Star names sign up for inaugural World Rallycross Esports event

Esports | April 18th, 2020

World Champions from real-world and virtual rallycross will go head-to-head this weekend as the World Rallycross Championship launches its first Esports event on Sunday, in partnership with Codemasters and Motorsport Games.

Reigning World RX Champion Timmy Hansen, two-time series winner Johan Kristoffersson and Dirt Rally 2.0 World Series Champion Killian Dall’olmo head the bill for World RX’s first Esports Invitational. The concept has been created to replace real-life rounds of the World RX series that have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and kicks off this weekend at the Catalunya RX circuit in Spain, where the real-world 2020 series was due to begin.

Having both claimed real-world victories at the circuit before, Hansen and Kristoffersson can’t claim to be unfamiliar with the circuit, but until now neither have dedicated time to sim racing. The same can’t be said for World RX front-runner Andreas Bakkerud, who has been a recent adopter to the discipline, or former works-Hyundai World Rally Championship driver Kevin Abbring, who runs a business coaching real-world drivers using simulators.