Exciting simracing through DTM's glorious history
The DTM Esports Classic Challenge is DTM’s very first esports series – a five-round, retro-themed mini-tournament that will feature 15 real-life racers being challenged by five of the fastest simracers from the DTM fan community.
Uniquely, the Classic Challenge will enable the sport’s current superstars to race competitively in some of the series’ most celebrated retro machines. Racers will compete in a mix of modern and classic DTM machinery at tracks that represent the 34-year history and heritage of Europe’s biggest touring car series.
A field of 15 invited Allstars is joined by five Challengers from the simracing community.
The Allstars will feature the top names of real-life motorsport drivers, including current and former DTM drivers, drivers of DTM support series such as DTM Trophy, friends from other series such as Japanese SUPER GT and popular simracing influencers.
The five Challengers for each event are randomly drawn out of the top 100 fastest lap times set in the Weekly Qualifiers running in the DTM Esports Classic Challenge competition in RaceRoom Racing Experience.
The events will run in association with RaceRoom. The car selection is known before the event takes place and used in the Weekly Qualifier, the track to race on however will be revealed shortly before the weekend.
The one hour event includes two qualifying sessions and two races.
DTM Esports Classic Challenge race calendar
Sunday 3 May - Round 1 - 1992 DTM cars
Sunday 10 May - Round 2 - 2013 DTM cars
Sunday 17 May - Round 3 - 2014 DTM cars
Sunday 24 May - Round 4 - 2016 DTM cars
Sunday 31 May - Bonus race - TBC
Each round will start at 14:00 CEST / 12:00 UTC
The DTM Allstars are invited friends of DTM. During the five events in May we will see appearances of the following drivers at DTM Esports Classic Challenge:
Lucas Auer, Tom Blomqvist, Nick Cassidy (Winner SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race), DaveGaming (Simracing Influencer), Philipp Eng, Robin Frijns, Timo Glock, Ben Green (DTM Trophy), Ferdinand Habsburg, Dani Juncadella, Nico Müller, Gary Paffett, René Rast, Mike Rockenfeller, Robin Rogalski (DTM Young Drivers Test), Fabio Scherer, Ben Tuck (DTM Trophy), Kelvin van der Linde, Sheldon van der Linde, Robert Wickens.
You can watch the DTM Esports Classic Challenge as a live stream on various social media channels. Each round will be presented by esports commentator Luke "Actrollvision" Crane and DTM expert Oli Sittler in English language.
Pro tip: Open a second browser tab and look for the live streams of participating drivers on Twitch. This way you can additionally watch the event from the driver's perspective, e.g. René Rast on Twitch.
The following partners will also stream the DTM Esports Classic Challenge:
Ran.de, beIn Sports, Eleven Sports, Motorsport.TV, MotorTrendOnDemand, Sport5, THE RACE
The DTM Esports Classic Challenge is free to enter. In order to get your chance to race alongside the Allstars, you need to set a top 100 lap time in the Weekly Qualifier.
1. Download RaceRoom Racing Experience software for PC for free on Steam.
2. Participate in the DTM Esports Classic Challenge competition for free (no owned game content necessary).
At the end of each Qualifier, 5 drivers out of the top 100 of the leaderboard will be randomly drawn to participate in the race. They will receive an e-mail invitation, where they have to confirm their participation.
This is valid for round 1 to 4 of DTM Esports Classic Challenge.
The final round will be a bonus round, where 15 drivers out of the top 100 of the time attack scoring (combined points of all rounds) will be randomly drawn to participate in the race.
So even if you are not lucky to be one of the five Challengers in round 1 to 4 it is still important to gather points for the overall leaderboard and the bigger chance to join the final bonus round.
The DTM Esports Classic Challenge will feature the DTM cars of 1992, 2013, 2014 and 2016.