In case you haven’t noticed, eRacing GP SEA has gone AWOL since their American Championship concluded in September. Well, now we know why. The people behind the series, Axle Sports, has apparently teamed up with eGG Network to come up with a new online racing tournament for the Asia Pacific region they call the E1 Championship. And this time, there’s a cash prize at stake.
The 8-round tournament will see the best drivers from the region face off on RaceRoom in a calendar that stretches from November 2020 until January 2021. Included in the schedule are renowned circuits such as the Dubai Autodrome, Spa-Francorchamps, and Mount Panorama.
Each event can accommodate up to 24 entries with an addition 6 slots reserved for invites and leaderboard frontrunners. This brings the total number to 30 cars all running on the same grid.
What makes the E1 Championship unique is its variable race format. The organizer can opt to run it with 2x 20 minute sprint races, a 1x 45 minute main, or a 1x 50 minute reverse grid race (positions based on championship standings), announced a day before the event. They can also decide whether to use DTM 2020 or Prototypes per round.
E1 Championship 2020/21 Race Calendar
Round 1 | November 18 (Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia)
Round 2 | November 25 (Shanghai International Circuit, China)
Round 3 | December 2 (Dubai Autodrome, UAE)
Round 4 | December 9 (Imola, Italy)
Round 5 | December 16 (Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium)
Round 6 | December 23 (Silverstone Circuit, UK)
Round 7 | January 6 (Road America, USA)
Round 8 | January 13 (Mount Panorama Circuit, Australia)
“As part of the passionate sim-racing community, I am truly excited to work with eGG Network to launch E1 Championship. With a US$15,000 prize pool and top-notch production quality, we aim to attract the most talented drivers and racing teams to compete, making every race a showcase of how thrilling motorsports can be,” said Alex Yoong, Founder of Axle Sports.
“We are thrilled to be working with Malaysian race driver, Alex Yoong to launch the E1 Championship, the first home-grown sim-racing IP. There’s growing interest in e-motorsports, with close to 500K Malaysian fans tuning in to watch the eRacing GP SEA on eGG Network. Our channel, which is available in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Australia has a potential reach of 18 million to esports fans. We look forward to racing talents in Asia Pacific region joining the E1 Championship so fans can support their local drivers,” said CK Lee, Head of Sports, Astro Malaysia.
As for the all-important cash prize, the E1 Championship will award US$5,000 to the overall champion at the end of the 8-round season. Whoever finishes 2nd overall in the standings will get US$4,000, 3rd overall receives US$3,000, 4th picks up US$2,000, and 5th takes home US$1,000.
However, do note that there is an entry fee in order to secure a slot for the season. Teams and drivers can now register and view tournament details at www.e1championship.com.