Kerala's Abdul Fattah and Mumbai's Raiden Samervel clinched the remaining two spots on the championship podium. Season 3 of the ISRL will start on 8th May.
Touted as one of India's biggest online simulator racing championships, Indian Sim Racing League (ISRL), organised by IR eSports in association with Volkswagen Motorsport India, has just concluded its second season and Chennai's Sai Prithvi has claimed the championship title this time by a big margin. Scoring a total of 252 points during the five-round championship, Prithvi has earned himself a testing session in an actual Volkswagen Motorsport race car.
Behind Prithvi, Thrissur's (Kerala) Abdul Fattah collected a total of 191 points to become the championship runner-up. The overall top three were rounded off by Mumbai's Raiden Samervel (172 points). Though Fattah won't be getting his hands on VW Motorsport's race car, he has earned himself karting training sessions with Rayo Racing. Samervel, on the other hand, gets a free race entry, courtesy of IndiKarting.
Season 2 of the ISRL witnessed participation from 14 cities across India and racers, from the comfort of their home, got to experience virtual racing one some of the world’s most iconic circuits, such as Silverstone, Daytona and Laguna Seca. The championship takes place on the iRacing platform, and each racer competes in an FIA-homologated Dallara virtual Formula 3 car (with identical setup for all racers) on his/her simulator. Each of the five rounds of the championship consists of two 45-min practise sessions, followed by a 10-minute qualifying session and a 20-min race. Experienced race officials oversee all proceedings.
Sharing his thoughts on the emerging eSports scene in the country, Mr Rayomand Banajee (Founder - IR eSports) said, 'We have always been looking at growing motorsport at the grassroots level. We gained a lot of knowledge organising India’s largest eSports Racing Championship last year. The lockdown created a perfect opportunity for the sport to grow and we are happy to create a competitive avenue for motorsport to grow in India via iRacing.'
To this, Mr Sirish Vissa (Head - VW Motorsport India) added, 'We are proud to associate with IR eSports and the Indian Sim Racing League. This gives a different dimension to our motorsport program in India. With this association, we look forward to expanding our footprint in terms of accessibility to the sport.'
Due to overwhelming response and unprecedented online viewership, the organisers have announced that Season 3 of the ISRL will begin on 8th May, registrations for which are already open.