27 March 2020
Online racers will have the chance to test their skills against professional FIA World Rallycross Championship race drivers with the creation of the first-ever RX Esports series.
IMG, the promoters of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, has partnered with Motorsport Games, the racing game developer and Esports specialist, and Codemasters to launch the RX Esports Invitational.
The one-off Esports series will be held on the dates of selected rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.
The first event to be held will be the Barcelona RX Esports Invitational, on Sunday, using DiRT Rally 2.0 on PC via Steam.
A number of the official World RX drivers will be competing and fans from around the world will have the opportunity to earn a place on the grid against them when the Qualifying event goes live on March 28, 2020.
The World RX line-up, along with a few guest entries from other motorsport categories, will be revealed shortly.
The top non-professional drivers who complete the six-lap race around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in the fastest time will be invited to take part in the live-streamed showcase.
Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG, the promoter of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: “We hope that by offering fans around the world the chance to engage with World RX via an alternative Esports series, we are providing a small level of enjoyment in these difficult times.”
In order to enter, PC Steam players should go to the ‘My Teams’ section of DiRT Rally 2.0 on Saturday, March 28 March from 10am (GMT) and select the specially-marked promotional RX Esports tile from the Events screen.