It’s the final weekend of qualifying for the inaugural World Cup of iRacing and, as Danny Ocean would say, “Are you in or are you out?”

The fifteen online racing clubs from around the world that have already qualified for the World Cup in Seasons One, Two and Three can answer “In” without hesitation.   A similar number of clubs have not yet qualified for the World Cup and, barring a miracle, can only answer “Out.”

World Cup of iRacingThen there are the clubs representing Australia, the Benelux, DE-AT-CH and Illinois.  None have yet qualified for the World Cup by winning a Regional Season Club Championship (RSCC); all have a chance to do so this weekend.  In the case of DE-AT-CH, odds are the German-Austrian-Swiss club will be “In” the World Cup come the final checkered flag of Season Four on Monday.  Club DE-AT-CH holds an insurmountable 10,000 point lead over Club Italia in iRacing’s Central European Division and appears destined to clinch a sixteenth bid in the World Cup of iRacing tournament, slated to begin on January 26.

The fates of Australia, the Benelux and Illinois are less certain.  Each trails a previous RSCC-winner in points approaching the finish line of Season Four; each could grab a berth in the World Cup of iRacing with a little racing luck this weekend.

As of Friday morning, the Illini have the toughest row to hoe, given that they trail Central US Region rival Plains by a little more than 240 points.  Australia is 191 points back of West in the Pacific Region, while the Benelux trails Club Celtic by a mere 34 points in the Western European Region

Can the Aussies qualify for the World Cup of iRacing?

Can the Aussies qualify for the World Cup of iRacing?

The Australia v West competition is more than just one of the closest battles; the outcome could well affect the timing of the World Cup of iRacing tournament.  The first round of the tournament, the Regional Annual Club Championship (RACC) Runoffs is scheduled for January 26 – 30, with the RACC Final on January 31.  Should the Aussies come through with their first RSCC, the schedule will be altered to afford the iRacers from Down Under – and a day ahead of much of the rest of the world’s calendar – a fair shake.  In the case of a Club Australia win, the RACC will be shortened from five to four days (January 26 – 29), with the Final moved to January 30.

Regardless of the timing of the RACC Finals, the seven clubs scoring the most points across both the categories of oval and road racing in their respective regions will advance to the World Cup of iRacing Championship on February 6, 2010.

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This should be fun, Glad to see accommodations will be made for the Aussies assuming they can make it into the World Cup.

Lincoln Miner
January 22nd, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I know this may seem pedantic but I just want to point out that there are many New Zealanders in the Australia/ New Zealand club. It is almost an insult to keep refering to New Zealanders as Australians. Although we will always be best mates there is an intense rivalry between the two countrys.
It is kind of like the USA and Canada. Always help each other out but there is a big rivalry.
New Zealanders just want a bit of credit too.

Darren Johnston
January 24th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Hi all im a newbi to iracing and i havent yet understood the way the clubs work. do you have to become a member to a club or do you automatically become a member of australia/new zealand if your in that location on the net?
Also do selected drivers race for the club or do all drivers of the club get a chance to represent?
if anyone could help us with this one it would be good as its the only thing i dont get about iracing.

michael harrison
January 25th, 2010 at 3:02 am

Your point is well taken, Darren. Appologies for any slight against the New Zealanders in Club Oz..

David Phillips
January 25th, 2010 at 4:20 am

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