The wait is over for the biggest names in Project CARS Esports. The 2017 major tournament is finally underway, with the first round of the SMS-R Championship Series by ESL. There's a €15,000 prize pool on the line, plus places at the Gamescom 2017 World Finals for the top teams in Pro Class.
It promises to be a fantastic summer of sim-racing as 7 of the world's biggest and best esports racing teams are ready to battle in the Pro Class of this multi-class contest. 14 Pro drivers will race in LMP2 machinery with high downforce and plenty of power. They will compete not for personal glory, but for a team championship, and a share of the prize fund for their team. 2016 Logitech Series champions, SDL are joined by BAM, eSports+Cars, Team Redline, TX3, VP Gaming, and Euronics.
In every race, the Pro Class will the share the circuit with the Challenger Class. Challenger Class pilots will drive the ever popular GT3 cars, and they will compete for an individual drivers title. However, only the top 3 Challengers from each race will receive automatic qualification into the next round. The GT3 drivers will need to prove themselves each and every week by showing their skills in the ESL Project CARS Go4 Cups every Sunday, on PC. Anyone can enter the Go4 Cups and race for a place in Challenger Class, so visit the ESL website to find out more, and sign-up to take part.
Race 1 of the 2017 SMS-R Championship took place at the iconic Monza circuit. Read on to find out what went down, and catch-up with the on-demand video of the race.