Virtual racing this weekend: esports dates, times and streams

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There might not be any real-life racing, but you can choose from major MotoGP, Formula E and NASCAR virtual races, plus F1's Virtual Grand Prix to get your motor sport fix

NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational

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Virtual racing has become well and truly mainstream during the coronavirus pandemic, with professional drivers competing in their droves, powering a series of events that fill each weekend.

Formula 1 was supposed to be racing around the streets of Monte-Carlo this weekend, but a virtual substitute promises to be a chaotic and entertaining race from start to finish.

Here’s a guide to the biggest races of this weekend (all times BST).

 

Saturday

2am eNASCAR iRacing Series

2pm MotoGP Virtual Grand Prix

3:30pm Formula E Race at Home Challenge

5pm All-Star Series

 

Sunday

12:45pm SRO Esports Series

 

Virtual racing, Saturday 30 May

eNASCAR iRacing Series

Saturday 30 May, 2am BST

NASCAR has returned to the race track in real life but the series’ esports championship continues on as normal, with the racing coming from the virtual Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Last time out at Charlotte, it was Kolin Keister who took victory, winning the season’s longest race for Roush Fenway Racing. Under pressure late-on from series champion and 15-time winner Ryan Luza, rookie Keister held his nerve and scored his first victory in the eNASCAR series.

Racing begins on Saturday in the early hours of the morning in the UK and 9pm ET on Friday. The event will be viewable online on the iRacing YouTube channel.

 

MotoGP British Virtual GP

Saturday 30 May, 2pm BST

Though the real 2020 British MotoGP round has been cancelled, the series will visit Silverstone in the virtual world in the fourth race of the official MotoGP Virtual GP series.

In round three, Alex Márquez survived an eventful race for the leaders to take his second win of the championship, while Valentino Rossi made it onto the podium in third.

Contact between Fabio Quartararo and Márquez allowed reigning champion Marc Márquez into the lead, but a mistake on the last lap opened the door for his younger brother to take the win in the final corner.

This weekend’s race will be viewable on the official MotoGP YouTube channel on Sunday afternoon.

Formula E Race at Home Challenge

Saturday 30 May, 3:30pm BST

Formula E’s Race at Home Challenge continues this weekend after a controversial week following the last round.

Daniel Abt’s decision to have an esports pro race in his place eventually cost him his Audi Formula E drive, having been found to have not been driving at the virtual Berlin ePrix last weekend.

Oliver Rowland was the driver who took victory, as the Nissan e.dams driver scored his first win in the online series over Mercedes’ Stoffel Vandoorne.

This weekend’s race will be available to watch via Formula E’s social media pages as well as on YouTube and Twitch.

 

All-Star Series

Saturday 30 May, 5pm BST

The All-Star Series is already into its second championship, with the familiar format of three groups of drivers: pros, sim racers and ‘Legends’.

Last weekend, Fernando Alonso took victory in his second appearance in the series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the same weekend the 2020 Indy 500 was supposed to take place, holding off Jenson Button in an intense final lap battle.

Bentley, Mercedes, Aston Martin and now Hyundai are among the manufacturers backing teams in the Pro championship.

Racing will be streamed online on YouTube, which can be viewed above, and the packed line-up of active and former racers will no doubt provide another great weekend of virtual racing.

Virtual racing, Sunday 31 May

SRO E-Sport GT Series

Sunday 31 May, 12:45pm BST

Round four of the SRO esports GT World Challenge Series heads to the Circuit de Catalunya for Pro and Silver rounds of its 2020 esports season.

Last time out at the Nurburgring, Ben Barnicoat fended off Louis Deletraz to win the Pro series race in a photo finish while Jesus Sicilia dominated in the wet to win for Aston Martin.

Deletraz will be eager to gain revenge in this weekend’s race, as he currently trails Barnicoat by 43 points and reigning F1 esports champion David Tonizza heads up the Silver standings by just 2 points over Sicilia.

The racing will be done on sim game Assetto Corsa Competizione, and will be viewable online via the Race Department Twitch channel on Sunday.

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