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BRDC British F3 latest to launch Esports series

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

BRDC British Formula 3 has launched a five-round Esports series on iRacing, using an as yet unknown car.

The championship, launched in association with Apex Racing, will use circuit from the real-world championship calendar.

It will start on Oulton Park’s International layout on May 17, with subsequent weekends hosting rounds at Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park (on the Grand Prix layouts for the latter three).

Races will take place on Sundays be broadcast on the series? YouTube and Facebook channels. The format will feature a qualifying session followed by two races, with the second race using a fully reversed grid, and the real world points system will be applied.

Current and past British F3 drivers will be given entry priority, with drivers set to be announced in the coming weeks.

British F3 spokesman Giles Butterfield said: ?With no on-track race action possible at the moment, this championship provides a great outlet for teams, drivers and fans to get involved in racing until we?re able to start the 2020 season proper.

?iRacing is one of the most authentic online simulators and really tests drivers to the maximum, so we can expect to see some superb battles in the coming weeks between the existing British F3 talent and guest drivers.

?This new venture has been made possible with the help of our long-time supporter John Cavill, who is closely involved with the current British F3 championship. The winner?s trophy will be named after his late father Jack, a great motorsport ambassador, aligning it with The Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, which has been in existence since 2013 and is awarded at every round. John provides a prize fund and trophies throughout the season for drivers who take pole position in the weekend?s races.?