Project CARS’ latest eSports tournament drew to a close over the weekend, with £4500 being dished out across the lucky winners on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Streamed live on Twitch, the best drivers on Slightly Mad Studios’ 2015 racer went head-to-head across two 15 lap races on British circuits Brands Hatch and Oulton Park in the Ginetta GT3 racer. The end results were anything but tame with such a huge prize at stake.
PlayStation 4 Finals
Some of the fastest racers on Sony’s flagship platform found themselves involved in battles all across the combined 30 total laps they had to drive in the Ginetta grand finale. The racing was mostly clean, however that didn’t mean that it was passive.
Aggressive overtakes and a few less than gracious explorations of the track limits meant that those watching live were treated to quite a spectacle. Well-known eSport teams ‘Shark’ and ‘eSports+CARS’ had representatives in the race through ‘Atho’ and ‘eon’, respectively. Both drivers managed to set the precedent for what would be needed pace-wise alongside independent driver ‘Majkl_1-‘. However, it was the solo driver who managed to come out on top in the end.
Taking home the £1500 prize, he held off TSRacing_Atho and CAR_kie for victory. An impressive win and you can see both of his races in the above YouTube upload of the stream.
Xbox One Finals
The Xbox One finals were all about Team SDL, with ‘M Power’ and ‘Rossi46’ putting in some very impressive performances. From the first race, both of the SDL drivers dominated and took a maximum points finish with ‘M Power’ taking first and ‘Rossi46’ in second place.
When racing moved to Brands however, SDL had some serious competition from BAM eSports driver ‘Anto’. The racer cruised to a 1st place finish ahead of the 2 SDL drivers who seemed to surrender after realizing a double podium would secure the team and M Power the championship. He takes home the cool £1500 prize pot.
The most prominent home of sim racing hosted an expectedly high level of competition in the final stream of the tournament. Where there were quite a few podium changes on the other platforms, ‘Khaki’ and ‘Mangator’ had secure grips on the 1st and 2nd spot in race 1 and they followed this through from start to finish.
Race 2 was a bit more unpredictable, with ‘Mangator’ and ‘flamedpheonix’ getting the job on ‘Khaki’ which pushed him to the very edge of defeat but he managed to hold out and secure a necessary 3rd place to win the Ginetta cup. A great performance is rewarded with the championship win and a decent purse of prize money.
The Project CARS X Ginetta Cup is another example of how pCARS is leading the way in the eSports scene. With sponsorship deals from real car manufacturers, there’s a definite growing interest in the virtual racers who are fast enough to compete at this level.
Congratulations to all the winners — you can find the full results here.