27 October 2020
Laguna Seca beckons for GT World Challenge Asia Esports Championship Presented by Tarmac Works
> Two more 60-minute races take place this Tuesday
> Monza’s four class winners eager to extend early points advantage
> Entry lists: Real-PRO & AM | Sim-PRO & AM
> Championship points: Real-PRO & AM | Sim-PRO & AM
GT World Challenge Asia Esports Championship Presented by Tarmac Works blasts back into action later today (October 27) when another star-studded Real and Sim entry assembles for round two at Laguna Seca.
89 drivers spilt across two 60-minute races will tackle the legendary Corkscrew ‘in’ California where Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli’s real-life American round took place in 2017-19.
Now the best of Asia-Pacific’s GT drivers travel there on Assetto Corsa Competizione – the official game of GT World Challenge Powered by AWS – three weeks on from the championship’s season opener at Monza.
Round 1 overall and class winner Duvashen Padayachee heads another strong Real-PRO entry comprising the best of Asia-Pacific’s teams and drivers. They include Monza’s Real-PRO runners-up JiaTong Liang and Shaun Thong, as well as championship debutant Jasper Thong.
The Real-AM class also features in the same 60-minute race where all of the early championship contenders – headed by Monza podium finishers Kevin Tse, Bihuang Zhou and Yuke Taniguchi – are present and correct.
Meanwhile, the Sim-PRO & AM race – which actually takes place before the Real contest this evening – is again packed with Asia-Pacific’s top esports talent.
Karl Petersen leads the early standings after Laundry House team-mate Andrew O’Hara was punted out of the lead at Monza. They, and Round 1’s other top-five Ams (Fadhli Rachmat, Philippa Boquida and Terry Rayton) have earned an automatic invitation to race at Laguna Seca, while the remaining 19 spaces are filled by the fastest public hot lap qualifiers.
The Pro contingent failed to out-shine the part-timers at Monza where pole-winner and hot tip Joseph De Jesus finished third after fluffing his pitstop. Third overall was still sufficient to take the early class championship lead from Kin Long Li and Youngchan Kim, each of whom also feature at Laguna Seca.
Both GT World Challenge Asia Esports races will be livestreamed back-to-back on GT World Challenge Asia’s Facebook page and SRO’s Youtube/Twitch channels later today at 19:40 and 21:00 HKT.
ABOUT GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY TARMAC WORKS
SRO Motorsports Group’s officially sanctioned sim racing franchise extends to Asia this autumn with the creation of the GT World Challenge Asia Esports Championship Presented by Tarmac Works. The five-round campaign began on October 6 and follows standalone, non-championship Charity Cup races at Suzuka on August 29.
Assetto Corsa Competizione – the official game of GT World Challenge Powered by AWS – will host all six events after successfully staging SRO’s European and US esports championships earlier this year.
Indeed, following the success of its other esports series, SRO is now fully focused on providing Asia’s real-world drivers, pro sim racers and general public with a professionally managed and highly competitive online racing environment. Experience gained in Europe and America will make GT World Challenge Asia Esports SRO’s most polished sim racing product to date and introduce several new aspects familiar to fans of real-world competition.
Like its continental counterparts Asia’s esports series will be staged on Assetto Corsa Competizione’s popular PC platform with the help of ACC’s developers, Kunos Simulazioni, while AK Informatica will once again provide first-class technical assistance and management.
2020 GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA ESPORTS CALENDAR
Charity Cup – August 29 – Suzuka, JPN (non-championship)
R1 – October 06 – Monza, ITA
R2 – October 27 – Laguna Seca, USA
R3 – November 10 – Silverstone, UK
R4 – November 24 – Spa-Francorchamps, BEL
R5 – December 08 – Suzuka, JPN
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