MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries with VRRC – THIS IS NOT A GAME
The MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries in association with Virtual Reality Racing Club (VRRC) uses the same specification Gen 3 F56 MINI JCW race car used in the UK’s premier touring car support class, the eSeries will follow the same calendar as the original proposed 2020 season and will start in May.
The series is open to both real-world MINI CHALLENGE drivers and sim racers. A number of grid slots will be made available to the sim racers using a qualifying format which will take place in the week commencing 11th May. Entries will open on the 27th April and close on the 8th May.
The races will be live streamed via the MINI CHALLENGE Facebook page and YouTube Channels. The series will be run on the Assetto Corsa simulation platform with weekly races on a Saturday afternoon. A test server will allow drivers to practice at the circuit during the week leading up to the race. Races will be a double header event with a qualifying session determining the starting grid for race one and a reverse top ten grid for the second race. This will then be repeated. Points will be awarded as per the real MINI CHALLENGE championship.
Antony Williams, Championship Director said “I am pleased to be able to launch this eSeries. Whilst we are not racing in real life at the moment this allows our championship to continue, albeit in the virtual world. Our partners and those of our competing drivers are able to continue to benefit from the promotional opportunities the MINI CHALLENGE presents. This is very much our first foray into the world of eSports, but hopefully it can become a part of what we have to offer here at the MINI CHALLENGE.”
A significant prize pool in excess of £20,000 and sponsors of the eSeries will be announced in due course.
To cover the costs of running this series an entry fee of £50 inc VAT will be charged per event. To register your interest please e-mail Rich at VRRC on firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will open on Monday 27th April. The closing date for entries is the 8th May.
All the content used in the ‘MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries’ is available either in the Assetto Corsa game (downloadable from Steam here – ) or is available free from the following sources.
Note to all drivers competing in the MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries, to ensure that you can get in the server and that live streams show the correct livery a fresh install of all circuits and car model will be provided prior to the season start. Feel free to download the below, however please note that you will need to uninstall (delete) and reinstall (we will co-ordinate this) to gain access to the server.
MINI CHALLENGE F56 by Pessio: https://www.racedepartment.com/threads/mini-cooper-jcw-uk-challenge-f56.177516/
Silverstone and Brands Hatch Indy and GP are included in the game.
Croft – by Terra21: https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/croft-circuit.16806/
Donington Park – by Brun : https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/donington-park.3031/
Knockhill – by Tiago Lima: https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/knockhill-racing-circuit.8513/
Snetterton – Rainmaker and Lasercutter: https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/snetterton-2011.7327/
We’d like to thank those above for producing this content.
For the ‘MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries’ we have updated a number of skins in the game to 2020 specification as well a number of new liveries. (Thank you to Kenny Press). We will make all skins available for free download once they are completed to provide back to the sim racing community.
The entry fees for the MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries does not include the sale, hire or lease of any content for the Assetto Corsa game, this is all provided for free.
How to enter
To enter please use the entry form on this page. Also please read the ‘MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries – terms and conditions’ available below .
Creation of your own custom livery: £50 inc VAT
Race by race entry fee: £50 inc VAT
Season entry fee: £350 inc VAT
Please pay via the VRRC website – https://virtualrealityracingclub.com/shop-1/ols/categories/mini-challenge-eseries
Included in entry
The MINI CHALLENGE Official eSeries is a serious and professionally run sim racing series. Included within entry fees:
- Live streaming of the race series to the MINI CHALLENGE YouTube and Facebook pages with professional commentary
- Race clerk of the course and the dealing of judicial matters
- Production of race results and championship points
- Access to the dedicated private race and test server
- Technical support to ensure every driver can enjoy without problems
- Marketing of the championship
- Our aim is to continue to provide value for our partners and support our drivers and their sponsors too
- Big prizes
- Donation to the NHS Charities
Entries are now closed for the Spring/Summer competition.
Register your interest in the Autumn / Winter MINI CHALLENGE UK Official eSeries.
We will contact you when we release information about the Autumn / Winter MINI CHALLENGE UK Official eSeries.