The finalists, including 2018 champion Jon Armstrong and 2017 victor Lohan Blanc, emerged from more than 12,000 players who contested 12 qualifying rounds during the regular season. All were played on the official video game of the World Rally Championship.

The eSports final will be played on 8, the latest version of the hugely popular game which was launched last month by publisher Bigben with significant updates to increase player realism.

Finalists will face each other in 11 special stages using identical rigs provided by Playseat® and steering wheels provided by Thrustmaster.

Young-Chan Kim (KOR) received a wild card entry to the final. The 20-year old won a play-off hosted by manufacturer Hyundai, beating nearly 2,000 rivals during a multi-week selection programme.

Ulsterman Armstrong, who drove in the real-life WRC in 2017, recovered from a crash to secure the crown 12 months ago in a thrilling final. His success came just a year after being inspired to try the WRC game when watching live coverage of the 2017 eSports WRC Championship final.

The eSports WRc final will be played on the new WRC 8 game

The runner-up will receive a stylish Anonimo Militare Chrono WRC watch. Third will win a gaming rig, comprising a Playseat® WRC racing chair and a full set of Thrustmaster equipment (racing wheel, pedals, handbrake).

The final will be contested inside Venue Cymru Theatre in the heart of the Wales Rally GB service park in Llandudno. Fans are welcome to watch the finals from 18.00 and can play WRC 8 for free during the rally. Admission is free.

Fans can also follow the action on the WRC+ digital platform at www.wrcplus.com and on social media channels including WRC Facebook, WRC The Official Game, Hyundai Motorsport, Thrustmaster, Playseat and gaming.

The eSports WRC Championship powered by Hyundai is organised by WRC 8 publisher Bigben and development studio Kylotonn.

Head to WRC+ to watch All Live from Wales Rally GB, including every stage broadcast live, breaking service park news and expert studio analysis.

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