The DTM, together with its long-standing tyre partner Hankook, is switching from asphalt to the screen for a short time in the form of the Esports Classic Challenge.
With its start this new race series on the RaceRoom hosting platform sees DTM drivers enter a direct virtual contest with passionate sim racers. At 2pm CET on the next four Sundays in May, all drivers will step on the gas in live streams. The virtual races will be broadcast on the DTM and RaceRoom channels. Tyre maker Hankook, now in the tenth year of its exclusive partnership with DTM, will be represented with comprehensive branding presence at the racetracks and on the vehicles.
The newly created race series brings together 15 current and former drivers of the DTM and the DTM Trophy as well as well-known influencers from the virtual racing scene with a further five participants each from the RaceRoom community. These challengers will be selected from the top 100 fastest racers, who proved themselves in a qualification round for the first race which started on 27th April. As is customary in international motorsport, the races will be commentated in English.
The Sunday races take place using cars from different DTM eras, from the 1992 season’s classic cars to the more contemporary models of the 2016 season. The one-hour races are divided into two qualifying sessions and races each, which, just like in real professional sport, are enriched by expert interviews and post-race analysis. In the simulation on RaceRoom, every bend, every inch of asphalt and the different lighting conditions have been recreated with great attention to detail by the best track designers in the industry. And of course, legendary tracks such as the Nürburgring, Monza, Zolder, Spa Francorchamps or Brands Hatch also feature.