The task was laid and the objective was clear: Bound to tracks approved or officially licensed by Studio 397 create the toughest endurance racing series ever seen in sim racing. There was a lot of debating forth and back as race management tried to squeeze the race weekends in so that they didn’t collide with other major sim racing series and real-life racing series. It was also quickly agreed that even though the 12-hour races of 2020 have been a lot of fun and quite compacted, with the new season we wanted to fully commit to the company name. This means all races will be 24-hour races.
Apart from fitting in the race weekends, there was also the problem of the tracks needing to be approved or fully licensed with Studio 397. There are of course already three fully licensed iconic endurance racing tracks in rFactor 2: Sebring Intl. Raceway, Nürburgring, and the Circuit de la Sarthe. But if the season was to be consistent with roughly one race every two months, we needed two or three more races.
The first choice would be Silverstone, as it just received major graphics updates. And we are racing Matsusaka this year as well and we know the track is varied and creates exciting multi-class racing. The last track of the season had to be a new track for us. Many of us raced the Indianapolis Road Course in other series before and have fond memories of the track. And with its high-speed straights, it is the closest thing we can get to emulating a certain other series season-opening race.
All-in-all this means six 24-hour races for a total of 144 hours of racing in 2021 Endurance eRacing World Championship. All of it will be run with live stewarding, live race control, and live-streamed with live sim racing expert commentary on all major social media platforms as well as broadcast worldwide through our TV- and broadcasting partners (more will be announced on this in the coming week). Summing up all qualifying and racing sessions the 2021 calender will give you 172 hours of competitive racing.
For the entire season, we will continue our collaboration with Rhodium and its Fair Play anti-cheat sim racing software solution. Of course, this does not guarantee that cheating in GTR24H races will not be possible. But we can guarantee that we will do everything we possibly can to detect and eliminate any cheating attempts. Our goal here is to set up the toughest possible anti-cheating solution in order to provide the fairest sim racing series in the world.
And as a compensation for us having to move the 2020 finale race online, you will get the entire 2021 series for free if you already have a paid 2020 entry. As well as buying a 2021 entry will give you the last two races of the 2020 championship for free.
2021 Endurance eRacing World Championship Calendar
January 7th to 10th
Official Practice: January 7th, 20:00 – 22:00 CET
Qualifying 1: January 8th, 19:00-21.00 CET (day)
Qualifying 2: January 8th, 21:30-23:30 CET (night)
Race: January 9th 14:00 CET – January 10th 14:00 CET
EEWC Indianapolis 24H
March 4th to 7th
Official Practice: March 4th, 20:00 – 22:00 CET
Qualifying 1: March 5th, 19:00-21.00 CET (day)
Qualifying 2: March 5th, 21:30-22:30 CET (night)
Race: March 6th 14:00 CET – March 7th 14:00 CET
EEWC Sebring 24H
April 29th to May 2nd
Official Practice: April 29th, 20:00 – 22:00 CEST
Qualifying 1: April 30th, 19:00-21.00 CEST (day)
Qualifying 2: April 30th, 21:30-22:30 CEST (night)
Race: May 1st 14:00 CEST – May 2nd 14:00 CEST
EEWC Silverstone 24H
Official Practice: June 24th, 20:00 – 22:00 CEST
Qualifying 1: June 25th, 19:00-21.00 CEST (day)
Qualifying 2: June 25th, 21:30-22:30 CEST (night)
Race: June 26th 14:00 CEST – June 27th 14:00 CEST
EEWC Nürburgring 24H
August 26th to 29th
Official Practice: August 26th, 20:00 – 22:00 CEST
Qualifying 1: August 27th, 19:00-21.00 CEST (day)
Qualifying 2: August 27th, 21:30-23:30 CEST (night)
Race: August 28th 14:00 CEST – August 29th 14:00 CEST
EEWC Matsusaka 24H
October 27th to 31st
Open Practice 1: October 27th, 20:00 – 00:00 CEST
Open Practice 2: October 27th, 10:00 – 19:00 CEST
Official Practice 1: October 28th, 20:00 – 00:00 CEST (night)
Official Practice 2: October 29th, 10:00-15.00 CEST (day)
Qualifying 1: October 29th, 16:00-20.00 CEST (day)
Qualifying 2: October 29th, 21:00-01:00 CEST (night)
Warmup: October 29th, 10:00 – 14:00 CEST
Race: October 29th 15:00 CEST – October 31st 14:00 CET
EEWC Le Mans 24H
* All dates are final, individual times for sessions such as practice and qualifying can be subject to change.