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Sports Car Open announces Sprint Series with title partner Virtual Racing School and $25.000 prize pool


Munich. International simracing series organizer Sports Car Open, in cooperation with title partner Virtual Racing School, announces hosting the dual-series VRS SCO Sprint Challenge and VRS SCO Sprint Masters. Together with series partners Morphicon and Racespot, Sports Car Open is creating the new spearhead of virtual GT racing on the iRacing platform with a prize pool of $25,000.

1 team - 2 drivers- 6 Race weekends with 2 races per day

The Race weekends of the VRS SCO Sprint Challenge and Masters will take place on three Fridays and Saturdays in July and August 2021 each. The Sprint Challenge teams will commence the weekend with their GT4 cars on Friday evening, while the participants of the Sprint Masters will Race their GT3 cars on Saturday afternoon. In both series the teams will fieldtwo drivers per car and tackle two races per weekend, each lasting 60 minutes. A driver change must take place in the middle of the race, between minutes 25 and 35. Furthermore, each driver is obliged to qualify and start one Race of each weekend exactly once. The sophisticated vehicle-based pre-qualifying system and per-Race Balance of Performance ensure equal opportunity and support the competition at an international top level.

Calendar

Date Time (UTC) Event
Fr. 02.07.2021
Sa. 03.07.2021
17:30 - 20:45
13:30 - 16:45
Race 1 / 2 - Hockenheimring
Fr. 09.07.2021
Sa. 10.07.2021
17:30 - 20:45
13:30 - 16:45
Race 3 / 4 - Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya Historic
Fr. 16.07.2021
Sa. 17.07.2021
17:30 - 20:45
13:30 - 16:45
Race 5 / 6 - Circuit Zolder
Fr. 13.08.2021
Sa. 14.08.2021
17:30 - 20:45
13:30 - 16:45
Race 7 / 8 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Fr. 20.08.2021
Sa. 21.08.2021
17:30 - 20:45
13:30 - 16:45
Race 9 / 10 - Red Bull Ring
Fr. 27.08.2021
Sa. 28.08.2021
17:30 - 20:45
13:30 - 16:45
Race 11 / 12 - Nürburgring Grand-Prix Sprintstrecke


Ronald Großmann (Sports Car Open): I am incredibly grateful for the long-standing popularity of the Sports Car Open in the simracing community. I am particularly pleased that we are now able to expand our range of series with two sprint formats with the help of our series partners. The Sports Car Open Endurance and Sprint Series complement each other perfectly. That means we can now offer participation opportunities in professional simracing racing series throughout the year.Peter Dimov (Virtual Racing School): When the opportunity came to support the Sports Car Open, we did not hesitate. For us, this opens a unique opportunity to use synergies. As a manufacturer and supplier of simracing products, it is important for us to always build an organic relationship with our customers in target markets. From our point of view, supporting a professional racing series strengthens the entire simracing community and also ensures a common future in the long term.


Morris Hebecker (Morphicon Media AG): We are pleased to launch the new VRS SCO Sprint Series together with the Sports Car Open and Virtual Racing School. United, we set up an international GT series at the highest possible level. I am already looking forward to the start of the season.


Arjuna Kankipati (Racespot): After a partnership of many years with Sports Car Open, we are delighted to be part of the next chapter with the VRS SCO Sprint Series as well. A thrilling two-day format, a large prize pool and a GT3 class with some exciting new entries like the Porsche 911 GT3 R, all combined with the great organisation team at SCO. The summer is shaping up to be remarkably interesting and RaceSpot cannot wait to get going in early July.


About Sports Car Open: The Sports Car Open is the creator and host of the Sports Car Open Endurance Series, the highest-level endurance racing series on the iRacing simracing platform. Since 2017, the SCO has offered sports car racing at the highest level and runs several series and special events at racetracks around the world. The Sports Car Open Sprint Series now permanently complements the established Endurance Series. For more info see sportscaropen.com

About Virtual Racing School: VRS is a comprehensive online learning platform designed specifically for simracers. It offers a broad range of content (videos, articles, driving data, setups, etc.), software tools (statistics and driving analysis) and access to some of the world's best simracers in the form of 1:1- and group-coaching sessions. For more info see virtualracingschool.com

About Morphicon: Morphicon Media AG was founded in 2010 and has been a publisher, developer, and content provider for mobile, social and browser games as well as PC software since its inception. With its extensive distribution network, it reaches all relevant markets worldwide and maintains a manifold of international cooperations with experienced gaming marketers. For more info, see morphicon.com

About Racespot: RaceSpot TV was founded at the end of 2013 by Rafael Sanque, Hugo Luis, and Will Vincent. They provide live broadcasts and extensive audio and video production of simracing events. Providing a top-quality product for each Race is the top priority here. Since 2014, RaceSpot TV has been the leading broadcaster of simracing competitions on the iRacing platform and since the inception of the Sports Car Open (2017), Racespot has been the official series partner. For more info see racespot.tv

For more information and media from all Sports Car Open series, visit sportscaropen.com and our social media channels: @SportsCarOpen on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


 


Friday, June 4, 2021