McLaren Shadow 2019 rFactor 2 Qualifier

Get ready for one of the world’s most intense and demanding competitions for virtual racers.  This is the 3rd year we have worked together with McLaren to create something unique.

Last year, rFactor 2 winner Nuno Pinto fought hard to earn his place in the finals where he eventually finished runner-up – now it could be your turn to take part!!

Not only that, there will there be awesome prizes for taking part in the rFactor 2 round this year;

The winner wins a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre, and an awesome Sunday Grandstand ticket at Silverstone 2020 (including flights and accommodation).

And even if you enter, you could be lucky enough to win one of the following:

  • 2x Sunday grandstand tickets 2020 season for a race of the participants choice (Not including travel or accommodation)
  • 5x McLaren caps
  • 5x McLaren T-shirts signed by Lando Norris

The rFactor 2 winner will join 7 other contestants to fight for a place on as a paid driver on McLaren Shadow team, as well as an awesome experience at the finals, such as driving McLarens!

 It’s a contest that will see the winner offered an awesome role, follow @mclarenshadow on Twitter for the latest news!

Registration opens Monday 30th September at 13.00 CEST, dive into the rFactor 2 McLaren Shadow qualifier and experience driving the McLaren Senna GTR at Silverstone.

Schedule and format

So, how does it work!?

We will have 1 super-hot round of hotlaps starting from the 30th September until the 6th October.   The top 20 drivers will then compete in a shootout race on Sunday 13th October at 20.00 CEST live broadcast across channels.

30th September – 6th October:  McLaren Senna GTR on Silverstone GP – Top 20 qualify for Weekend Showdown 13th October

Before you begin, if you haven’t already, you will need to have a copy of rFactor 2 installed and the McLaren Senna GTR!

If not, there are a few steps required to get going.

Step 1

Firstly create a Steam account, download and install rFactor 2 here

Then you will need to purchase the incredible McLaren Senna GTR here

Once installed, we suggest you setup your wheel and options in single player.

See here for a guide on what to do with your install

Step 2

You are ready to go! Click here to enter the McLaren Shadow competition.

To get you going checkout the following;

Log into our competition system with your Steam account. Just click on the “Sign In” and follow the steps according to steam.

After that, you can subscribe to the current event.

If you don´t have an account on our competition system yet, you will need to fill in those details and create one.

After you’ve done this, it´s time to sign up for the Shadow event.

Make sure you read the terms & conditions.

The next step shows you the current session running, info about the event etc.

On the bottom left you find your quick way onto hotlap servers to create your fastest laptime on track.

Before you hit “join session”, make sure you got Steam open, rFactor 2 installed, as well as the needed content for that round.

You will likely see a pop-up looking similar to this, make sure to Open Steam Client Bootstrapper here.

Steam will then notify you about joining the server. This won’t pop up into to foreground so you might need to click on your steam window to see and accept it.

Choose your car livery, click on race and off you go.

During the session you can adjust your car settings to your liking. Good luck!

If you need help you can chat with us directly on Discord – click here


Right just some hotlap/time trial rules, we will be reviewing all laps that qualify in the top-30 and performing spot-checks, those that do not observe correct driving may have their lap removed or will be disqualified (DQ)

  • Observe the track limits at all times, if we observe track cutting that is unrealistic with all wheels in an off-track position the lap will be invalidated
  • You can use the green run-off at Stowe if the game allows it – if you are outside of this area with all four wheels your lap will be DQ’d
  • Do not use off-tracks prior to the lap starting to gain speed
  • Do not use external software to modify performance
  • Respect your competitors

Good Luck!