Australia’s Supercars Championship has partnered with Forza Motorsport for a new, national esports competition.
The Harvey Norman Supercars Forza Challenge kicks off this weekend on Forza Motorsport 6. Qualifying will take place within the game’s Rivals Mode. Players will set their best lap times in a virtual Supercar on the famous Mount Panorama circuit.
This pilot event could just be the start. If all goes well, the one-off could grow into a global series, taking place across more live events during the Supercars championship. Supercars CEO James Warburton comments:
“This e-sports initiative is an exciting opportunity to showcase Supercars and further our fan engagement, representing a significant growth market for our teams and partners. The synergy and popularity of racing games and the sport of Supercars means that a e-Sports Championship in 2018 will become a natural extension of our product offering. We are delighted to be partnering with Harvey Norman and Microsoft as well as the stars of our show, the Supercars drivers and their teams.”
The fastest eight qualifiers will move on to the Challenge Finals on October 4–8, which will take place at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 race. The finalists will team up with some of the top drivers from the Supercars Championship for a special All-Stars Challenge.
The grand finals will take place across a virtual 10-race championship on Forza Motorsport 7 to determine the ultimate winner. The Supercars.com website will stream the entire even live, as well as other broadcasters.
Winners at the live finals will be competing for a brand new Xbox One X console and gaming chair as the top prize.
Registration for the online qualifiers is now open for Australian residents aged 18 and over. For more details on how to enter, head over to the ESL website here for the full terms and conditions.
Stay tuned for more news on the Forza Supercars Challenge. For discussions on the competition, be sure to stop by our Forza Motorsport 6 forum section.