Motorsport UK and Simracing.GP are delighted to launch a brand-new esports series, the British GT Esports Cup 2024, which matches the thrills of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship. The first of its kind series encourages community drivers to participate, rather than just ‘Pro’ sim racers, allowing even new drivers a chance to compete in a competitive championship closely aligned to its on-track version.
Simracing.GP (SGP) will host the official series, which starts in February.
The Motorsport UK Esports series will take place across British tracks on Assetto Corsa Competizione (ACC), with one brief trip to Spa in Belgium to mirror the real-world 2024 British GT calendar. Races in the championship will adopt a mix of formats to replicate the challenges of the GT series, from a sprint-style event at Oulton Park with two 60-minute races, to the longer challenge of a three-hour battle at Silverstone. And it wouldn’t be a British series without the threat of some weather affecting races.
Forty slots will be available for teams of two drivers made up of a ‘Pro’ level driver and an ‘Am’. These levels will be decided using Simracing.GP’s proprietary ranking system and each driver will need to have completed five races on ACC with SGP to ensure they have an accurate rank.
Prizes are available, too. In collaboration with British GT, Motorsport UK Esports are pleased to offer:
1st Place Team - x4 Hospitality tickets (x2 tickets per driver) to a 2024 British GT round of their choice PLUS x4 Grid Walk passes
2nd Place Team - x4 Hospitality tickets (x2 tickets per driver) to a 2024 British GT round of their choice
3rd Place Team - x4 General Admission tickets (x2 tickets per driver) to a 2024 British GT round of their choice
In addition to this Next Level Racing have provided a HF8 Haptic Cushion which will be awarded to a driver selected at random out of drivers who have competed in all six rounds of the Championship.
Commenting on the new series, SGP Head of Sales and Marketing Adam Eley said: “It’s thrilling to be able to provide the first Motorsport UK racing on ACC, and what better way to do it than partnering with the iconic British GT series.
“For SGP it is always important that we continue to provide opportunities for drivers of all abilities, which is why the Pro-Am format is just so exciting.”
Adding his thoughts, Motorsport UK’s Esports Manager Paul Crawford said: “It feels great to finally announce our first championship on the ACC platform. The fact that this is in collaboration with such a prestigious championship in British GT makes it all the more worth the wait.
“This championship comes as an excellent addition to our Motorsport UK Esports membership allowing all members to compete in the championship at no additional cost.”
Lauren Granville, Intelligent Money British GT Championship Manager, said: "In 2015 British GT became the first SRO series to stage an officially sanctioned esports championship. Now, after a two-year hiatus, I’m delighted to see it return with a new format and under new management on the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform.
“Motorsport UK already organises several national sim series, while the SimRacing.GP team is one of the best in the business. The new format will also allow gamers of all abilities to compete - a significant change from British GT’s last esports championship in 2021 and the wider current SRO Esports environment.”
Find out more at https://esports.motorsportuk.org/events/british-gt-esports-cup/ and register to join the series at https://app.simracing.gp/communities/4ERFMq5mlY5lp3_eOmmQL