In just over a week, 19 of the fastest drivers on Forza
Motorsport 7 will be taking part in a Pre-Season Invitational event for the
2018 Forza Racing Championship. Ahead of the event, I want to take a look at
what you can expect from each of the drivers and teams taking part.
In total, there will be 19 drivers competing – with 12 of
these drivers coming from one of the four teams that will take part in the team
events. These four teams are Alien Motorsport, F4H Motorsport, Japspeed Racing and
Virtual Drivers by TX3. The additional seven drivers are made up of drivers in
teams who won’t be competing in the team races, and independent drivers. The
full list of competitors can be found below.
Drivers: RoadRunner, Europa, McQueen
You can expect AMS to put up a real fight at the Seattle
Invitational, and certainly cause a few upsets. Coming off the back of a Forza
Racing Championship Season 3 victory for RoadRunner, the Welshman will hope to maintain
his position at the top of podium come Saturday’s event. Europa will look to
dominate in anything P class, but that doesn’t mean he’s a slouch in the lower
classes. The same can be said for McQueen, who rounds out the AMS trio.
Arguably the dark horse of the group, McQueen has been quietly impressing in
all sorts of events – including ORL’s Porsche Super Cup Invitational. He’ll be intending
to cement his name as one the best on the game.
Drivers: Venom, ForceOne, Racerz
F4H are practically synonymous with Forza esports, having
been around for over a decade. They’re by far the longest standing team in the
line-up, but they aren’t old codgers by any stretch of the imagination. Young
guns ForceOne and Racerz will be hoping to prove age isn’t a factor when it
comes to talent – something the pair each have by the bucket load. The two will
both be aiming to complete their rapid rise to the top of the Forza esports
scene with a victory at the Invitational. Joining the pair is Venom, a P and X
class specialist just like AMS’ Europa. Once again, just like Europa, that
doesn’t mean he’s slow in the lower classes, with a long track record of success
in pretty much anything he gets behind the wheel of.
Drivers: Lightning, HardBR, MisterJack
French team TX3 have tasted Forza Racing Championship
victory before, when Laige piloted a trademark luminous green TX3 Ford to the
Season 1 title. Following Laige’s departure from the team, TX3 looked to
replace the formidable driver. After receiving backing from esports
organisation Team LDLC, they did so in the form of New York Invitational
champion Lightning - the first person to end Laige’s Forza Racing Championship
dominance. HardBR (previously JSR ZooM) joined TX3 at the same time as
Lightning, and is a fierce leaderboard driver. Unlike some leaderboard drivers
however, HardBR is able to maintain his one lap pace over the course of an entire
race. The final TX3 driver will be MisterJack, a long time TX3 driver with a
solid set of results to back up his position in the team.
Drivers: Rossi, Craviator, Commando
Finally, JSR rounds out the teams taking part in the team
races. They will be hoping to put their men on top in Seattle, with a line-up
certainly capable of doing so. Scotsman Rossi is one of the most formidable
drivers you’ll ever come up against. As of yet, Rossi hasn’t won in the Forza
Racing Championship – we may finally see him step up and take victory in Seattle.
Teammate Commando meanwhile will also have his sights set firmly on victory,
having proven his pace on leaderboards and in events alike. Finally, Craviator
will be taking full advantage of the offline nature of the event in order to best
show off his ability. A driver marred by internet issues, Aussie Craviator will
intend to show everyone what he can do when connection isn’t a factor.
Currently the winningest driver in Forza Racing Championship
history, with 2 titles to his name, Laige will have just one goal in mind. Get
back on top. Having slipped up in New York and in Season 3, Laige will be
hoping he can pick up an Invitational victory to add to his collection, and to
give him the momentum heading into Season 1 of the Forza Racing Championship
The German National is (in his own words) a senior citizen when
it comes to the world of esports. At the ripe old age of 24, he has been able
to maintain his pace for an incredible amount of time. Having stepped onto the
podium at the Season 3 finals alongside Lightning and Laige amongst others -
bbb0x is now an independent driver with no team association, following the disastrous
implosion of the eSPORTS+CARS team.
After qualifying for the McLaren World’s Fastest Gamer
competition on Forza Motorsport 6, Harmonic will be looking to take another
victory at the Seattle Invitational. Another victim of the eSPORTS+CARS
implosion, Harmonic is now also an independent driver - but that won’t stop him
from putting up a fight at the top end of the field.
Chriz has been competing on Forza Motorsport titles for years,
and is definitely one of the ‘old boys’ like bbb0x. He’s just taken part in the
TORA Sebring 12 Hours with the Wipperman Racing team, winning the event in the
GT class – proving he’s still got it.
Australian driver Nee will be representing Team Highlands
Racing (THR) at the Invitational. Their sole driver will hope to build on success
he has enjoyed competing on Forza Motorsport 7 in the Harvey Norman Supercars
Challenge at Bathurst in 2017. He’ll be hoping to shake the field up a bit and
provide some upsets.
I wish I could give more insight for these two drivers. However,
they are both Chinese competitors who have received invitations to the event after
their efforts at the Forza Racing Championship ChinaJoy event. After their
performances, they and some other Chinese Forza drivers created the team MD. Beyond
that, I have literally no knowledge of the drivers as they are completely
unknown in the Forza esports community. I will be watching on excitedly though
however, as new talent is always entertaining to watch, and engaging the growing
Chinese market is ideal for the Forza Racing Championship.
The Forza Racing Championship Seattle Invitational will take
place on Saturday 24th March. Get the full run down of the event
structure here. Or to see the 2018 Forza Racing Championship road map and
timeline of events check out our previous coverage. FullThrottleMedia will be
at the Seattle Invitational with Alan as well as myself, so expect plenty of
coverage from the event itself. Oh and by the way, my money is on Rossi to win –
you heard it here first!
Isaac is one of our lead writers for FullThrottle, and has a lot of passion for racing games and real-world motorsports.
He’s also a competitive online racer in organized league events, and you can expect plenty of coverage from on real-world motorsport, racing games, and eSports.