W Series, an all-female motorsport championship, has entered a broadcast deal with the BBC for its W Series eSports League. The UK public service broadcaster the BBC will broadcast all 10 races in the W Series eSports League across BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, and the BBC Sport website. The championship will commence today, June 11th and conclude on August 13th.
Great Britain’s Jamie Chadwick, who won the 2019 W Series Championship, will take part in the virtual series, alongside the 17 other drivers that had qualified to race in the on-track 2020 Championships. All races will begin at exactly 6 pm (GMT). This new competition comes as W Series called off its 2020 season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The all-female motorsport championship is working alongside gaming peripherals brand Logitech G and sim racing platform iRacing to host the championship. Also, the iRacing platform was used to host both the eNASCAR and Indycar eSports events before the two series returned to real-world racing.
Catherine Bond Muir, CEO of W Series, discussed the inception of the championship and this deal in a release: “We want the brand-new W Series eSports League to be intensely competitive, serious and authentic. Our partnerships with Logitech G, Beyond Entertainment and iRacing are going a long way to help us realise that ambition, and this new partnership with the BBC takes us further still.
“The W Series Esports League can open both W Series and the world of eSports to a wider audience, and the BBC’s unrivalled experience, trusted voice and diverse platforms will be the perfect conduit for that.”