Jason Holden-Jones, Sim Race SAs eSport Co-ordinator, has confirmed the plans for the new 2018.1 sim racing season. From the recently published season overview (found here), the new season’s format sports a number of tweaks to further improve the racing.
The element of progression racing will carry over from the 2017.2 season, whereby sim racers have to qualify for each SA simGT Series Division 1 round by achieving a certain race result in the qualifying race or session leading up to it. The number of qualifying rounds available to earn a grid spot for the following SA simGT Series Division 1 round has been increased from one to two.
One of the qualifying rounds will make up the SA simGP Series. Sim Race SA has gained special permission to use the Formula RSS 2 model made by Race Sim Studios, the car is based on the 2017 Formula 2 car specifications. With cars each producing 612hp at 10 000RPM, this championship is set to produce an exciting return to single seater racing at Sim Race SA. The other qualifying round is a sprint round format named the SA simGT SprintQ Series, the format includes two races per sound, with a reverse grid start for the top 8 from Race 1. Both race qualifying rounds require a top 7 finish for entry to the following main SA simGT Series Division 1 event.
Those who do not qualify for the next SA simGT Series Division 1 round through the SA simGT SprintQ or SA simGP rounds can try their hand at either securing a top 3 fastest lap time in the SA simGT LCQ round (Last Chance Qualifier) or a top 3 finish in the SA simGT Series Division 2 race.
The 2018.1 racing season includes:
- SA simGT Series (Flagship Pro Series, Division 1 and 2)
- SA simGP Series (Pro Single Seater Series, and host of qualification races for SA simGT Division 1)
- SA simGT SprintQ Series (Host of qualification races for SA simGT Division 1; Division 1 and 2)
- SA simGT LCQ Series (Last Chance Qualifier hot-lap qualifying session)
- SA simGT iRacing Series (Separate simGT Series using the iRacing Service)
Who will challenge 2017.2 SA simGT Series Drivers’ Champion Gabriel Rossouw? It could be you… All sim racers, novice and experienced, are welcome to sign-up for the new season by visiting the season sign-up page (found here).