The qualifying rounds for the Le Mans Esports Series’ first race has begun, in tandem with the contest’s launch at the Six Hours of Silverstone endurance race.
Consisting of online and offline events hosted on Forza Motorsport 7, the Le Mans Esports Series is touted as an accessible competition, with professional e-racers, amateur competitors and beginner players being eligible to participate.
Entrants will also be able to select which region they wish to represent in the Le Mans Esports Series: “Europe, Middle East and Africa”, “the Americas” and “Asia and Oceania”. The region can be selected during the contest’s registration phase.
Seven rounds will make up the inaugural Le Mans Esports Series, with the last being the Super Final held in May 2019 at the Circuit de la Sarthe and culminating just before the real-life Le Mans 24 Hours race.
The remaining six events will run in tandem with World Endurance Championship races and the Autosport International exhibition, with the 6 Hours of Silverstone-supporting event being active now at time of writing.
Entrants will be guaranteed a place in the final by winning the qualifying stage outright, with the three regions’ qualifying round victors forming a three-person team for the Super Final.
Four more teams will be formed based on how competitive the entrants were against the competitors they were racing against, with the event organisers also fast tracking two additional teams to the event at Le Mans.In total, 12 three-person teams will be pitted against each other in the Super Final races.
Prospective participants can register for the Le Mans Esports Series here. A full schedule for the competition can be found below:
Round One: Silverstone Racing Circuit (6 Hours of Silverstone)
Registration: 18th August 2018 to 31st August 2018
Qualifying: 18th August 2018 to 31st August 2018
Races: 4th September 2018 to 15th September 2018
Held at: Online races only
Round Two: Suzuka Circuit ( 6 Hours of Fuji)
Registration:16th September 2018 to 29th September 2018
Qualifying: 16th September 2018 to 29th September 2018
Races: 25th September 2018 to 6th October 2018
Held at: Online; offline event on 12th October 2018 for Asian and Oceanic competitors at Fuji Speedway
Round Three: Bathurst (Six Hours of Shanghai)
Registration: 18th October 2018 to 11th November 2018
Qualifying: 29th October 2018 to 11th November 2018
Races: 20th November 2018 to 1st December 2018
Held at: Online only
Round Four: Brands Hatch (Autosport International)
Registration: 8th December 2018 to 30th December 2018
Qualifying: 17th December 2018 to 30th December 2018
Races: 25th December 2018 to 5th January 2019
Held at: Online; offline event for European, Middle-Eastern and African competitors on 10th January at Autosport International
Round Five: Sebring International Raceway (1,000 Miles of Sebring)
Registration: 17th January 2019 to 9th February 2019
Qualifying: 27th January 2019 to 9th February 2019
Races: 19th February 2019 to 2nd March 2019
Held at: Online; offline evet for American competitors on 13th March 2019 at to be disclosed location
Round Six: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps)
Registration: 19th March 2019 to 11th April 2019
Qualifying: 29th March 2019 to 11th April 2019
Races: 20th April 2019 to 1st May 2019
Held at: Online only
Round Seven: Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe (24 Hours of Le Mans)
Qualifying: 8th May 2018 to 21st May 2018
Races: 14th June 2019
Held at: Super Final at Circuit de la Sarthe