During the Sim Racing Expo at the Nürburgring in September 2021, after several months of development work the WSC Group showed its official TCR mods for Assetto Corsa for the first time and announced an upcoming tournament. One month later, the TCR Virtual Community opened on the Simracing.gp platform and qualifications began for the first edition of the TCR Virtual Cup, an elimination tournament with an innovative format created in collaboration with RaceDepartment.
The tournament immediately proved to be extremely popular with nearly 9,000 competitors from 138 countries joining the Community over the three months or so of the TCR Virtual Cup. Over 7,600 Qualifying Race entries and 2,799 knockout-qualifying drivers were divided into three continental ‘brackets’; the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe (which included Africa) to let them fight race by race, corner by corner. Prize money totaling €10,000 has been won during the Cup and, thanks to partners Next Level Racing and Venym, several products have been distributed to contestants.
After a total of 1,014 races and 51,407 lap completed, Juan Manuel Gomez from Argentina won the ‘Americas’ bracket, Riley McKibbin from Australia won in ‘Asia-Pacific’ while Lukas Mateja from the Czech Republic won the ‘Europe’ group. But the question now is…who is the best TCR Virtual driver overall?
On the 12th of March at the Racing Fuel Academy in Zurich, the final challenge will take place to find that out and the winner of this event will then get the chance to test a real TCR car.
The event has been named the TCR Virtual Cup 21 – Global Final; an invitational race reserved for the top drivers from the three continental finals, in the presence of special guests from the ‘real’ TCR world. It promises to be a fantastic opportunity for the sim racing finalists to meet and compare notes with the TCR specialists.
From the 25th of February all finalists will have the opportunity to test on five racetracks. On March 11th three of these circuits will be selected for the Global Final. The competition format will see a qualifying session and a race for each circuit with a points-scoring system for both sessions. Drivers will compete using the seven TCR models seen so far, but there will also be a surprise that will be revealed very soon. The Global Final will, naturally, be live streamed on the TCR and RaceDepartment channels.
Whatever you do, don’t miss it. The 12th of March is not that far away…! Stay Tuned…new TCR Virtual competitions will be also announced soon!
[Fonte WSC Limited]