McLaren Shadow First iRacing Qualifier Now Live

Esports August 6, 2018 by

The competition for a seat on McLaren’s new esport team is on. McLaren first announced its Shadow initiative earlier this summer, and now aspiring sim racers have two iRacing events to compete in.

Both open-wheel and sports car fans will be pleased. The five-week long qualifier uses McLaren’s 2015 F1 car, the MP4-30, as well as the MP4-12C GT3 endurance racer. Each car will have three races per day (0100, 1000, and 1900 GMT), using the standard iRacing points structure.

As you’d expect, MP4-30 drivers will be taming a variety of F1 circuits. There will be five in total: Montreal, Nürburgring, Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, and Interlagos. Closed cockpit pilots will take in Brands Hatch, Zolder, COTA, Imola, and Suzuka.

The driver with the highest combined points total — across both disciplines — will earn a spot at the McLaren Shadow finals, held at the company’s Woking Technology Centre in January 2019.

If you want to watch the events, the Sunday qualifiers will be live streamed on the iRacing website, from 2000 BST.

Full details on the events can be found here, and a breakdown of the two can be found below. Good luck!

McLaren Shadow MP4-30 Qualifying

  • Five Weeks – July 31 – September 3
  • Three races per day – 01:00, 10:00, 19:00 GMT
  • Open setups
  • Standard iRacing points
  • Open to D license and above
  • Tracks – Montreal, Nurburgring GP, Monza, Spa, Interlagos

McLaren Shadow MP4-12C Qualifying

  • Five Weeks – September 11 – October 15
  • Three races per day – 01:00, 10:00, 19:00 GMT
  • Open setups
  • Standard iRacing points
  • Open to D license and above
  • Tracks – Brands Hatch, Circuit Zolder, Circuit of the Americas, Imola, Suzuka

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