Having launched to great critical acclaim earlier this year, Codemasters are hoping to now turn Dirt Rally 2.0 into something a bit more esports-y. The Dirt Rally 2.0 World Championship will kick off next week on 10th September and culminate at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham on the 11th January 2020.
The World Championship will predominantly comprise of heats held across three months, each consisting of three weeks of qualifiers at a pre-determined location, stage and car class. To take part, just switch on the game on your platform of choice and look for the World Championship tab in the main menu.
Weekly winners will then quality for a quarter finals, with an extra place for the player with the fastest cumulative time each month. The heats will then be followed by quarter and semi-finals on the weekend of the 7-8th December and streamed live across DiRT Rally 2.0 and Motorsport Network channels. While you can use either wheel or pad for the qualifiers, the final on 11th January in Birmingham will exclusively use wheels.
A mixture of Rally and Rallycross events will be part of the competition, on the following schedule:
- 10th September: Poland – Kopina – H2 FWD
- 17th September: Argentina – Las Juntas – Group B 4WD
- 24th September: New Zealand – Te Awanga Forward – R5
- 8th October: Spain – Comienzo en Bellriu – Rally GT
- 15th October: USA – North Fork Pass – Group A
- 22nd October: Australia – Mount Kaye Pass – Group B 4WD
- 5th November: Poland – Czarny Las – H3 RWD
- 12nd November: New Zealand – Waimarama Point Reserve – R2
- 19th November: Spain – Decenso por carretera – R5
- 10th September: Hell, Norway – RX1600
- 17th September: Trois-Rivières, Canada – RX2
- 24th September: Lohéac Bretagne, France – RX Supercars
- 8th October: Montalegre, Portugal – RX Supercars
- 15th October: Silverstone, England – RX2
- 22nd October: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain – RX1600
- 5th November: Mettet, Belgium – RX2
- 12nd November: Höljes, Sweden – RX1600
- 19th November: Hell, Norway – RX Supercars
Game Director Ross Gowing said, “After six months of planning, we are finally ready to launch the DiRT Rally 2.0 World Championship and we can’t wait to get started. Our players are passionate and love the thrill of competing. We look forward to crowning our inaugural World Champions in January and wish all our players the very best of luck.”
Source: press release