#beatSKODAACES – ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge continues with next round Rally Australia

› ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge attracted 3,900 gamers for the first round and will be continued with the virtual “Rally Australia” (20/05/–24/05/2020)

› Created content on social media attracted from 20 to 30 April more than 2,5 million ŠKODA Motorsport fans all over the world

› Hero video about the first round of ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge reached about two million rally fans

› Anyone can compete behind the virtual wheel of a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo

› DiRT Rally 2.0TM from Codemasters® will be again used as platform

Mladá Boleslav, 18 May 2020 – After its successful premiere the new ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge continues with virtual “Rally Australia” (20/05/–24/05/2020). Following the hashtag #beatSKODAACES fans from all around the world can again compete online behind the virtual wheel of a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo against rally aces.

The ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge was a success right from the start. Around 3,900 gamers, among them the FIA WRC2 Champion 2017, Pontus Tidemand (SWE), reigning European Rally Champion (ERC1) Chris Ingram (GBR), Slovakian Rally Champion Martin Koči (SVK) and rising star Oliver Solberg (SWE) plus ŠKODA’s e-game ambassador Petr Semerád (CZE), were competing against each other. Although the “real” rally aces had (so far) no chance against the esports specialists from all over the world, even the professionals had a lot of fun. The majority of the gamers came from France, followed by Czech Republic, Spain and Italy. Even players from the United States of America joined the competition. Created content on social media reached more than 2,5 million ŠKODA Motorsport fans all over the world.

The next event of the ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge is the virtual “Rally Australia” (20/05/– 24/05/2020). Rally youngster Oliver Solberg (SWE) had bad luck during the first round of the ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge, when an internet failure caused “retirement”. He nevertheless proved his virtual speed and is now highly motivated. Mikołaj Marczyk (POL), who won the real-life Polish Rally Championship with a ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo, was spontaneously competing in the first round where he finished 10th overall and is already preparing for the virtual “Rally Australia”. Sébastien Bedoret, who finished 2019 third in the Belgium Rally Championship, will take the virtual challenge as well.

The online event will be again open for five days to all registered gamers around the world (link: https://dirtrally2.com/clubs/club/295041, club name: SKODA ECHALLENGE). The virtual platform for the competition is DiRT Rally 2.0, a video game developed and published by Codemasters for all major gaming consoles like PlayStation®4 and Xbox One®. DiRT Rally 2.0 also runs with Microsoft Windows® on a personal computer.

Advise for a virtual car setup

Like in the real world, competitors can get advice from the ŠKODA Motorsport engineers in order to prepare their ŠKODA FABIA Rally2 evo for the virtual competition.

Skipping the trouble of virtual testing, competitors can find the recommended setup on this link (https://bit.ly/366RTcI). The DiRT Rally 2.0 is a very realistic simulation, so the recommended settings are not that far from the real ones, although many values and setting ranges differ. But there are no limits to the own ideas of each competitor.

The ŠKODA Motorsport eChallenge will be covered regularly under the communication hashtag #beatSKODAACES by ŠKODA Motorsport’s social network channels. Also, a video covering the course of the virtual rally will be produced and published after the event.

The calendar of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship

Event Date

Monte-Carlo 23/01/–26/01/2020

Sweden 13/02/–16/02/2020

Mexico 12/03/–15/03/2020

(Argentina 23/04/–26/04/2020*)

Portugal 21/05/–24/05/2020 cancelled*

(Italy 04/06/–07/06/2020*)

Kenya 16/07/–19/07/2020 cancelled*

Finland 06/08/–09/08/2020

New Zealand 03/09/–06/09/2020

Turkey 24/09/–27/09/2020

Germany 15/10/–18/10/2020

Great Britain 29/10/–01/11/2020

Japan 19/11/–22/11/2020

*Events postponed due to the fight against the spread of the coronavirus

Catherine Van Geel

PR Manager, D'Ieteren NV

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