May 30, 2020 by
After last weekend’s exciting, packed, and controversial weekend of esports, there’s still more action to come. Aside from NASCAR, the world of physical motorsport hasn’t restarted after a prolonged layoff, but the digital world continues to spin.
As it wouldn’t have been an F1 weekend in the normal timeline, the virtual F1 action is hitting a pause button. That brings plenty of focus onto the other regular series, with the SRO event for those who like their car to have a roof and Formula E if motors are more your thing.
There’s plenty to watch, and you can catch it all right here on this page. Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to this weekend:
ABB Formula E Race At Home Challenge
It’s the last regular race for Formula E’s Race At Home event this weekend, ahead of the grand final on June 7. The series will be hoping to put last week’s shenanigans behind it, with Daniel Abt booted from the series — and his real-world race seat — after letting a sim racer drive for him, apparently as an ill-judged prank for his YouTube following.
Again it’s a new track this week, with the New York City ePrix circuit hosting the race. It’s a tight, 14-turn circuit sited in Brooklyn, around the Brooklyn Cruise terminal. Pascal Wehrlein still has the championship lead ahead of new second-place man Stoffel Vandoorne — who can feel aggrieved it’s not closer after several pole positions and a scrap with Not-Abt at Berlin.
Along with the sim racer event, the action all gets underway at 1425 UTC on May 30.
The Race Legends Trophy & All-Star Esports Battle
Last weekend saw Fernando Alonso — in only his second ever esports event — achieve what he couldn’t in real life, and win at Indy. Not only that, he did it back-to-back, despite the reverse grid race. The Legends head into their final championship this weekend, and it’s Jenson Button leading the way thanks to two top-five finishes at Indy.
The other two series also conclude this weekend, with Bono Huis leading in the Sim Masters and Esteban Gutierrez in the Pro Cup — though his Mercedes team is second fiddle to Aston Martin. You’ll be able to watch all three events, from Silverstone, from 1600 UTC on Saturday.
World RX Esports Invitational
If you like your action a little dirtier, the FIA World Rallycross is back after a little break. The event, using DIRT Rally 2.0, will see a host of big names from the world of rallycross — and beyond — hitting the mixed-surface racing at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.
As usual, that includes WorldRx champion Timmy Hansen and brother Kevin, in the Peugeot 208. They’ll be joined by Supercars racer Shane van Gisbergen and GT driver Tom Blomqvist — son of Sweden’s WRC champion Stig — in the same car. DTM champion and WorldRx driver Timo Scheider will run a SEAT Ibiza, alongside WTCC racer Esteban Guerrieri. The field also includes regular esports drivers and invited personalities.
There’ll be 22 races packed into the 2.5-hour broadcast, which gets underway at 1230 UTC on Sunday.
SRO E-Sports GT Series
The SRO event will run a triple-header this weekend, with all three categories racing — albeit at two different tracks and on different days. It’s the Am Series which will get underway first, for its third round from the Nurburgring on Saturday. Samir Ibraimi is leading this event for Porsche, despite not winning either of the opening rounds.
Sunday sees the Pro and Silver series race at Barcelona for their fourth rounds. Ben Barnicoat leads the standings for McLaren after winning the Nurburgring race by a mere car length from Louis Deletraz, who sits second overall. Ferrari is leading the Silver Series courtesy of F1 Esports World Champion David Tonizza. The Pro series will see a few interesting wildcard entries this week, including McLaren’s team boss Zak Brown taking over Jenson Button’s McLaren 720S.
Saturday’s race starts at 1900 UTC, with the Sunday event — which you can watch below — at 11.45 UTC the following morning.