Motorsport UK launches Rookie Sports Car Cup

Motorsport UK launches Rookie Sports Car Cup

12 June 2024

The adoption of esports by big companies and organisations plays a key role in the evolution of esports in the UK as a whole, and few organisations do as much in that sense as Motorsport UK. The United Kingdom’s national motorsport membership and governing body for all four-wheel motorsport in the region launched its own dedicated Esports Hub last year, while earlier this year, they announced the first edition of the British GT Esports Cup. And that’s not even all, because recently, Motorsport UK launched yet another esports competition, called the Rookie Sports Car Cup.

Focus on starting esports pilots

The launch of the Rookie Sports Car Cup is not only exciting news for players and fans of racing esports, but for esports in the UK as a whole. That’s because with this new competition, Motorsport UK wants to offer something exciting to those people who are just getting started as esports racers. From there, the best performers can move on to other Motorsport UK esports competitions, like for example the previously mentioned British GT Esports Cup.

Therefore, only players with an iRacing rating of 2.000 or less will be allowed to participate in the Rookie Sports Car Cup, as long as they are at least 16 years old. The competition will consist of five rounds, and competitors can choose to race either in a Mazda MX-5 Cup or a Toyota GR86 Cup. The competition is open to all subscribed members of Motorsport UK who comply with the conditions mentioned earlier.

“Welcome to the first ever championship by Motorsport UK Esports aimed at new/less experienced drivers, using cars and tracks included within the standard iRacing membership”, writes Motorsport UK on their own website, “This championship is for drivers who have never reached 2,000 iRating (on any road licence) and is split across two car classes. All the circuits used are included in the standard iRacing membership so there is no extra cost to get involved. All drivers must be a Motorsport UK Esports Paid member, if you are not already, sign up to the £24.99 12-month membership by clicking the 'Membership' button below.”

5 races and exclusive prizes

The Rookie Sports Car Cup consists of five races, which will all take place in July 2024. One takes place on every Tuesday of the month, and the action will be livestreamed on Motorsport UK TV and RaceSpot TV.

  • 2 July 2024: Oulton Park International
  • 9 July 2024: Laguna Seca
  • 16 July 2024: Tsukuba
  • 23 July 2024: Snetterton 300
  • 30 July 2024: Lime Rock Park

Premium gaming wear developer F33L was named as official Prize Partner of the Rookie Sports Car Cup. As a result, competitors can win one of a total of ten pairs of SR2 Gloves during the championship. One pair of gloves will be awarded to a driver in each class selected at random out of all the drivers who finish both races of that round. No matter what happens though, each competitor cannot win more than one pair of F33L SR2 Gloves.