FIA Motorsport Games Returns for 2021, With New Events and New Venue

Motorsports 0 January 28, 2021 by

After having to put a pause on proceedings in 2020, the FIA Motorsport Games will return this year, with more events than before.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Motorsport Games, it’s essentially a motorsport Olympics. Nations select squads of drivers to participate in a number of different disciplines, winning gold, silver, and bronze medals in each.

For the first event in October/November 2019, at Vallelunga in Italy, there were six events in total. These consisted of circuit races in the GT Cup, Touring Car Cup, and F4 Cup, on-track action in the Drifting Cup, a Karting Slalom Cup, and the Digital Cup — using Gran Turismo Sport. Team Russia won overall, with Team Australia sharing second alongside host nation Italy courtesy of Cody Latkovski’s Gran Turismo gold.

All six events return for the 2021 edition, but this time there’ll be 18 different events in total. This will include new circuit disciplines like LMP3, and GT Sprint, while the games will recognize off-road racing for the first time too across six categories. High tier Rally2 and entry level Rally4 will be part of four rally categories, alongside Historic Rally and Historic Regularity Rally, with a Cross Car event — split into junior and senior classes — closing out the offering.

As originally planned for 2020, France will host the 2021 event, over the weekend of October 29-31. Circuit Paul Ricard at La Castellet will provide the venue for all of the circuit racing, with Sainte-Baume Natural Regional Park hosting the rally events. Auto Cross Veynois, near Gap, will also stage the Cross Car events.

While we’d expect GT Sport to return as the software of the Digital Cup, the FIA Motorsport Games will reveal more about the various events in due course.

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