More motorsports series turn to virtual racing after race cancellations

The Coronavirus pandemic is still causing an upheaval across the globe. As a result, most if not all motorsport events have already been cancelled or postponed to a later date.

In an effort to keep the fans busy, Formula 1 announced its official Virtual Grand Prix Series last week to ‘replace’ its cancelled races, featuring several actual F1 drivers such as Lando Norris, along with simulator racers and football stars.

Racing action starts at around the 2:03 mark.

However, Formula 1 is not the only series to introduce its own virtual racing league. VLN, the organisers of the Nurburgring Endurance Series, also kicked off their 2020 season at the Green Hell with a virtual race last weekend.

The race featured a total of 56 cars across four classes, driven by teams and drivers from the actual Nordschleife Championship, as well as several seasoned simracing professionals.

Organised on the iRacing platform, the race ran for the actual length of the real-world race – four hours. The virtual race was also overseen by race director Frank Taller, who holds the same position in the races held at the Nordschleife – how cool is that?

Aside from the Nurburgring Endurance Series, Australia’s V8 Supercars Championships has also announced the All Star Eseries to fill the void left by the postponed races.

The Eseries will feature the full cast of Supercars racers, all racing from their respective homes. Ten races have been planned so far, with the first round starting on April 8th. It’s not all just for fun either, as a Championship winner will be announced at the end of the Eseries, earning you extra bragging rights.

The All Star Eseries will be broadcasted on traditional TV channels such as Fox Sports, as well as V8 Supercars’ website and social channels and the Twitch game streaming site.


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