Aussie Touring Cars go virtual

Fresh from announcing its new on-track dates for 2020, the carsales TCR Australia series has now announced a second season of digital racing.

But rather than re-use the iRacing platform with its single Audi RS 3 racer, the new carsales TCR Australia SimRacing Series will swap to the Assetto Corsa software that TCR Europe has been using during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The change brings “a greater range of real world realities, with TCR cars from Audi, Hyundai, Honda, Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Renault, Volkswagen and Cupra all available for teams to run” plus it aligns the Australian digital campaign “as part of the globally promoted series” in which the drivers will be able to “win real world prizes”.

The carsales TCR Australia SimRacing Series will see the drivers compete in their appropriate make of TCR car and complete with real team livery in a seven-round series – six of which will be on Australian circuits.

Entries are open to drivers or teams that compete in the TCR Australia or TCR New Zealand Series.

Places in the carsales TCR Australia SimRacing Series will be strictly limited to 18 cars, with substantial prizes for the top three in the series including free entry in real-world competition. More details will be confirmed shortly.

“The carsales TCR Australia SimRacing Series is going to be a great way to continue the online racing theme as the world begins to emerge from lock down,” said TCR promoter Australian Racing Group boss, Matt Braid.

“The ARG eSport Cup has been a terrific initiative and now we are able to following this up with an internationally-promoted series.”

The Assetto Corsa platformed TCR series is sanctioned by WSC, the global promoter of TCR racing. The Australian series is just the second national series to join the global digital TCR platform.

The carsales TCR Australia SimRacing Series will start with a round hosted at the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit on June 18, followed by races at Mount Panorama, Sydney Motorsport Park, Surfers Paradise, Sandown and Adelaide. The final round will be staged at the (in)famous Macau street circuit.

carsales TCR Australia SimRacing Series calendar:
Rd1: Albert Park, June 18
Rd2: Mount Panorama, July 2
Rd3: Sydney Motorsport Park, July 16
Rd4: Surfers Paradise, July 30
Rd5: Sandown, August 6
Rd6: Adelaide, August 20
Rd7: Macau, September 3