- Hyundai joins Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports, BMW, Bentley, Aston Martin, and ROKiT Venturi Racing
- Dutch World Touring Car Cup and Dakar Rally ace Tom Coronel joins Legends Trophy with long-time sponsor DHL
- Today’s second race of season two televised on ESPN2 in the US, Eurosport in the UK, online on The-Race.com/YouTube, all Eurosport online platforms and on Twitch on UMG Gaming
LONDON, UK (Saturday, May 9, 2020) – Torque Esports’ The Race All-Star Esports Series continues to attract major manufacturers and big brands to the globally televised esports racing championship.
Hyundai is the latest brand to enter a team in conjunction with INDYCAR legend Bryan Herta. The 10-time INDYCAR pole winner’s Bryan Herta Autosport team runs the three-car factory Hyundai squad in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Championship in the U.S.
Herta’s driver Gabby Chaves is already a regular in The Race All-Star Series and is fourth in the points after last weekend’s opening race on the rFactor 2 version of the former Malaysian Grand Prix circuit.
Hyundai will now be part of the Pro Cup team’s championship alongside Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports, BMW, Bentley, Aston Martin, and ROKiT Venturi Racing.
In addition, Herta has joined the sim racing world in the Legends Trophy events – running in factory Hyundai and N Performance livery alongside the likes of ex-Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button; Herta’s former INDYCAR teammates Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan and sports car teammates David Brabham and Jan Magnussen.
“I can’t wait to see Bryan Herta race again, especially against some legends in the sport,” said Paul Imhoff, director, Marketing Communications, Hyundai Motor America.
“What Torque Esports’ The Race All-Star Series is doing makes for great wheel-to-wheel action. You get the best esports racers and pro drivers battling it out in one broadcast.
“Seeing Gabby Chaves and Hyundai N Brand logos on virtual tracks around the world is exciting to see, especially during these unprecedented times.”
Joining Chaves on the Hyundai squad for the team’s championship will be series front-runner Bradley Smith. The British racer will make his debut in Hyundai colors today when the series races on the virtual former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix at 17:00 U.K. | 18:00 Europe |12:00 U.S. Eastern | 9:00 US Pacific.
“There haven’t been a lot of positives for motorsports the last few months, but one bright shining light is the rise in interest in sim racing and we, along with our partners at Hyundai, have enjoyed becoming more involved in interacting with our fans on a different platform,” Herta said.
“Fielding a Hyundai team in The Race All-Star Series and the Legends Trophy races is a great extension of that. We look forward to returning to the track soon, but recognize the importance of esports and will continue virtual racing as well.
“In addition, The Race series has a tremendous TV broadcast worldwide, including ESPN 2 here in the U.S. and we’re pleased to give the N Performance and Hyundai enthusiasts a team to cheer for.”
Also expanding for week two of series two of the championship is ROKiT Venturi Racing. Argentinian FIA World Touring Car Cup racer Esteban Guerrieri joins the team alongside French racer Norman Nato.
Another high-profile World Touring Car Cup star, Dutchman Coronel, is also a new entrant for the Legends Trophy this week. Coronel brings his long-time sponsor DHL into the virtual racing world as backer for his All-Star Series entry.
“Torque Esports’ first All-Star Series event went from concept to creation in only 72 hours, but eight weeks later the championship continues to go from strength to strength,” Torque Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox said.
“We’ve made tremendous steps along the way with the establishment of the Legends Trophy; our partnership with ROKiT Phones; our international television deals with ESPN and Eurosport; our highlights content partnerships with 71 networks reaching 610 million homes and now the establishment of the team’s championship attracting major manufacturers.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Hyundai and Bryan’s team to the series and can’t wait to see the great team’s championship battle that will be fought out in the weeks ahead.”