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TCR Virtual is almost here - It's Esports, but it's not what you think!


Finally an esports competition which doesn't start with a hotlap leaderboard. TCR Virtual is just around the corner and you can take part by racing in the actual championship that the eventual winners will be competing in. A unique knockout system only made possible by Simracing.GP means everyone gets to race.

TCR Virtual is the first public esports competition organised by WSC Group, the organisation responsible for real-world TCR racing all over the globe and it starts on Monday at 19:00 BST. This is an esports tournament like nothing else that's gone before. Rather than setting a lap time on a hotlap leaderboard that only the top esports pros have a chance of qualifying from, in TCR Virtual you must race your way to victory.

Below is an overview of the competition and how it works.

Official TCR Mod Download​

TCR have developed an officially licensed mod for Assetto Corsa and will be available as a free download right here on RaceDepartment once the competition starts. The download will include all the cars and tracks you need to compete in the qualifying phase. The cars have league physics meaning they all handle exactly the same. They will be updated after the tournament to have individual physics but during the tournament it means you can choose your favourite car without the fear of any others being OP at certain tracks.

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Qualification​

To qualify for the Knockout tournament drivers must take part in a qualification race. The races are 10 minutes long and you must finish the race with NO incidents, so drive safely and you are guaranteed to qualify. Remember the aim of the qualifying race is not to win but to complete the race with no incidents, so there's no point sending it at T1.

NOTE - You can take part in as many qualifying heats as you like.

One notable change to the explainer video posted above is that Qualifying has been extended to four weeks, right up until the final day of the first round to give as many people a chance to qualify as possible.

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Knockout Phase​

When you have completed the qualifying race successfully you will be able to take part in a regional knockout. The idea is simple. Join a regional Knockout and enter a heat. In round one the top 50% of the finishers in each heat will progress to round two and the bottom 50% will be eliminated. The number of drivers will reduce until there are only 20 drivers left, and they will make up the regional finals.

NOTE - You can only take part in one heat per round

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Regional Finals​

Each continental Final will consist of the Final 20 Drivers. The Continental Final will consist of two races, the second being reverse grid. To determine the winner of the two races TCR’s traditional championship point scoring system to decide each regional champion. The regional finals will take place on 10th December at 19:00 Local Time

The top 3 of the Continental Finals will be invited to the on-site TCR Virtual Grand Finale.

On-Site Grand Finale​

The on-site Grand Finale will be held in 2022. With the difficulty surrounding international travel in the current climate, we will release full details of the plan surrounding at a later date.

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So thats it until Monday when you will be able to download the mod and jump into a qualifying race. In the meantime, if you haven't already head over to Simracing.GP and sign up and get ready to take part in TCR Virtual.

TCR Virtual Official Forum​

Click here to visit the Official TCR Virtual forum to ask questions, discuss the series or share your thoughts.
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Steve Worrell
A motorsport fanatic and sim racer for over 20 years. Content creator for RD, and MD at Simracing.gp. Favourite sims include ACC, AC, RF2, AMS, WRC9 - VernWozza#7419 @vernwozza

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I didn't expect that the cars would handle the same right now haha, but it makes sense, should make better racing (hopefully). It's good that they will get their individual physics after though.
Yeah we spoke about this a lot. We thought it was the only fair way to make sure all the manufactures would get a fair representation and offer a level playing field. But yeah, I am also looking forward to the individual physics after the tournament.
 
I have been into too many esports tournaments over the years where one car is favored over the other (RACE 07 BMW anyone?) because the physics or performance weren't balanced. Entire fields of almost single brand cup cars don't do racing series any justice. The beauty of motorsports is to have a diverse field of contestants.

What car are you looking forward to the most to drive?
 
I really hope the unique physics released after the event will not just be an afterthought but rather made with the same effort as if they were created for the championship.

Speaking of which, If all cars have the same physics, which physics will they have?
Will it be one particular TCR car sharing its physics with all the others, or will it be a general set of physics without the intent of simulating real life counterparts?
 
I really hope the unique physics released after the event will not just be an afterthought but rather made with the same effort as if they were created for the championship.

Speaking of which, If all cars have the same physics, which physics will they have?
Will it be one particular TCR car sharing its physics with all the others, or will it be a general set of physics without the intent of simulating real life counterparts?
Its one set of physics that have been developed alongside the thoughts and feedback of the real world drivers across multiple TCR series alongside some of the top sim racers.

The entire project has full support for the future of TCR and simracing running alongside, not just for this 3 month competition but for events stretching over the next 12 months and beyond.

This isn't a splash in the pan. For some of us, this has been our little simracing baby that we have been nuturing and are now revealing to the world (be kind, don't upset our baby! ;) )

Good luck to all the drivers taking part, we look forward to seeing you all on track!
 
I have been into too many esports tournaments over the years where one car is favored over the other (RACE 07 BMW anyone?) because the physics or performance weren't balanced. Entire fields of almost single brand cup cars don't do racing series any justice. The beauty of motorsports is to have a diverse field of contestants.

The Volvo in STCC The Game based on RACE 07 (so not to be confused with the PS1-era STCC game).
 
I have been into too many esports tournaments over the years where one car is favored over the other (RACE 07 BMW anyone?) because the physics or performance weren't balanced. Entire fields of almost single brand cup cars don't do racing series any justice. The beauty of motorsports is to have a diverse field of contestants.

What car are you looking forward to the most to drive?
Oooh, the RS3 is my favourite, not to mention it looks awesome.
 
I want a livery with racing stripes. We all know those give +5 speed.

Looking forward to this series seeing daylight! :D
 
Nice! Great timing. I just got done watching the TCRs run at VIR on IMSA last weekend and was playing around with some mods I found because they looked so fun. Looking forward to the round(s) I make it through :D
 
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Have the actual signups gone live? The link that suggests you head to to sign up just sends you to the generic simracing.gp page
Pretty keen to give this a go
 

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