• Seven-round series coming to Project CARS’ Xbox One platform
• Motors TV coverage confirmed for this autumn
The Online Racing Association will add a new flagship series to its virtual motorsport roster later this year following the creation of the TORA Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
For the first time ever gamers from around the world can compete for the official title of TORA British GT Champion. The seven-round calendar closely resembles that of its real world counterpart, while the sheer variety and accuracy of Project CARS’ GT3 and GT4 modelling also does justice to the assortment of machinery fans would expect to see in the flesh.
TORA has grown into a world-leading console-based sim racing community since its establishment in 2007. Indeed, such is its standing within a rapidly expanding arena that the FIA’s UK National Sporting Authority, the MSA, now officially recognises TORA as a virtual motorsport group.
“Sim racing and real world motorsport have tended to exist separately up until very recently, but we’re hoping to help change that,” said British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici.
“We’ve been approached about this sort of opportunity before but never felt like the technology could do the championship justice. TORA’s active community, stature and organisation allied to the accuracy of Project CARS changes all that and I can’t wait to see how the partnership develops. Hopefully fans and gamers alike will gain an insight into each other’s respective championships, which can only be a good thing for British GT as a whole.”
TORA President, Matt Hunter, revealed that an officially sanctioned virtual British GT Championship had brought the original concept full circle.
“The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is the premier sportscar series in the country and I’m very proud to be associated with it,” he said. “The opportunity to finally represent it accurately through the TORA championship structure is outstanding and a true validation of what we do.
“TORA GT has been a mainstay championship at The Online Racing Association since day one and the move from production-based GT road cars to thoroughbred GT3 and GT4 machinery is a very exciting one. TORA’s staff are relishing the challenge ahead!”
Just like British GT’s existing live and highlights programmes, TORA’s parallel sim series will be screened on Motors TV across Europe this autumn. Coverage can also be found on TORA’s Twitch TV and YouTube channels throughout the year.