The team's physical 2020 launch event may be on-hold at the moment, but today we are delighted to bring you the official launch of our iRacing SMRC eSports Summer Championship car, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR!
Decked-out in the team's actual 2020 livery with all sponsors and #MyRaceSpace squares present, the car was unveiled virtually with a test day and photoshoot at the Okayama International Circuit in Japan, ahead of the championship's pre-qualifying event this coming Friday (29th May) to decide the drivers who will make it onto the grid. The fastest 35 drivers from the two-hour qualifying session (with qualification times being the sum of the driver's fastest 5-lap consecutive incident-free laps) will be guaranteed a place, with potentially up to five wildcard entries also joining the racing action. The championship-proper then kicks-off, again at Okayama two weeks later on the 11th of June with two 30-minte races.
The series consists mostly of two 30-minute races per round (preceded by qualifying and warmup sessions) with the exception of two endurance hour-long single race events. After Okayama, the championship moves to Belgium and the famous Spa Francorchamps Circuit on the 25th of June, before the first endurance event at Silverstone on the 9th of July. Then it's off to Road Atlanta in the USA on the 23rd of July, back across the pond to Donington Park on the 6th of August, a long-haul to Autodromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos) in Brazil on the 20th of August and then to the iconic Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy on the 27th of August. The championship wraps at Mount Panorama Circuit for the final hour-long race at Bathurst, Australia on the 10th of September.
Although the Porsche is the mandatory car for all drivers during pre-qualifying, the new-to-iRacing BMW M4 GT4 will also be available for the championship itself. If the team decide to switch cars for the first round, the livery will match that launched today.
"I am very excited to show-off our 2020 livery on the fantastic Porsche Cayman today." Said Jordan. "Obviously this season has been different for everyone and plans have changed quite a bit from what we had planned over the winter, but whilst it's a shame we still can't quite unveil our real-world 2020 machine yet, it is really cool to see our livery on a GT4 car!"
"I'm especially proud to have all of our official sponsors emblazoned on a racing car at last and of course also our amazing #MyRaceSpace members as well. It will be a true honour to race with all their support during the SMRC iRacing Summer eSports Championship - assuming we can get through pre-qualification of course, which is no small ask!"
"iRacing is very much a simulator. The cars are extremely tough to drive and even more difficult to maximise because of the level of realism involved. It will be a huge challenge just to make it through pre-qualifying and into the championship, but we'll be giving it everything this Friday!"
You can follow-along with the team's progress in the championship via their social media pages. The races themselves will be broadcast live on the SMRC Facebook and YouTube pages, with full commentary and production provided by Camber Media.
Check out the full range of images from the launch photoshoot in the gallery below (click on an image to enlarge):