Friday | 08 Jan 2021

eSports WRC 2021 Season Preview

The virtual world of the WRC gets underway in exactly one week (15-18 January) when the 2021 eSports WRC season, presented by Toyota Gazoo Racing roars into action.

In previous seasons when possible, the virtual rallies have taken place on the same weekends as their real counterparts. However in 2021, the eSports events will take place a week earlier, acting as a curtain-raiser to the real event.

Taking in 13 rounds, the 2021 Regular Season will be played out on WRC 9 and will be open to all players of the game on PC, Playstation 4 and 5, Xbox 1 and Xbox Series X.

Concluding on Rally Finland from 23-26 July, the eight top-ranked players then earn a ticket to the live World Final, at a yet-to-be-determined time and location. 2021 calendar highlights include Kenya, New Zealand and Japan, which are all hosting championship rounds for the first time.

Once more, two-time world champion from France, Nexl, will have the biggest target on his back, but expect a big challenge from 2020 Regular Season champion Sami-Joe05. The Lebanese youngster made a big splash in his 2020 debut and is expected to only grow further in his second season.

This was confirmed in late December, when as a final act of 2020, Nexl took out the Anonimo Christmas Weekly Challenge, while Sami-Joe05 finished in third spot. Breaking them up on the podium was Wrcsetups.com – the eSports athlete formerly known as Mihalo.

Fan favourite Greekman will be aiming to earn his Grand Final ticket via the Regular Season

Having earned an early ticket to the 2020 Grand Final via a wildcard event in Monte-Carlo back in January last year, fan favourite Greekman will this year be back competing for his ticket in the final via the regular season. Other key players to watch are Izamusing - another to debut in 2020, and RC-JHTL85, who returns with a chip on his shoulder after narrowly missing out on a spot in the 2020 Grand Final.

Finally, following a successful debut in 2020, the teams’ championship is also back and will once more be competed for alongside the drivers’ championship. Registration remains open to have your team entered. You can find more details here. Registration remains open to 15 January.

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