Porsche and iRacing have joined forces to launch a new, one-make esports championship in 2019.
Entitled the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series, the competition will consist of 10 races that will be held “over several months throughout the year” with competitors battling it out to win a share of $100,000 (that’s just a tad over £79,000).
Though “participants from different nations” will be allowed to compete, only one car will be used: the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup that was added to iRacing in January 2017.
“Porsche is more and more involved with eSports and racing simulations, stated Dr. Kjell Gruner, Vice President of Marketing at Porsche. “Putting together a world championship like this one is important evidence of our increasing commitment to the sport.”
Steve Myers, Executive Vice President & Executive Producer of iRacing added: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Porsche as a partner for the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series. This is a milestone year for our world championships – it is the 10th year we have hosted and sanctioned world championships and to be able to offer a $100,000 prize pool shows how far we have come. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the fantastic partnership we have with Porsche.”
Details on the race calendar will be revealed closer to the series’ launch, though it was confirmed the qualification rounds (which feature 40 drivers) will commence in January 2019. All ten rounds will be broadcast on the iRacing eSports Network and on www.iRacing.com as well as yet to be announced Porsche channels.