Motorsport UK has announced it will be running its first ever British F4 Esports Championship.
Alongside title sponsor ROKiT, Motorsport UK, has set out plans for a 12-race series using iRacing’s IR-04 single-seater, taking in every ROKiT F4 British Championship circuit available on the service (Croft and Thruxton being the exceptions).
Motorsport UK is the national motorsport membership and governing body for all four-wheel motorsport in the UK. They represent the interest of fans, competitors, volunteers and racing clubs, and its goal is to promote and popularise participation in UK motorsport. Motorsport UK was also a founding member of the FIA – the world governing body of motorsport and motorists.
Six double-header events are scheduled, with the season commencing at Donington Park’s National layout on the 14th of October. Teams of two drivers are permitted, and early indications show that several well-known esports outfits have indicated their interest in participating.
The winner of the championship will receive a share of the £6,000 cash prize pool, with further prizes on offer from yet-to-be-announced series partners.
The victor will also be entitled to attend Motorsport UK’s annual Night of Champions awards ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club, rubbing shoulders with the likes of 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Sir Jackie Stewart.
“Esports and real-life motor racing draw parallels, with transferable skillsets. Esports and simulation is embraced by teams and drivers and those that cut their cloth in Esports acquire attributes that can be applied out on track”, explained Hugh Chambers, CEO of Motorsport UK.
“Motorsport UK has an exciting vision and strategy set out for the future of Esports and this is a positive step on that journey. We’re looking forward to expanding our presence, engaging with the community and bringing them exciting opportunities like the ROKiT British F4 Esports Championship”, he continued.
For more information on the ROKiT British F4 Esports Championship, prospective esports teams should contact Motorsport UK’s Paul Crawford.
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2022 ROKiT British F4 Esports Championship calendar
- Rounds 1 & 2 14 October Donington Park (National)
- Rounds 3 & 4 21 October Oulton Park (Island)
- Rounds 5 & 6 4 November Knockhill
- Rounds 7 & 8 11 November Snetterton (300)
- Rounds 9 & 10 25 November Silverstone (National)
- Rounds 11 & 12 2 December Brands Hatch (GP)