Codemasters, in partnership with Motorsport Network, today announced that the inaugural DiRT World Championships will begin next week, giving you the opportunity to win a test drive in a stunning RX2 rallycross car* in front of a huge crowd at Silverstone. The DiRT World Championships will climax with a showpiece final at Speedmachine, the British round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, in May, and will be streamed live on Motorsport.tv.
Using the Community Events system in DiRT 4, players will compete online in a mixture of rally and rallycross races to earn a place in the live streamed quarter-finals and semi-final to gain a place at Speedmachine. Details of the rounds, rules and how to take part can be found here:
Operated in conjunction with Gfinity, a global leader in esports events and competitions, there are six weekly qualifying rounds in total with the first beginning on Monday, 12th February. Round One challenges you to set the best time in a two-stage rally in Australia using a Group A car. The top two times on each platform (PlayStation 4, Xbox and PC) will qualify for the quarter finals. Motorsport Network is committed to utilizing its global reach of motorsport fans to live-stream and promote the event, amplified by 200+ of the world’s most influential journalists with coverage across 21 editions in 17 languages.
“We are delighted to announce the DiRT World Championships,” said Codemasters’ eSports Manager, Andy Gray. “DiRT has a vibrant, dedicated and highly engaged community so we believe that this is the perfect time to introduce an eSport element. Having the final at Speedmachine, in front of a live audience of motorsport fans, adds an incredible incentive. The fact that the winner will then be handed a chance to drive an RX2 car in front of a huge crowd on race day takes it to the next level.”
Speaking about the partnerships involved in the DiRT World Championships, Andy continued: “We have enjoyed great success working with Gfinity on the F1 Esports Series so we look forward to continuing that relationship. We continue to work closely with our long-term partner, FIA World Rallycross Championship, and have also initiated an exciting new media partnership with Motorsport Network who will leverage its incredible reach to bring the tournament to a wider audience across Motorsport.com, Autosport.com, and Motorsport.tv.”
Motorsport Network, headquartered in Miami, Florida, is a multinational digital media company and the largest global motorsports media platform in the world, serving as the parent company of several digital companies including Motorsport.com, Autosport.com, Motorsport.tv and more. The network’s various sites provide more than 214 million page views each month to readers around the world – many of those readers not only follow the sport, but also regularly compete themselves and are active in the esport community.
“We at Motorsport Network are thrilled to come on-board as a partner of the DiRT World Championships” says Colin Smith, CEO Motorsport Network, “Partnering with Codemasters, leaders in the gaming industry, is a valuable opportunity that will no doubt spark enthusiasm and engagement from our audience.”
The DiRT World Championships qualifying rounds run from 12th February until 26th March before the quarter-finals are streamed on 8th April and the semi-finals on 22nd April. The showpiece final will take place live at Speedmachine and streamed online on Saturday 26th May. Players will require a RaceNet account (racenet.codemasters.com) to take part.
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