After last week's incredible Project CARS esports action in the European Finals, there wasn't long to wait for the main event. Just seven days later, the top eight drivers in the Logitech G Challenge from around the globe were whisked away to Las Vegas for the Grand Finals. There they had some incredible experiences, including real-world driver coaching in supercars and GT3 machinery, but at the end of the day, they were in Vegas to compete. Four more virtual races in the McLaren 650S GT3 stood between the drivers and the title of Logitech G Challenge Champion. And with that title comes the chance to enter the next McLaren Shadow competition, to battle for a place in McLaren's official esports team.
Tens of thousands qualified for the G Challenge, but only eight remained in Las Vegas. Finalists from Europe, North & South America, Asia-Pacific, and more. Last week's European Champion, VP Isaac, arrived as the favourite, followed closely by his rival THR Wolf. Amongst the other drivers there were serious threats to be considered from the likes of SMS-R Challenger Finalist, THR Operator, and community favourite, Xwolf1369. Your finalists were:
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It has been another superb year of competition in the Logitech G Challenge. A grass roots sim-racing competition to find the world's fastest Project CARS 2 driver to join the McLaren Shadow project. 15,000 drivers entered the competition in Europe this year, and the top 10 travelled to Motorworld in Cologne, Germany to battle for the European championship crown. Not only that, but the top two drivers would qualify for the G Challenge World Finals, which take place in just six days time on November 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Coming into the European Finals, the favourite for victory was undoubtedly Isaac Gilissen (VP Isaac21). As a member of VP Gaming, Isaac made a big contribution to his team's victory in this year's Playseat SMS-R Series. However, he wasn't the only big name to reach the event in Cologne. SMS-R Challenger Finalist, Darren King (THR Dalking) was also on the roster. As was previous McLaren Shadow finalist, Miguel Ballester, and drivers from the Lazarus, and FPR esports teams. The full roster included:
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The World's Fastest Gamer in 2019 is a Project CARS esports driver.
It's been a busy year for 22 year-old James Baldwin. If you follow the Project CARS esports scene then you may know James better as Veloce_Jaaames. Champion of eROC 2019, and one half of the Veloce esports squad that came second in this year's Playseat SMS-R Series.
James' remarkable successes in 2018 & 2019 scored him an invite to season two of The World's Fastest Gamer. This international competition takes top drivers from across the sim-racing world and pits them head-to-head in a series of real-world challenges to find the best all around competitor.
Baldwin saw off competitors from Gran Turismo, Forza, iRacing & more to win TWFG in 2019, flying the flag for Britain and for Project CARS 2. It was an epic battle, which also included SMS-R Challenger Champion, Kamil Pawlowski, and was judged the likes of Juan-Pablo Montoya, & Rubens Barrichello.
The prize for Baldwin's exploits is a season of GT racing with Aston Martin in 2020, worth over $1 million. Join us in congratulating him, and look out for his appearances in racing green overalls next year.
Actrollvision Community Racing always offers a wide variety of competitive sim-racing opportunities. Its PVP leagues in Project CARS 2 have now been running for two years, with bumper-to-bumper, wheel-to-wheel action. However, the organisers also recognise that new racers can be a little apprehensive when it comes to online leagues, and sometimes veterans like a new challenge too.
That’s where the ACR Time Trial Leagues come in. Season 4 will be a place to compete without the stresses of other cars on track. Every Sunday ACR will post details of an active Time Trial on their website. All you need to do to enter the league is fill in the form after making a profile on the website. It is open to all platforms, all abilities and all input options. ACR also ask for your input and platform information, so that you can see how you match up with other similar racers. The season is ten weeks long, and just by submitting a time each week you will receive a point.
There is a great diversity of competitors in the league, and you can even expect some of the world's top Project CARS drivers to give advice to some of the novices. Visit the ACR website to find out more and get started.
Actrollvision Community Racing is opening its doors to new drivers once again across all platforms for its new league seasons in Project CARS 2. Coming this September.
The hugely popular PS4 "Triple Threat" league will take place on Tuesdays, and has a few open slots up for grabs. The Triple Threat is three leagues that are linked by relegation and promotion after each ten-week season. The top three drivers in each class move up to the next division, whilst the bottom three move down. The September season will be the ninth running of the PS4 Triple Threat. Beginners will run in the Renault Clio Cup car, Intermediate drivers in Touring Cars, and Pros in the GT4 class.
Over on PC, the Triple Threat is in its fifth season, running on Thursday nights. The only difference here is the cars. Beginners take on the Radical SR3-RS, Intermediate racers drive the Ferrari 488 Challenge (EU), and the Pros race GTE machinery.
The ACR Xbox leagues take place on Wednesdays with two options: the fan favourite Ginetta GT5 league, and a separate Touring Car competition.
If that wasn't enough, ACR is also looking to run some Rallycross action in the near future. Follow Luke "Actrollvision" Crane on Twitter to get more details as they arrive.
For more information on these leagues, head to actrollvison.com or join the ACR Discord.