German car manufacturer Porsche has partnered up with racing simulator, iRacing, to launch the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series.
The competition will run online over 10 racing weekends which will span several months during 2019.
The series will feature 40 participants from across the world racing in the virtual 911 GT3 Cup to win a share of the $100,000 prize pool.
Dr. Kjell Gruner, Vice President Marketing at Porsche, said:
“Porsche is more and more involved with esports and racing simulations. Putting together a world championship like this one is important evidence of our increasing commitment to the sport.
The championship is not the first partnership between the two companies, which have been working together since 2017 focusing on the realistic implementation of Porsche vehicles and online racing.
But the competition will be the biggest so far, following the recent Porsche SimRacing Trophy at the Nürburgring in September 2018, and the Porsche SimRacing Summit on December 15 and 16 in Leipzig, where 32 players competed for a share of €30,000.
Steve Myers, Executive vice-president and executive producer at iRacing, said:
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Porsche as a partner for the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series. This is a milestone year for our world championships – it is the 10th year we have hosted and sanctioned world championships and to be able to offer a $100,000 prize pool shows how far we have come. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the fantastic partnership we have with Porsche.
Qualification for the competition will begin in January, with more details to be released in the coming weeks.