After an intense week of of qualifying competition in both open-wheel and GTE cars, the nationality and driver lineup for the VCO Cup of Nations for UNICEF presented by Acronis has officially been set. 16 nations, each represented by four top iRacers, will take part in two days of exciting competition on July 25-26, with the top three splitting a £7500 prize pool.
Germany is the top seed and headlines Group A, with a driver lineup led by Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup front-runners Maximilian Benecke and Patrik Holzmann. Many of the countries responsible for the world’s top real-world racers are represented, with Italy, the United Kingdom, and France heading up the other three groups, respectively. The United States enters the tournament as the eighth seed, while Canada nipped India for the final spot in the tournament on the final day of qualifications to join Germany and the US in Group A. Real-world pros in the driver lineup include longtime Formula 1 star Rubens Barrichello, representing Brazil, and IMSA’s Robby Foley competing for the United States.
Qualifying for the VCO Cup of Nations for UNICEF presented by Acronis featured two hot lap challenges, first with the Formula Renault 3.5 at Donington Park on July 1-2 and second with the BMW M8 GTE at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on July 5-6. The 16 top-scoring nations in the qualifying stage punched their tickets to the Group stage. The Group stage on July 25 will feature three races featuring all 16 countries, but only the top two from each group will be guaranteed to advance; the rest will face off in one more event to send two more to the second day of racing.
A single Semifinal race on July 26 will whittle down the remaining 10 teams, putting them each in head-to-head groups with the higher scoring teams advancing. The losing five will take part in another last-chance event among themselves to send a sixth team to the four-race Finals. The Finals will see the team that scores the most points across four events earn the title. Cars and tracks for the remaining stages of the event will be revealed on July 13, but the combinations they’ll be used in won’t be shared until the day of each event.
The full qualifying scores and group, nation, and team lineups for the VCO Cup of Nations for UNICEF presented by Acronis are as follows:
The VCO Cup of Nations for UNICEF presented by Acronis will be broadcast on Racespot starting at 1600 UTC (12PM ET) on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.