With €10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs and two teams fighting it out for first place in the Console Division, everything is at stake this weekend for the concluding round of the Logitech G Championship Series, Project CARS’ elite eSports competition.
We’ve enjoyed a year-long fight with over 200 teams registered to race, and it all comes down to this: Round 10, in the Formula Renault 3.5, at Circuit de Catalunya, to crown this season’s champions.
The Logitech G Championship Series is an open setup eSports competition that allows teams and drivers the freedom to tune their cars as they desire with the goal of extracting maximum performance from man and machine. This means competitors need to be highly-skilled both as engineers and drivers as they strive for the absolute perfection required to rise to the top of the timesheets in the time-trial format. Every inch of tarmac and every element of the car must be squeezed to the limit to have any chance at clinching the title.
The €10,000 prize fund in the Logitech G Championship Series is split equally between two Divisions—PC teams, and Console teams.
In the battle for the Console prize, the championship couldn’t be any closer heading into the final round as 2015’s biggest rivalry—between France’s SDL Motorsport, and Team Shark Racing—gets even more heated.
The two teams have been fighting it out all season long, and enter the final round with Logitech-sponsored SDL leading the championship by a scant nine points, this built on the back of four crucial wins. Thrustmaster-sponsored Team Shark Racing, meanwhile, has only won twice, but remain in the hunt courtesy of their consistency which has seen them score more podiums than any other team in the Console Division.
For SDL to take the Console title, it will need its squad of five elite drivers to find an extra bit of pace to fill more of the Top 10 positions in this final round. The momentum coming into this final event, though, is with Shark, as its drivers have narrowly outscored the SDL lineup in each of the last three rounds.
Who’s going to take home the €5,000 in the LGCS Console Division? Check out our eSports website next week for the final results.
In the PC Division, meanwhile, the title is already firmly in the hands of SDL Motorsport’s PC team. Drivers Mangator and Masa have been dominant since the first round, and have put in some terrific performances this season. The only serious threat to their dominance has come from privateer driver FinPro, the 2015 Driver Network Championship MVP, who currently sits third in the driver standings. This is a remarkable achievement for a driver who doesn’t have the support network of a team to assist with setups and driving advice. No doubt his name will appear at the top of many teams’ recruitment list during the winter break, but we have a sneaking suspicion that FinPro will yet again come back as a lone wolf in 2017.
Project CARS eSports isn’t only for the elite driver, but if you do feel the need to test your mettle against the best, or to see just how you compare against the world’s top sim racers, head to the Community Events screen in the Project CARS Main Menu this weekend and set your own lap times in Round 10 of the Logitech G Championship Series.