This weekend, the SMS-R Driver Network Championship headed Down Under for a re-run of Round 14. Could the world’s best pro drivers master the incredible elevation change and the constant danger of Bathurst, Australia’s Mount Panorama Circuit?
Round 14 of the SMS-R Championship was postponed earlier in the season, but now it was time for the drivers to get back in the groove and back into action at one of the toughest circuits in all of motorsport! Mount Panorama presents literally one of the steepest challenges in racing. The elevation change is nothing short of crazy on this rollercoaster of a track through the hills of New South Wales in Australia. Then there’s the walls. Concrete barriers line almost all of the circuit, protecting the drivers from the steep drops below, but forcing them to take huge risks to be fast because the barriers are so close to the track with next to no runoff at all. It’s the Monaco of the mountains.
The car for Round 14 was the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The GT3 cars are a favourite of the Project CARS community and the SLS is no exception. It has one of the highest top speeds of all the GT cars, so it should make short work of Bathurst’s two long straights.
After a few events where track limits have been an issue, with many drivers trying to cut corners to gain time, Bathurst is something of a level playing field for all of the drivers. With so many walls and barriers to avoid, the stewards have hardly needed to penalise any drivers for cutting the course in Round 14, so the competition was very tight indeed. The entire top twenty was covered by only 2.1 seconds!
From November 20th onwards, the following Project CARS eSports events will be available to play...
The SMS-R Driver Network Championship brings together the best pro racers from around the world, competing to prove they are the fastest Project CARS drivers on the planet. With such high standards, the season has attracted some of the best eSports teams too. So far, we have introduced you to Team Shark Racing, SDL Motorsport, Starlux, and Virtual Drivers by TX3. Today it’s the turn of the Vikings!
Team VIKING Motorsport actually debuted ten years ago, all the way back on the original Xbox with a 4 driver team. 10 months ago, the team relaunched with a new website and new drivers.
The Vikings are actually one of the most age-diverse sim-racing teams in the world, with drivers aged 27 to 65, merging talent and experience to make them extremely competitive. We sat down with Colin Lionel, better known as VIKING Asgard on Xbox One, to find out what drives this Norse-inspired team...
The first ever ESL Project CARS Monthly Finals have taken place and they were awesome!
Monthly Finals take the Top 8 drivers from each platform that month and pit them against each other in a showdown race to find the best driver! For the October 2015 Finals, ESL hosted two races per platform, with drivers allocated points based on their finishing positions. Whoever had the highest total points for their platform after both would be crowned the monthly champion and win €100! With one winner each on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, plus €50 for each runner up, that means Project CARS players won €450 of prizes in one day!
The action began on PC with the Top 8 drivers from October’s PC Go4 Cups...
ESL OCTOBER MONTHLY FINAL - PC
Race 1 saw the drivers take to Circuit De Barcelona Catalunya GP for 15 laps of close and intense racing. The podium went with form, as the drivers currently leading the November Go4 Cups all pulled out great drives. khaki took the win, with Blacky second and USSRxALeXeR in third.
There was more ESL Project CARS eSports action at the weekend with the seventh Cup in the Go4 series! Once again, we’ve seen some big swings in the performance of our usually very consistent drivers! This means that November’s overall points tables for Xbox, PlayStation & PC are promising to be very close indeed. All of the drivers are running a very similar pace in the GT3 cars, making for some intense battles on all platforms.