Nürburgring Hosts Season Opener of FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports Championship

6 November 2020 Sprint, SprintX
  • Season Two Kicks off Sunday, November 8th on Assetto Corsa Competizione 
  • 32 GT3 Entries Represent Real World and Sim Racer Pros 
  • An 18-car GT4 field to be set based on public qualifiers

A record number of FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports entries are scheduled to take the green flag for the first round of season two at virtual Nürburgring this Sunday, November 8th. 

50 rivals representing 12 GT3 and 9 GT4 manufacturers kickoff the five round sim racing championship on Assetto Corsa Competizione, the official game of GT World Challenge powered by AWS. 

Built in 1984, Nürburgring’s Grand Prix circuit has been a staple venue on the GT World Challenge calendar for many years. The 3.199-mi circuit features 15 turns and remains one of the classic race tracks in Europe and a new challenge for American esports competitors. 

This season features a new look mixed class grid with bragging rights and Championship prizing on the line from FCP Euro, ASUS Republic of Gamers, and Fanatec. Established sim racers will take on real world Pros in the GT3 category for overall honors. With GT4 entrants earning their way into the show through a public qualifier. 

The FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports Championship will be live this Sunday, November 8th on SRO’s GT World YouTube Channel, SRO Motorsport’s Twitch channel, GT World Challenge America Facebook and Twitter. Action begins at 3pm ET. 

Heitkotter Returns to New Challengers 

After dominating Season 1 with five wins, Bryan Heitkotter returns racing for Forsberg Racing with his staple Nissan GT-R GT3 Nismo machine. He’ll be joined by Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg in the second Forsberg Racing Nissan entry.   

Season two partners FCP Euro will field two Mercedes-AMG GT3 racecars with 2019 TC America TCR Champion Michael Hurczyn and runner-up Nate Vincent making their sim racing debut. 

Champion Motorsports brings an army of sim racers to the fight with season one race winner Josh Staffin (Lexus RC-F GT3), Dirk Groeneveld (Porsche 991.2 GT3 R), Hamza Gulzar (Mercedes-AMG GT3), Jonathan Lee (Porsche 991.2 GT3 R), and Branden Ouellet (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo).  

In addition, CMS’s Pro Red team will feature Chris Bruno (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo) and Matthew Marlow (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo). With the CMS Green team of Drake Burgoon (Bentley Continental GT3 2018) and Matthew Santiago (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo). 

Acura, who took top honors in last season’s Bathurst round, return with race winner Karl Wittmer driving for HPD / Honda Racing and TC America racer Sally McNulty. 

Pirelli GT4 America racers Jason Alexandridis, Ben Anderson, and Ryan Dexter will pilot Aston Martin AMR V8 Vantage racecars. With Nelson Mason returning in the maceRace esports with Racers360 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo. TC America’s Vinnie Lima will make his SRO esports debut in the NGP Motorsport’s Audi as well.  

Classic BMW with Fast Track Racing fields a trio of BMW M6 GT3 racers with Toby Grahovec, Jacob Ruud, and Kurt Wittmer driving. Jon Miller is set to compete in a BMW M6 GT3 with ST Racing after a strong season in Pirelli GT4 America.  

Haupt Racing Team, a series regular in GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, expanded to esports and will field two entries for Lukas Müller and Lucas Müller. Both Müllers having extensive sim racing experience in Formula E and the virtual 24 Hours of LeMans this season. 

SideMax Motorworks esports brings a strong duo of sim racers with Michael Kundakcioglu in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Sam Cairns in the Bentley Continental GT3. Kundakcioglu was a standout racers in the GT World Challenge Europe Am esports championship and Cairns a young talent winning the SimGrid Silver Euro Cup championship. 

GT World Challenge Europe esports racer Philippe Simard will make his American debut with the Ferrari 488 GT3. Simard races with K-PAX Racing with SIRIO eSports earlier this year. Trans-Am driver Dylan Archer will also join season two in the Archer Brothers Esports McLaren 720S GT3.  

Racing Line Motorsports enters Troy Barman, a regular Champion Motorsports league sim racer, in a Mercedes-AMG GT3. Sim racer Cody Blanton will also showcase his talents behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3. 

Follow the Action 

The stage is set. Five rounds will determine our FCP Euro GT World Challenge America Esports Champions. Following the completion of the public qualifiers, GT4 competitors will be announced this Wednesday. Tune-in and follow all the action on our social channels: 

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