After a full month of hotly contested competition, European online qualifying for the 2019 Logitech G Challenge is now complete. The fastest drivers in the Project CARS community were joined by familiar faces from across the world of sim-racing as they competed in four events in the awesome McLaren 650S GT3.
Qualifying was about pure speed and raw talent as the drivers battled against the clock and against each other at Red Bull Ring, Brands Hatch, Nurburgring, and Autodromo Algarve. There were two places in the regional final up for grabs, as well as prize bundles from Logitech.
Logitech G’s flagship sim-racing competition is back. In 2018, Kristian Kwietniewski won the G Challenge Finals in Paris, and launched himself into the limelight in sim-racing esports. He earned a place in the McLaren Shadow Finals, and since then he has gone on to compete in our very own Playseat® SMS-R Series where he made it all the way to Finals in the Challenger Class. His performances caught the eye of Fernando Alonso, and he is now a proud member of the FA Racing esports team.
In 2019 you have the chance to follow in Kristian’s footsteps and earn your own place at the elite level of sim-racing. This year’s Logitech G Challenge is another incredible opportunity to qualify for the McLaren Shadow competition, to race for a chance to join McLaren's official esports team, and win some superb Logitech G gear.
The 2019 G Challenge is available to Project CARS 2 fans around the world, with competitions this summer in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. From in-game qualifiers in Project CARS 2, to wildcard qualifiers at gaming events around the globe.
North American qualifying starts on Sunday June 23. Qualifying in Europe begins on Monday June 24, and Asia-Pacific begins in July.
Find out more including how to compete in your local region, and register to enter the competition at the links below.
“The most beautiful man in sim-racing” (at least according to our esports commentator, Luke Crane!) is back on top of his game once again. In 2017, Kamil ‘Khaki’ Pawlowski was one half of BAM esports, the team that won the Pro Class Championship in the previous SMS-R Series. Things change quickly though in the world of Project CARS esports, and it wasn’t long before the BAM team folded, leaving Khaki out on his own.
Where others might have faded into the background, this Polish pilot thrived and secured a worthy personal sponsorship from Thrustmaster. For the 2019 SMS-R series Khaki remained a free agent, unable to enter the teams competition in the Pro Class. That left him to battle hard to earn a place in the Challenger Series, which he duly achieved. In the online competition that followed, Khaki had a rollercoaster season including a disqualification in Race 3, but he still collected enough points to earn his place in the Finals at Mercedes-Benz World.
At the LAN Finals, Khaki’s experience of these high-pressure situations shone through, and he dominated both races in the Challenger Class to earn his second Project CARS world championship title. We sat down with for a chat with him after the Finals to get some more insights into his remarkable story.
“Always the bridesmaids, but never the brides.”
That was the phrase that followed VP Gaming throughout the last few years of Project CARS esports, ever since it was uttered by Slightly Mad Studios' Creative Director, Andy Tudor more than two years ago. This talented German team has always shown great potential in major tournaments, but never quite secured a major title win. That all changed this year though when they finally went the extra mile and won the the Pro Class in the Playseat® SMS-R Series.
Over the four races in the online series, VP found a great rhythm and consistency in their driving, which saw them qualify comfortably for the Series Finals at Mercedes-Benz World in the UK. Their lead driver Isaac21 also came into form at exactly the right time in the competition. He won the last race in online Series and continued his momentum into the Finals, where he won one of the two races to boost VP’s points total and secure overall victory for the team.
We caught up with team manager and driver, Darwin_Daume after the Finals and found out what it means to finally have some major Project CARS silverware in their clutches.
After months of build-up and excitement, we finally arrived at the Finals of the 2019 Project CARS esports major, the Playseat® SMS-R Series, Powered by The Events House. 3200 drivers took part in the Qualifying Rounds for this tournament, and 10 Pro Class teams battled to prove their reputations, but it all came down to this. One day, two races, live from Mercedes-Benz World in the UK with €20,000 on the line.
After 4 Qualifying events, one shootout race, and the four-race online championship, we arrived at the Finals with only 16 competitors remaining. Eight Pro Class drivers racing GT3 cars and representing four of the world’s fastest sim-racing teams: ACR, VP, Veloce, & SDL. They were joined by eight Challenger Class drivers in Touring Cars, who had to fight to earn their place vs all of the other drivers from around the world who took part in the early Qualifying Rounds. The eight Challenger finalists were; Kristian Kwietniewski, Khaki, Popsu, Mr Van Ommen, Alexander Dornieden, Pelucaa, Dalking, & Operator.
Read on below to catch-up on the incredible stories from the Finals, and find out which teams and drivers walked away with the titles and the prizes.