Race Preview: GT World Challenge Europe Esports 24 Hours of Spa

The virtual edition of the 24 Hours of Spa is set to take place this weekend on the 7th and 8th of August. The GT World Challenge Europe Esports competitors will take on the 24 hour endurance event utilizing the Assetto Corsa Competizione simulation.

A week removed from the real twice-around-the-clock event in Belgium, the virtual drivers are taking on Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the same distance officially for the first time. 33 teams made up of three or four drivers will all aim to be the front runner after a full day and night of racing.

This is the third of five races on the Endurance Series calendar. The total 2021 season consists of 15 events, 10 of them merely sprint races. The entire series is organized by SRO Motorsports Group in conjunction with Kunos Simulazioni, Fanatec and Pirelli, among others.

This event has attracted many big names in sim racing to take part in. With 33 teams of either three or four drivers, more than 100 talented drivers will partake in the historic sim event.

Ferrari F1 Esports driver David Tonizza will be in the field for the No. 51 FDA Esports Team driving a Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo. Tonizza leads the GT World Challenge Europe Esports Sprint Series standings currently, collecting three wins in five total events so far this season.

Nikodem Wisniewski will be a part of the No. 1 Williams Esports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 team. Wisniewski competes in the ADAC GT Masters Esports Series on RaceRoom Racing Experience and started the latest season off with a feature victory at Oschersleben, currently ninth in the overall standings after four rounds.

The sim to reality racer and 2021 British GT Esports champion James Baldwin will pilot a Rocket RJN McLaren 720S GT3, the No. 23, together with Jack McIntyre and Luka Berk.

Joshua K. Rogers, the Porsche Tag Heuer Esports Supercup champion on iRacing, will also join one of two VRS Coanda Simsport teams in the field. The No. 18 Porsche 911 II GT3 R will be headlined by Rogers while the No. 88 is led by Martin Krönke.

Of course, we’ll have our eye on Traxion contributor Ross McGregor who will be part of the No. 38 JOTA McLaren 720S GT3 team. JOTA just picked up their best result at Spa by finishing seventh overall in the real event.

The race stream starts at 9:00 a.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. BST / 3:00 p.m. CEST on Saturday, 7th August. The event will go green around 10 minutes into the start of the stream and will end 24 hours after that on Sunday, 8th August. Check out the stacked roster of drivers below the embedded stream.

1Gamil – Keithley – Stefanko – WisniewskiAston Martin Vantage AMR GT3Williams Esports
4Müller – Hitz – Giusa – BauerMercedes-AMG GT3Haupt Racing Team Schindler
10Blajer – Tyszkiewicz – Charkot – BobrowiczLamborghini Huracan GT3 EvoDV1 TRITON Racing
12Benzes – Aybey – GonuldasBMW M6 GT3Borusan Otomotiv Motorsport E-Team
14Gronewald – Otocki – Kisser – RichterMercedes-AMG GT3Unicorns of Love
18Rogers – Gkergkis – Ostgaard – BakkumPorsche 911 II GT3 RVRS Coanda Simsport
22Hoeke – Ibraimi – MichelPorsche 911 II GT3 RGPX Racing by Rennwelten
23Berk – McIntyre – BaldwinMcLaren 720S GT3Rocket RJN
27Pawlowski – Santoro – D’AlcamoFerrari 488 GT3 EvoJean Alesi Esports Academy
33Ciriello – Murè – Propst – RappaMercedes-AMG GT3AKKA-ASP by GTWR
34Harteveld – Schoniger – Benedetti – RabittiPorsche 911 II GT3 RPredator Simracing by R8G
38McGregor – Stapleford – Braune – FosterMcLaren 720S GT3JOTA
41Ogorodnikov – Grabovskii – Shevyrtalov – ShermetinskiiAston Martin Vantage AMR GT3Simware.pro
51Tonizza – De Salvo – LauritoFerrari 488 GT3 EvoFDA Esports Team
58Miatto – Vialette – Lebigre – PerrellaAston Martin Vantage AMR GT3GTWR Academy
62Naujoks – Kammerer – SchillBMW M6 GT3BMW Motorsport SIM Racing G2 Esports
66Piffet – Crossland – Arnold – AlvarezLexus RC F GT3Team Fordzilla
80Wohlmuth – Brioni – GiglioliLamborghini Huracan GT3 EvoMCW Racing Team
88Kroenke – Bouteloup – Collins – GuvenPorsche 911 II GT3 RVRS Coanda Simsport
89Fender – Dencs – Barneveld – KochBMW M6 GT3BMW TEAM BS+COMPETITION
93Staffin – Lu – PattersonHonda NSX GT3 EvoHPD JAS Pro Europe
94Hillebrand – Creanor – WeissHonda NSX GT3 EvoHPD JAS Pro Europe
96Simard – Kundakcioglu – R.Meenan – FrankeAston Martin Vantage AMR GT3FFS Racing
97Kruezer – Van Der Velde – Cairns – MalinowskiFerrari 488 GT3 EvoSideMax Motorworks
114Duran – Weber – GasserLexus RC F GT3Emil Frey ZH-Nord Racing
121García – Albaladejo – Marín – MartinezAudi R8 LMS GT3 EvoOdox Motorsport
129Giarratana – Pertile – Siddi – ZampedriLamborghini Huracan GT3 EvoRatòn Racing by QLASH
130Montalbano – Bedin – Castorino – FamulariLamborghini Huracan GT3 EvoRatòn Racing by QLASH
149Honzik – Murphy – StatsenkoMcLaren 720S GT3YAS HEAT
157Pfeffer – Simonini – Marcucci – AdamAudi R8 LMS GT3 EvoSainteloc by R8G
191Siclari – Schinz – Ratz – BatifoulierBentley Continental GT3Racing Line Motorsport
192Blotto – Gyetvan – Chiesa – PrydeFerrari 488 GT3 EvoKessel Racing by Racing Line
286Bridport – Helviö – Demuynck – MaloneyHonda NSX GT3 EvoTeam BUSR
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