The Forza Racing Championship made its debut in Asia over the weekend with the ForzaRC ChinaJoy Invitational: The Chevrolet Cup. Sixteen qualifiers from China competed on Friday in two groups of 8-player races. The top four players from each group would move on to Saturday’s finals and for a chance to call themselves the inaugural ForzaRC ChinaJoy Invitational champion.
Day 1 featured Group A and Group B competing in two races apiece. Race 1 featured the B-Class 2014 Chevrolet Super Sport on Sebring Club and saw some thrilling racing, including a fantastic final lap that saw racer MGC Jrich921 steal the win from TAMA Viper D on the very final turn of the race. The win was a serious blow to Viper D, who was last seen competing in the Forza Racing Championship Season 3 finals at Le Mans under the Gamertag MAN LOVE CARS. Jrich would go on to win the Group A Race 2 as well, piloting the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 around the Le Mans Bugatti circuit, while Viper D had to settle for fourth place.
Over in Group B, both Race 1 and Race 2 were dominated by MGC ChicPizza, a teammate of Jrich but a fierce competitor in his own right. After dusting DueToZoo0 in Race 1, ChicPizza made similar short work of MGC Jamesc999 in Race 2. DueTozoo0 would manage a third place finish in Race 2, enough to get him into Saturday’s races as the only racer at the event not affiliated with a team.
The ChinaJoy Invitational Grand Finals saw a battle between two teams: MGC and TAMA. The powerhouse MGC team had six entries alone, including Jrich, ChicPizza, and James, along with the likes of MGC EasonChen (who had some admirably scrappy drives in Group A on Day 1) and MGC Hawking13, who finished Day 1 with two third-place finishes. Apart from privateer DueToZoo0, the remaining opposition for Team MGC was Team TAMA, featuring Viper D and TAMA PARAXYLNE.
The first race of Day 2 featured the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at Road Atlanta, a tricky combination of power, grip, and undulating terrain that made for some thrilling racing. Based on the performances from Day 1, we expected a battle between favorites Jrich and ChicPizza and that is exactly what we got. At the green light, both Jrich and ChicPizza saw great starts off the line and proceeded to run away from the field, finishing just as they started, with Jrich taking the win and ChicPizza finishing just behind in second.
The second race of the day saw the most powerful car yet – the R-class 2014 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R – tackling the ups and downs of Sonoma Raceway. As always, every part of a race – from start to final lap – is crucial to success and nowhere was that more evident than in Race 2. After stalling at the line from pole position, Jrich quickly fell to fourth position, giving his rival ChicPizza a comfortable lead. To his credit Jrich fought admirably, clawing his way up the field and eventually settling into second place, but it was too little too late, as ChicPizza held him off to take the Race 2 win. With both Grand Finals races complete, both racers were tied on points, which meant officials had to go to total race times to break the tie, giving ChicPizza the inaugural ChinaJoy Invitational win by a mere 1.4 seconds.
With his win, ChicPizza automatically earns a berth to a future Forza Racing Championship event and we can’t wait to see how he stacks up to the rest of the world. Congratulations go out to all the rest of the ForzaRC competitors as well and we look forward to seeing more ForzaRC action in the future!