Codemasters has announced the latest sim racing esport championship. Using DiRT Rally 2.0, it features a $10,000 prize pool, and begins in earnest next week.
The DiRT Rally 2.0 World Championship will be open to all players on each of the three platforms (PS4, XB1, and PC), and will include dedicated programs for both rally and rallycross. A new esport tab in the game’s main menu is now available, coming in as part of yesterday’s Version 1.8 update.
Qualifying begins on September 10. Each week will focus on a specific stage and car class. The fastest drivers each week, on each platform, will automatically qualify for the quarter finals, which take place in early December. In addition, a fourth platform slot for each month will be available for the driver with the fastest cumulative time.
December’s quarter and semi finals will be broadcast live across the Motorsport Network channels and DR2. Players will have the freedom to pick their own input devices through to this point, but the Final will be a wheel-only affair.
Speaking of the Final, it will take place at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, England, on the weekend of January 11, 2020. Expect a full breakdown of that $10,000 prize pool later in the year.
Players looking to take part can do so from the World Championship tab in the DR2 main menu.
DR2 Game Director Ross Gowing chimes in:
“After six months of planning, we are finally ready to launch the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Championship and we can’t wait to get started. Our players are passionate and love the thrill of competing. We look forward to crowning our inaugural World Champions in January and wish all our players the very best of luck.”
DiRT Rally 2.0 World Championship Schedule
- September 10: Poland – Kopina – H2 FWD
- September 17: Argentina – Las Juntas – Group B 4WD
- September 24: New Zealand – Te Awanga Forward – R5
- October 08: Spain – Comienzo en Bellriu – Rally GT
- October 15: USA – North Fork Pass – Group A
- October 22: Australia – Mount Kaye Pass – Group B 4WD
- November 05: Poland – Czarny Las – H3 RWD
- November 12: New Zealand – Waimarama Point Reserve – R2
- November 19: Spain – Decenso por carretera – R5
- September 10: Hell, Norway – RX1600
- September 17: Trois-Rivières, Canada – RX2
- September 24: Lohéac Bretagne, France – RX Supercars
- October 08: Montalegre, Portugal – RX Supercars
- October 15: Silverstone, England – RX2
- October 22: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain – RX1600
- November 05: Mettet, Belgium – RX2
- November 12: Höljes, Sweden – RX1600
- November 19: Hell, Norway – RX Supercars
Quarter and Semi Finals:
December 7-8: Broadcast live
World Championship Final:
January 11–12: Broadcast live from Autosport International Show, Birmingham