W Series officially moves its 2020 sophomore season to the world of ESports

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Formula 3’s all-female W Series sophomore season has been officially cancelled for 2020. But there’s good news, as competition will be revving up in the world of ESports.

Organizers spiked the eight-race, real-asphalt-and-rubber schedule because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make large gatherings a nonstarter.

Instead, the drivers greenlighted to race on actual W Series tracks for 2020 will climb behind the virtual wheel. Sim racing featuring those 18 female drivers will take place on 10 different circuits. The ESports season starts on June 11, with drivers navigating Tatuus Formula Renault 2.0 race cars. Helping the series come to online life at 2 p.m. EST on Thursdays will be the sim specialists at iRacing.

In announcing the migration online, W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir said: “We remain committed to developing our drivers and entertaining our loyal fans all over the world. To that end, we are progressing with our exciting and innovative new W Series Esports League, which will go live on June 11 2020. In addition, our brilliant management team—including 13-time F1 Grand Prix winner David Coulthard and our hugely experienced Racing Director Dave Ryan—will continue to provide our drivers with invaluable career advice and support.”

The series is already making plans to return to the real track for a second season in 2021. This will include two races on the Formula 1 calendar, in Austin, Texas, and Mexico City.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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