As the COVID-19 outbreak has caused the world’s biggest racing events to hit the brakes, fans and professionals alike have taken more notice of e-sports and sim racing.
As a matter of fact, Formula E has already launched its new e-sports competition in partnership with UNICEF called the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge. This nine-week championship aims to help raise funds for UNICEF, and at the same time increase global awareness on the ongoing pandemic.
Donations amassed throughout the competition will go to UNICEF’s global emergency projects. All contributions will support those helping to provide personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers, as well as those setting up home learning systems for children who are currently out of school.
All teams and drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, plus a selection of top gamers, will compete in the e-sports championship via the racing simulator rFactor 2. The software features the latest Formula E cars, updated liveries of all current teams, and iconic street tracks from across the globe.
The main race events will be staged every weekend starting April 18, 2020, and all competitors must qualify ahead of each event. The qualifying window is set from Monday to Thursday every week, and the 18 quickest racers at the end of the window will automatically advance to the main event for the week.
The first Saturday will only host a non-point scoring pre-season test event, while the remaining eight will follow the traditional scoring system with extra points for pole position and fastest lap, and double points to be offered during the final race. Something worth noting here, too, is the special ‘race royale’ format which will be followed.
In this format, the last placer at the end of each lap will be eliminated. Then, once the race is down to 10 drivers on the track, a single-lap sprint to the finish will determine the points given to each player. The top three finishers for each main event will automatically qualify for the next one. Points, on the other hand, are carried over to the succeeding weekends.
Fans can stream the championship through Formula E’s official social media platforms on Facebook, Facebook Gaming, Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch.
We’re always looking for stuff to do these days anyway, so we might as well mark our calendars already for some weekend racing (simulation) action over the next couple of months.