One of sim racing’s premiere championships was decided last weekend as the 45 fastest qualifiers in the Ginetta X Project CARS eSports Cup lined up on the grid for the final races to determine both the champions, and who would race away with a share of the £4,500 purse.
The racing was across three gaming platforms— PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC—and featured six action-packed races on two of the most iconic tracks in Europe in the mighty Ginetta G55 GT3. The format was simple: two 15 lap races at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch on each platform, with the drivers who scored the most points from both combined events crowned Ginetta Cup Champion, and presented with a £1,500 check.
In the PlayStation 4 Cup, Race 1 at Oulton Park Island got off to a frantic start, with contact between a number of drivers in the first couple of corners causing havoc with the field. It was the familiar faces of Team Shark Racing’s Atho, along with Project CARS newcomer, Majkl_1-, who made the most of the chaos, the two going on to have a ding-dong, race-long battle. Rarely separated by more than a second, Majkl would eventually hold onto his nerve and come through to take a spirited victory after passing Atho into Old Hall corner in the final few laps.
For Race 2, at Brands Hatch GP, the narrow and technical turns of Oulton Park were replaced by the fast, sweeping bends of the famous circuit in Kent. The change in venue did little to change the form-driver, though, as Majkl again seized an early lead, but this time controlled the race to the checkers with a fine, quality drive. With Majkl up at the front, Atho needed to find a way to catch and pass him to take overall victory, but he found himself bottled up in fourth place behind team Unity’s SmOKky for much of the race. This meant that Majkl, an experienced sim-racer but a newcomer to Project CARS, took a remarkable overall victory, and the £1,500 prize along with it.
Check out the YouTube video above to catch-up on all of the PS4 action—Race 1 was a cracker!
In the Xbox One Finals, some very well-known faces from the Project CARS eSports scene used their experience to dominate the event. In Race 1 at Oulton Park, it was all about SDL M power, who led from the front and managed his pace and his nerves to take a comfortable victory ahead of his SDL teammate, Rossi46. TX3 Room rounded out the podium in a chaotic opening race where several drivers made costly mistakes.
In Race 2 at Brands Hatch, it was BAM eSports driver, Anto, who picked up the pace to take control of the action and dominate. He took a confident victory ahead of the two SDL drivers, M power, and Rossi46, who took no risks on their way to a double-podium. That was enough for M power to secure an overall points victory along with the Cup and cash prize with a calm and measured performance.
If you missed the Xbox Finals live, watch the YouTube video above to catch-up on both races.
The PC Finals boasted a field bloated by many of the most experienced and well-known Project CARS eSports drivers. From several members of the legendary BAM and SDL teams, to team TX3, and Revolution Sim Racing’s Cluck, this was all set to be a clash of the titans, and so it proved.
Race 1 at Oulton Park saw Khaki and Mangator roll up to their front row slots, and that set the pattern for the race with the two stalwarts of Project CARS eSports trading fast lap times throughout. Khaki, though, had the edge, and stormed home for a solid win.
Khaki seemed all set to take the Cup when he stuck his Ginetta GT3 on pole for Race 2, but he didn’t have it all his own way this time, as flamedphoenix and Mangator both passed him in the early stages.
Flamedphoenix clearly seemed to enjoy the fast, sweeping corners at Brands Hatch. Once he had the lead, he pulled away in the opening laps before managing his pace to secure the Race 2 win. Managtor held onto second place, but he needed Khaki to drop back below third if he was going to take overall victory. Khaki made a rare mistake in the middle part of the race, but hung on to a nervy third place to take the points victory and the £1500 prize.
Watch the battles for yourself in the video above.
You can see all the results and information on our dedicated eSports page here. Thanks to Ginetta, and to all who competed through the qualifying and final rounds of what was a tremendous competition