The EuroNASCAR Esports Series became in 2020 the first Esports championship to be really connected to the real life series by awarding points to the real life Teams Championship. After the tremendous success of the first season, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is set for another thrilling championship during the winter break 2021. The first round of the virtual series on iRacing is scheduled on February 9 at the road course of the "World Center of Racing" – the Daytona International Speedway, while the champion will be crowned on April 6th. The series will of course retain its unique feature of awarding real-life points for the NWES Teams Championship.
With a bi-weekly cadence EuroNASCAR drivers, team members and special guests will fight for points in actionpacked virtual events in one of the most realistic racing simulations in the world. After the season opener, the ENES will visit the virtual version of the Brands Hatch Indy course – home of the real-life American SpeedFest – on February 23.
Round 3 will take place on the other side of the Atlantic as the competitors will take on Watkins Glen, one of NASCAR’s most iconic road courses. The event is scheduled for March 9, 2021. While Round 4 is set to take place on March 23, the track will be announced at a later date. For the ENES Final on April 6, the teams will take on Circuit Zolder in Belgium, the traditional home of the real-life EuroNASCAR Finals.
A thrilling format will provide exciting virtual races. After Free Practice and Qualifying for a maximum of 60 entrants, the drivers will be split in three Heat races lasting 10 minutes each. The top-10 of each Heat will qualify for the Main Event, while the others will have one opportunity thanks to the 10-minute Last Chance Qualifier. The top-6 of the Last Chance Qualifier, will also get a spot in the Main Event.
The Main Event is a race with 36 drivers on the grid and a length of 30 minutes. The winner of the Main Race will get 40 points, while second place will get 35 points, third place 34 points and so on. The champion will earn 40 points for the real-life NWES Teams Championship. The inaugural season in 2020 was won by Andre Castro from the United States, who brought 40 points ot the #22 DF1 Racing Chevrolet in the real world.
2021 EURONASCAR ESPORTS SERIES CALENDAR
|Round 1||Daytona Road Course||Feb 9||20:30 CET|
|Round 2||Brands Hatch Indy||Feb 23||20:30 CET|
|Round 3||Watkins Glen||Mar 9||20:30 CET|
|Round 4||Tba||Mar 23||20:30 CET|
|Final (2x poits)||Circuit Zolder||Apr 6||20:30 CET|