The Australian Supercars series has launched an Esports championship, which is set to feature its real world drivers, during the coronavirus outbreak.
The championship will be based on the iRacing platform and real-life teams and drivers will use their own cars and liveries for the events, which will be broadcast on Supercars.com and on TV in Australia, as well as on social media and Twitch.
Supercars has yet to confirm how many of its real-world drivers will participate in the event, and said more news will be delivered in the coming days.
Erebus Motorsport’s Anton de Pasquale – a regular sim racer – was the first driver to confirm interest.
“I’ll definitely put my hand up and take part because it’s something I do a bit of now anyway,” De Pasquale told Supercars’ website.
“I’ve got a sim at home which I have a bit of fun on and hang out with some mates and do that kind of stuff, and then we have the one at Erebus too which we take a bit more seriously and use for development and training with myself.
“So I have a couple of options.”
The next three rounds of the Supercars championship are postponed making Winton the next scheduled event, in June.
The March Albert Park round that was due to support the Australian Grand Prix was postponed due to the event’s cancellation, and subsequent rounds in Tasmania, Auckland and Perth have also been postponed.