first ever purpose-built motorsport venue, and this incredible location will provide a stunning backdrop to our Finals.
Once our four Rounds of online racing are complete, the top 4 Pro teams and top 8 Challenger drivers will head to the venue in Surrey, close to London, to battle for the €20,000 prize fund. Please visit the Mercedes-Benz World website for more information abut the location.
The racing is finally underway in the 2019 Playseat® SMS-R Series, Powered by The Events House. Portugal’s Autodromo Algarve was the venue for our fastest Challenger Drivers to battle for a place in the main Championship Series. All of the drivers qualified through Project CARS 2 Community Events, and proved their raw speed, but how would they manage in a tense 20 minute Touring Car race?
All of the pilots were in the Mercedes-AMG A45 Touring Car, and consistency was the key to success, as was management of tyre temperatures on this twisting, undulating circuit. It’s also a very long lap for these Touring Cars. Drivers who battled too hard in the early stages could definitely pay for it by needing to manage higher temperatures in the final few laps, particularly on the front left tyre.
This was a tough race, thanks to the circuit’s many blind apexes, long run-off areas, and a really fast final corner onto the massive start/finish straight, with lots of potential for slipstreaming.
Only the top 10 would advance from this Shootout Race to take a place in the main Championship Series.