The Pre-season Esports WTCR Championship is an online racing series with a difference.
Using the RaceRoom Racing Experience platform, Pre-season Esports WTCR features an innovative and high-quality made-for-television product at its core.
Held on six virtual epic tracks from 14 June until 19 July, including three that will be used in the real WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, Pre-season Esports WTCR is reserved exclusively for WTCR drivers who will race in their new-for-2020 liveries.
All drivers taking part will have a webcam and microphone connected, making it possible for viewers to see and hear their heroes during the races. The microphone feature will also allow drivers to be interviewed as well as interacting with their rivals.
Videos of drivers on their simulators, at home and enjoying some fun moments will also be shared during the one-hour shows broadcast on Eurosport and other channels around the world. Replays will be shown on the WTCR’s social media channels.
Viewers treated to six one-hour shows
Six one-hour programmes will be broadcast on Eurosport in 54 countries and on other networks around the world via individual licensing agreements brokered by the Rights Syndication Department at Eurosport in Paris. These include:
Bein Sport (MENA region)
RTBF Auvio (Belgium)
SKY TV (New Zealand)
StarTimes (sub-Saharan Africa)
SuperSport (South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa)
Three (New Zealand)
The programmes will benefit from the same in-house production expertise as the real-life WTCR broadcasts in partnership with technical provider AMP Visual. The work of a 30-person team, the programmes will have the same ‘look and feel’ as the WTCR broadcasts with identical on-screen graphics and expert commentary on the global broadcast feed from the voice of WTCR Martin Haven.
WTCR pitlane reporter Alexandra Legouix will present the action and interview the drivers while they race at home. Esports WTCR commentator James Kirk joins the team to provide an expert view on simracing.
All the action replayed on social media
While Eurosport and other global broadcasters will show the action first, replays will be streamed on the WTCR’s social media channels where other exclusive content will also be made available.
Six events, 12 races in store for fans to savour
The Pre-season Esports WTCR Championship will take place on six virtual race days as follows:
14 June: Salzburgring (Eurosport broadcast time: 15h15 CET)
Replay the action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm3__WTmWmM
Read the report here: https://www.fiawtcr.com/raceathome-guerrieri-tassi-the-winners-as-pre-season-esports-wtcr-powers-up-in-style-at-a-virtual-salzburgring/
21 June: Hungaroring (Eurosport broadcast time: 22h30 CET)
28 June: Slovakia Ring (Eurosport broadcast time: 22h00 CET)
5 July: Ningbo International Speedpark (Eurosport broadcast time: 23h00 CET)
12 July: Circuito da Guia, Macau (Eurosport broadcast time: 23h00 CET)
19 July: Sepang International Circuit (Eurosport broadcast time: 23h00 CET)
Innovative format for Esports WTCR
Each Pre-season Esports WTCR Championship will feature a 10-minute qualifying session followed by a top-five Superpole shootout. Race 1 will last for 12 minutes with the grid using the combined qualifying results. Race 2 will also last for 12 minutes but with the top 10 qualifying results reversed to form the first five rows of the grid. Cars will appear as they will look when the WTCR begins, as planned, for real later this year
Making it happen for the fans
Organised to give WTCR drivers the chance to engage with fans through the WTCR’s social media platforms while they wait the start of the 2020 campaign and a prelude to the full Esports WTCR online championship due to begin later this year, the Pre-season Esports WTCR Championship from RaceRoom in partnership with Eurosport Events lists Goodyear, TAG Heuer, DHL, KW Suspensions, TrackTime and Liqui Moly as partners with a TAG Heuer watch going to the champion. The series will promote the FIA’s #RaceAtHome campaign.