26 Apr Pro Racing Driver Seb Morris to represent official Bentley entry in brand new SRO E-Sport GT Series
• Bentley factory driver Seb Morris enters world of online sim racing
• Former British GT Champion to represent official Bentley entry
• Silverstone venue for first SRO E-Sport GT Series race this Sunday
Following hot on the heels of his successful half-marathon challenge last Saturday, which helped to raise almost £35,000 for NHS Charities Together, works Bentley racing driver Seb Morris is taking on another new challenge this weekend – participation in the SRO E-Sport GT Series.
Exchanging the driving seat of his real-world Bentley Continental GT3 race car for his professional sim racing rig at home in Wales, 24-year-old Morris has been confirmed as part of Bentley’s official entry into the five-round virtual championship which starts this Sunday, 26th April.
Created by SRO, organiser of the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup in which Chester-based Morris competes in real-world motorsport, the E-Sport GT Series brings together professional racing drivers and the globe’s premier sim racers.
Boasting a star-studded entry, including six of Bentley’s pro drivers, Sunday’s race will be contested around a virtual Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit – which would have been the venue for the second round of GT World Challenge Europe next month, had the COVID-19 lockdown not been in force.
Utilising the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform, which is the official GT World Challenge Powered by AWS racing simulation video game, the SRO E-Sport GT Series has been created in collaboration with Kunos Simulazioni and Ak Informatica.
While the Pro Series class is reserved for real-world professional racers such as Morris and fellow Bentley Motorsport driver Alex Buncombe, invited sim racers will compete in the Silver Series and other gamers will have the chance to earn an entry in the AM Series through a hot-lap competition.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to be representing Bentley Motorsport’s official entry in the SRO E-Sport GT Series, I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do against all of the other manufacturers”, said Welshman Morris, “Make no mistake, this is all very serious stuff. The top sim racers are mega competitive so the pros from real-world motorsport definitely won’t have things easy.
“There’s a lot of very hard work going into all of this behind the scenes and I’ve been working closely with the engineers from Bentley to prepare as well as I can. Everyone is every bit as serious about this virtual championship as we are when we’re physically at a race track. As in real-world racing, I intend to fight as hard as possible and do the absolute best we can for Bentley Motorsport.”
Following this weekend’s opening E-Sport GT Series race, the next event will be on Sunday, 10th May, at a virtual Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Race three will be one week later at Germany’s Nurburgring with a visit to a virtual Barcelona on Sunday, 31st May. The championship will conclude with a race on Sunday, 14th June, at a venue which will be determined through a public vote.
Gamers who would love the opportunity to compete against Seb Morris and his fellow pro drivers in this Sunday’s race are invited to visit www.sro-esport.com to sign-up and register for the ‘AM’ Class and the hot-lap contest.