FRANKFURT, GERMANY (Thursday 7th December 2017) Today marks the start of the final event on the esports racing calendar, the 2017 Esports WRC Powered by Hyundai Grand Final.
Eight drivers have reached the Grand Final, which will be hosted by Hyundai Motorsport at their facility in Alzenau, after competing in 13 online events over the year, mirroring the actual WRC calendar.
All drivers will compete over 7 stages later today with he top three progressing to a 3 stage shootout for the title of 2017 Champion and the top prize of a brand new Hyundai i20 (valued at over €20,000).
The final 3 stages will be steamed live on Facebook across WRC, Hyundai Motorsport, Playseat, and Thrustmaster’s channels.
Representing ESPORTS+CARS will be recent additions to the #VirtualRaceTeam, Jonathan Holmes (Great Britain) and Mathew Smith (New Zealand).
Holmes is no stranger to the esports scene as a former Trackmania champion and has had an impressive season in the Esports WRC championship finishing in second place with victory in 3 rallies and 9 podiums.
“Having been part of the esports racing scene for many years I am really exited to join ESPORTS+CARS and represent the team at the Esports WRC Final.” Said Holmes. He went on to share his thoughts about the upcoming event:
“Winning the karting event was a great start to the event and a confidence boost, but I know I am going up against the best in the world, so I am going to give it my all and see where I end up.”
Matthew Smith qualifies for today’s final as only one of two console players with the remainder all qualifying via PC. He will be arriving in Frankfurt having just finished runner up in the 2017 New Zealand Gran Turismo Sport Championship Final the morning before departure, taking home $2000 and other prizes, which is sure to give him a boost going into his second live esports final of the week.
“It’s been a long flight to get here but made easier by my result in the GT Sport competition just a few hours before I left New Zealand! The WRC Final should be a lot of fun and I am excited to see the Hyundai Motorsport factory.” Said Smith.
Team Principle and creator of GT Academy and World’s Fastest Gamer Darren Cox welcomed the duo to the team:
“I am delighted to welcome both Jonathan and Matthew to our team and wish them the best of luck in the Final. It’s great to see the team growing both in terms of the platforms we are competing on and the global reach of our drivers.”
ESPORTS+CARS arrives at the final event of the season having achieved great success at November’s F1 Esports Series Grand Final which took place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Brendon Leigh (Great Britain) was crowned inaugural champion and Mads Sørensen took home the DHL Fastest Lap Award.