After a knock-out first season last year, the Formula Pro Series racing esports championship returns for 2022.
Using the fictional V10-powered single-seater within the rFactor 2 simulator, there will be a 24-car grid featuring some of the biggest professional esports teams and brightest driving talent.
The 12 teams will be battling for a share in a $50,000 prize pool across six rounds, all in identical 800bhp machines with a push-to-pass facility.
The first race is on the 9th May around Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, followed by a subsequent round every two weeks until the finale at the start of August.
Formula Pro compliments Formula Challenge – the latter being a series where open qualifiers within rFactor 2 have determined the entry list. Each week there isn’t a Formula Pro race, there will be a Formula Challenge event to watch too.
At the end of the 2022 Formula Pro season, there will be a relegation race between the bottom two teams of Formula Pro and the top two teams of Formula Challenge.
The loser will be relegated to compete in Formula Challenge for 2023. Similarly, there’s a chance for one team to be promoted from Challenge to Pro for 2023.
The cars used in both series are similar, however, the Formula Pro competitors received 25 per cent more power.
Last season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports Team driver Bono Huis backed up his sterling reputation – five times a Formula Sim Racing champion and Visa Vegas eRace title holder – by winning every race in a dominant display of sim racing prowess.
Reigning champion Bono Huis and runner-up Jeffrey Rietveld will be returning. The rest of the driver and teams line-up for Formula Pro will be announced at a later date.
Formula Pro 2022 race calendar
- Round 1 – Spa-Francorchamps – 9th May 2022
- Round 2 – Monza – 23rd May 2022
- Round 3 – Daytona Road Course – 6th June 2022
- Round 4 – Donington Park – 4th July 2022
- Round 5 – Côte d’Azur – 18th July 2022
- Round 6 – TBA – 1st August 2022
Formula Pro 2022 race format
- Qualifying – 15 minutes
- Race – 60 minutes
- Push-to-pass system – 60 seconds per driver per race, use at each driver’s discretion. Disabled in qualifying.
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