The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will renew its popular iRacing Trophy for a second season in early 2021.
After a well-received first foray into the world of online sim racing during the first COVID-19 lockdown, Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series will once again take the on-track battles into the digital world with broadcast partners Yearone TV.
The virtual season, which will comprise eight races across four events during January and early February next year, will once again feature some of Ford’s rising stars past and present duking it out for the crown.
Every event will comprise practice, qualifying and two races – the second of which will feature a fully reversed grid – with fans set to watch the entire campaign live and free-to-air on the British F4 YouTube channel and social media platforms.
As in season one, the broadcast team will be fronted by leading UK commentator Andy McEwan, with a whole host of guests set to put on a superb show for fans at home as the winter nights roll in.
And, for the first time, the series will also open its doors to the ever-expanding sim racing community, with the addition of a brand-new class for sim drivers with an iRating above 2,000.
In order to qualify for entry to the iRacing Trophy, real-world drivers will need to have a minimum of six race starts (equivalent to two complete race meetings) in the F4 British Championship on their CV from 2015 onwards.
Drivers in the PRO class for those real-world competitors will be put into teams at a later date, whilst PRO-SIM entries must apply for entry as a team of three in the first instance.
All drivers in the team will need to meet the minimum entry criteria.
The two classes will share the same grids, but score points separately towards their own respective championships, with a shared Teams Championship across the two divisions.
The prize structure has been accordingly expanded to reflect the new format, with the Drivers Champion in both classes set to have the entry fee waived for any round of the real-world 2021 season on the British Touring Car Championship support package of their choosing.
A capacity grid is expected for the season opener, with application details for drivers wishing to enter in either of the two classes to follow in due course.
“We’re delighted to bring back the iRacing Trophy for a second season,” commented F4 British Championship Promoter, Sam Roach.
“Lockdown was a challenging time for us all, but it presented us with a fantastic opportunity to finally explore our options to expand into eSports.
“Needless to say, it was very successful – but we don’t want to just do the same thing again!
“We had lots of enquiries from the sim racing community last time around, and I’m pleased to say we’ll now be able to accommodate a number of them on the grid for season two.
“We’ve also matched the prize structure for the real-world drivers in the brand-new class for sim drivers, so there should be plenty of incentive for everyone to get stuck in when the season begins in January!”
Mon 11th January – Donington Park (National)
Mon 18th January – Snetterton (300)
Mon 25th January – Silverstone (GP)
Mon 1st February – Brands Hatch (GP)