Australia will have a representative fighting it out at this year’s FIA Asia Pacific GT E-Motorsport Championship with Emily Jones to take part in the five-round series.
Having won the Motum Simulation VSR Invitational Showdown at the Formula 1 Heineken Australian Grand Prix earlier this year, Jones’ prize was a seat in the continental simulator challenge.
During the Invitational Showdown, some of the country’s best sim drivers posted lap times around the famous Albert Park circuit and the top qualifiers made it through to the elimination competition.
After winning all her races to make it to the Grand Final, Jones then managed to beat event favourite and three-time iRacing V8 Supercars Official Series Champion, Dayne Warren to book her place in the Asian Championship.
“It felt good to win the Motum Simulation VSR Invitational Showdown, but I was surprised because you didn’t know what other times are until after you finished,” Jones said.
“It was fun to race against other good sim drivers and the sims were really nice.
“I have no idea what the competition in the Asian Championship will be like, but it will be really cool and I am excited to represent Australia.
“It should be a lot of fun. I can't wait.”
This year’s FIA Asia Pacific GT E-Motorsport Championship will be run on Assetto Corsa Competizione via PlayStation 4 and 5 platforms.
Held online, there will be representatives from 22 countries around the region, including China, Japan, Australia, India, New Zealand and Malaysia.
The competition will see entrants compete on the virtual versions of Formula 1 circuits such as Monza, Imola, Barcelona, Paul Ricard, Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps.
In addition to the GT E-Motorsport Championship, Jones will also take part in the Asia Pacific MSS AC Endurance Championship 2022.
The three-round endurance championship will be run on the Assetto Corsa PC version and will feature Marina Bay Street Circuit, Red Bull Ring and Fuji International Speedway as the circuits.
The Asia Pacific MSS AC Endurance Championship begins on 9 October and the FIA Asia Pacific GT E-Motorsport Championship begins on 23 October.
FIA Asia Pacific GT E-Motorsport Championship calendar
Round 1 - 23 October
Round 2 - 6 November
Round 3 - 20 November
Round 4 - 4 December
Round 5 - 18 December
Asia Pacific MSS AC Endurance Championship calendar
Round 1 - 9 October - Marina Bay Street Circuit (Night)
Round 2 - 13 November - Red Bull Ring
Round 3 - 11 December- Fuji International Speedway