The partnership between the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and sim racing platform iRacing has strengthened further following the announcement of an on-platform racing series for active subscribers.
The iRacing FIA F4 Esports Regional Tour will feature on the list of available races for drivers, broken down into four regions: two European regions, Americas and Asia/Pacific. Each region will have circuits that match the nations included and anyone can enter under any geographic area.
Races will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays across a season at 7 pm, 9 pm and 11 pm for each region.
In May of this year, the two parties combined to rename the Formula iR-04 to the FIA F4. “In addition to iRacing’s new FIA F4 Challenge, iRacing and the FIA are discussing additional esports plans for the future,” said iRacing President Tony Gardner at the time.
Since then, there’s been the FIA-supported Northern European Esports Masters iRacing series and iRacing subscriptions and the FIA F4 car are being given away with Motorsport UK Esports memberships.
“The iRacing FIA F4 Esports Regional Tour is an amazing next step in our collaboration with the FIA around the Formula 4 platform,” said iRacing president Tony Gardner.
“We have always shared the FIA’s vision of giving the next great racers an approachable platform to learn the skills they need to excel in real-world motorsport.
“Bringing the FIA Formula 4 to iRacing has been a successful starting point, and creating iRacing FIA F4 Esports Regional Tour divisions brings the real and virtual worlds even closer together as iRacers look to beat the best in their part of the world.”
It has not yet been announced when this motorsport governing body-supported series will take place, however, other than ‘later this year’. iRacing’s Season 4 kicks off next week for 12 weeks.