Virtual races this weekend: esports times and streams

Although there may not be any real-life racing, you can choose from major MotoGP or IndyCar virtual races this weekend to get your motorsport fix.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt on the motor racing calendar for the foreseeable future. However, that can’t stop the likes of F1, IndyCar, MotoGP or NASCAR as well as major esports channels providing a virtual racing alternative for motorsport fans.

This weekend, MotoGP returns to screens with its #StayatHomeGP series with the appearance of a doctor in the house for the first time. Meanwhile, F1 and NASCAR will take a weekend off but there is a lot of online action to help you entertain, such as IndyCar and all-star races on the virtual race tracks.

Here’s a list of the biggest races of this weekend.

IndyCar iRacing Challenge

Saturday, 11 April, 7:30 p.m BST

IndyCar will be virtually racing from the V8 Supercars and Michigan International Speedway champion Scott McLaughlin aiming for following round 2 at Barber Motorsports Park last week.

While Sage Karam – the round one winner – suffered retirement at the halfway stage, the New Zealand native held off Will Power in order to win the race by under half a second.

Reigning series champion Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud, and Sebastien Bourdais will be acting once again from their homes with NASCAR Sprint Cup favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr being a guest to compete.

Livestream is available on the series’ YouTube channel and also being broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 and NBCSN.


Sunday, 12 April, 2.00 p.m BST

After missing round 1, Valentino Rossi is going to make his virtual racing debut as Marc Marquez, race one winner Alex Marquez and Fabio Quartararo also return for more.

The new Honda Repsol racer took a win at Mugello but will face harder competition as the riders head to the Red Bull Ring.

Round 2 of MotoGP will be shown on Sunday afternoon, available on MotoGP’s main and esports websites, some certain TV broadcasters, and social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

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