More details on what we can expect from the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games in Rome later this year have been released today by the SRO Motorsports Group (the event’s promotor) in the build-up to the Spa 24 Hours.
The Olympic-style event, which spawned from the FIA GT Nations Cup last year is due to be held on the 1-3 November in Rome and at nearby circuit Vallelunga, and will see drivers from a variety of disciplines compete in the inaugural ‘Race of Nations’.
Today, specifics on the six disciplines that will be used to form this event have been revealed. GT, touring cars, Formula 4, drifting, digital motorsport (esports) and karting slalom will form part of this new competition.
Continuing the national focus of the GT Nations Cup, each competition invites one entry per country, to be selected by the respective National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) worldwide. Liveries in each discipline will feature the national flag of the respective country.
An opening ceremony will be held in Rome on 31 October, at which the competing nations will celebrate their participation against the backdrop of iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Piazza del Popolo.
Each competition will award gold, silver and bronze medals to its top three, all of which will contribute to an overall medal table to determine the winning nation at the end of the event. A closing ceremony will be held at the Vallelunga circuit on 3 November.
The Sporting Regulations of the FIA Motorsport Games are available at fia.com.
The GT Cup will headline the FIA Motorsport Games. The Nations Cup event at Bahrain last year enjoyed a successful first running, when 18 entries from across the globe contested a hugely exciting series of races at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Each driver pairing must be categorised by the FIA as either all Bronze or Bronze/Silver.
The GT Cup will offer a total of six hours of track time per entry between Friday and Sunday. Following two one-hour-long races, the final one of the same length will determine the medal-winning pairings.
Touring Car Cup
The touring car element will feature TCR cars and consist of three hours of track time, with two 30-minute practice sessions and two qualifying sessions of the same length, followed by two races, one of 25 minutes +1 lap and a second of 30 minutes +1 lap.
Top 10 finishers from Race 1 will score points, with the allocation being expanded to top 15 finishers in the second of the races.
All competing cars (which) will represent different nations) must comply with TCR Technical Regulations and each is approved by the FIA. Balance of Performance (BoP) will be published by the FIA in agreement with WSC.
Formula 4 Cup
KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) will supply hybrid-powered Formula 4s for this element of the games.
Designed and built specifically and exclusively for the FIA, it will be the first hybrid-powered single-seater outside of Formula 1. For the first time in F4, it will also feature the Halo safety device, which is currently in use in Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 and which was not due until the next generation of F4 cars in 2021.
The category will utilise an “arrive and drive” format and all cars will be operated by Hitech GP with identical set-ups and limited tyres, and with data being shared between all drivers and engineers.
In the drifting competing, the format will consist of solo runs and later, according to their rank, the drivers will later be paired against each other to compete in the knockout stage.
The Drifting Cup will feature on Friday and Saturday evenings and will be held under floodlights, utilising part of the Vallelunga Circuit’s main straight as well as the complex between Turns 10 and 14. All cars must comply with the FIA safety regulations.
The esports part of the competition will see contestants compete with the popular Polyphony Digital video game Gran Turismo Sport, the bestselling racing game on PlayStation 4 using the same systems as the FIA-certified Gran Turismo Championships.
A large stage will be set up with 12 racing rigs in front of a large LED screen where a series of qualifying and knockout stages will take place. The top 12 drivers will then advance to the Grand Final.
The competition will be held under the supervision of a real-life FIA Race Director and Stewards.
Karting Slalom Cup
This discipline is open to all young women and young men between 14 and 16 years old, with no licence or experience required.
It is a parallel slalom competition in a relay format, with mixed (female/male) pairings of drivers. The entry fee is €500 per nation.
Two equal slalom courses will be created. Each driver will take part in all sessions, completing three laps of the course. The first tour will be a test run while laps two and three will be timed laps.
The competition will start with Friday’s practice sessions followed by a qualifying session held on Saturday and the Final Knockout Tournament on Sunday.
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