Another incredible year of racing at SimGrid is coming to an end. Before moving on to 2023, there is still a rich month of action in December! The World Cup is set to make its return, while More Female Racers still has two races on the schedule. As always we will also break down some of the most interesting events provided by the ever-growing number of communities present on our platform.
SimGrid x VCO World Cup
SimGrid and VCO once again join forces to give life to another edition of the World Cup. Forget the old championship format: this time the competition will be run as a one-off event, the 12 Hours of Kyalami. 49 teams, with 3-4 drivers sharing the wheel, are going to be pushing out on track for a $10,000 total prize that will be distributed within the top 20 at the end of the race.
Following the official entry list reveal, on Friday 16th December all 49 teams will hit the track for three knock-out qualifying sessions and a Top 5 Super Pole. You will be able to follow the event on the SimGrid YouTube channel. The day after, Saturday 17th December, at 12:00 CET the green flag will officially drop on Kyalami.
More Female Racers Season 5
And the South African track is right where More Female Racers will restart in December, on Monday the 5th. While we still don’t know the race venue for the final round, scheduled for Monday 19th December, we definitely are aware of how things are shaping up in the championship’s standings.
The last two double-headers will tell us if Aenore Rose can keep her 14 points lead over Aloo Gobi in the Pro standings. After winning five of the first six races, Rose will try to keep the momentum going in Kyalami. Silver and Am class are worth watching too, with many drivers trying to chase current leaders Ruby Acosta and Cosmo Marsh.
VGTR Challenge 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
As mentioned earlier, the World Cup will basically be a one-off 12 hours of racing. What about doubling that amount on a legendary track such as Spa-Francorchamps? VGTR Challenge is hosting a special 24-hours event on the 10th and 11th of December. 50 teams of 2-4 drivers will go at it for an entire day-night cycle.
Grid is currently full, but there are still some reserve slots available in case of last minute withdrawals. Driver’s briefing will start at 11:00 UTC. 35 minutes of qualifying and then the field will finally be good to go for this big endurance event.
Harakiri Racing 4 Hours of Mount Panorama
Our December schedule features shorter endurance options too. That’s the case of the 4H of Mount Panorama organized by Harakiri Racing. This multiclass event will be held on Saturday the 3rd of December. A total of 49 GT3 and GT4 are sharing the track for 240 minutes.
Strategy-wise, tire sets will not be limited, while a stint time of 65 minutes will be in effect. Teams can be formed by 1-3 drivers. Live stewarding and broadcasting are both granted. Custom liveries are allowed too. The event will kick off at 17:00 CET with the free practice session that will precede the two 15-minutes qualifying sessions (one for each class).
SOP Motorsport British GT Championship 2023
SOP Motorsport is planning ahead with an eye to 2023. In December, signups to their third British GT Championship are officially opening. This is a multiclass competition, featuring all GT3 and GT4 manufacturers that competed in the 2022 real counterpart. If you are a fan of the series, this is a unique chance to build your hype. In fact, the final round is scheduled on the weekend before round 1 of the real 2023 British GT Championship.
Cars are going to hit the track only in 2023, but the upcoming month will be crucial to secure your spot on the grid. For the first time in three years, the championship will be team-based, meaning that racers cannot go solo. Teams are visiting six British tracks plus Spa-Francorchamps in 90 minute, 2 hour and 3 hour races. The final round at Donington Park will crown two new champions.
Quantum Racing Christmas Party
Could we really avoid mentioning Christmas in a “This Month at SimGrid” dedicated to December? Well, Quantum Racing provides us a good excuse to write about it! They are organizing a special Christmas Party on Sunday 11th December starting at 15:00 GMT.
A 75 minutes GT3 race at Silverstone could sound as a mainstream event, but here comes the twist: refueling will not be allowed. Racers will have to check their consumption by anxiously looking at their fuel tank emptying as they battle other 49 competitors on the track.