Real-world driver academy spot up for grabs in Australian esports competition

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The Motorsport Australia competition will utilise the iRacing platform and is open for aspiring drivers in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania region
Real-world driver academy shot up for grabs in Australian esports competition

The best driver in the virtual sim racing competition will be shipped out to Malaysia to take part in a driver academy session against other upstarts, with the chance of being selected as part of the stewardship programme.

The Asia-Pacific Junior Esports Challenge runs from 18th-20th August 2023 for those aged 14-17 and with a $25 (USD) entry fee. That charge is scrubbed if you already have a Motorsport Australia Esports licence.

Run as a collaboration between Motorsport Australia and Formula Racing Group Esports, up to 50 driver slots are available. As opposed to a championship structure like Motorsport UK’s upcoming series, this will be a single event stretched across three days.

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Friday is reserved for practice sessions, while Saturday will hold a ‘lone qualifying’ session. The drivers will then be split into two semi-final races on Sunday. Later that same day, the top 30 cars enter the final race to determine the winner.

The vehicle in use will be iRacing’s FIA F4, following a renaming of the iR-04 due to a new partnership. The Ferrari Driver Academy programme on offer is said to be worth $15,000 AUD and more details can be found on Motorsport Australia’s Discord.

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