This week I show you how sim racing can lead you to race in the British F4 Championship in my latest From Sim Racing to the Real Thing segment.
In addition to racing in British F4, DTM race driver Bruno Spengler explains why he sim races, a new sim racing competition from SRO Motorsport and 3 unorthodox ways to improve in sim racing.
All this plus more resources to help you develop in sim racing, the latest tech and sim racing news and more in this week’s Sim Racing and Esports News Roundup on Motorsport Prospects.
From Sim Racing to the Real Thing and Back
As part of the announcement that ROKiT was continuing on as the title sponsor for the 2023 ROKiT F4 British Championship, they announced the ROKiT Racing Star program. “In addition to the title rights and associated benefits, ROKiT is funding the ROKiT Racing Star programme that will provide talent, sourced through an esports programme, the opportunity to race on track in the 2023 ROKiT British Formula 4 Championship.”
As should be obvious if you read this column or follow sim racing, real world racers sim race. They either do it to learn a track, hone their racecraft or just have fun amongst numerous reasons. Bruno Spengler is one of those real world drivers. Spengler, the French-born, Canadian-raised racing champion was born in 1983, racing not only more than 15 years in DTM competition but also recently as a member of Turner Motorsport’s BMW GTD Pro in IMSA competition, that team having competed in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona already. He was recently announced as the Team Captain for BMW M Team BS+COMPETITION this season for the inaugural season of ESL R1. John Munro of Traxion GG recently sat down with Spengler to learn more about his role on the team.
“There’s so many things you can achieve and show your cars and even help with developing cars by doing sim racing with great drivers and great teams, like this competition for example. The sim racing platform is huge, and I think there is no limit for this platform to evolve.”
Competitive Sim Racing News
The virtual counterpart to the GT World Challenge championships is returning for 2023, and it will include a new in-person Sim Pro Series Live LAN championship alongside the existing online formats. The collaboration between the SRO and AK Esports uses the officially sanctioned Assetto Corsa Competizione platform and a field of GT3 machinery. The online sprint championships for Europe, America and Asia continue in a largely unchanged format, as does the Intercontinental online endurance series which sees multiple drivers per car and includes a virtual 24 Hours of Spa. More details can be found here.
Here are more headlines from the world of competitive sim racing:
- Motorsport outfit Team HARD commits to esports in 2023
- Inside the world of VIRTUAL Formula One: MailOnline goes behind the scenes with McLaren’s eSports team to find out what it takes to become a professional driver
- Power Your Passion: Stormforce Gaming and Apex Racing Team Forge Partnership and Launch Stormforce Racing ART PESC Team
- New Verstappen partnership has ‘endless possibilities’
- George Morgan: ESL R1 has broken the sim racing mould
- BMW M Team BS+Competition announces ESL R1 lineup, DTM champ manager
- Apex Racing: ESL R1 “too good an opportunity to turn down”
- MOUZ’s Benecke dominates to take first ESL R1 event win
- BMW M SIM Cup: URANO eSports wins both classes in controversial first round
- Coming up in 2023 on Simracing.GP
- eNASCAR Needs a Big Season, & It’s in Position to Have One
- Sim racer Travis ‘Moonhead’ Brown will race again with Huffman Racing in 2023
Sim Racing Tips & Techniques
Author Davide Nativo of Race Department looks at 3 unorthodox ways to improve in sim racing. “Nowadays everyone offers articles and videos that say the usual repetitive things: how to improve braking, how to accelerate faster, how to follow the racing line. Then there are those that make promises like: this will forever change the way you race, I wish I had known this when I started simracing, “alien” secrets that will make you faster, etc. Therefore, I have decided to share with you the 3 unorthodox things I have done to improve in simracing, and how. Some may seem silly, but indulge me because I think you will find them interesting and fun.”
ChatGPT is all the rage these days but how about ChatGPT as a sim racing driver coach? Race Department looks into it. “But the power of any technology is as positive (or negative) as the intentions and capabilities of the user. And one very interesting case can be seen in the video below, where an attempt is made to use ChatGPT as a driving coach for iRacing. This experiment is very interesting as it showcases how this technology works and can be implemented to teach a real person the basics of a specific discipline… such as sim racing. Enjoy!”
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SIM Motorsport Race School has been created to support aspiring Racing Drivers wanting to get into Motorsport, or even get back into Motorsport. “It is well known that simulation training prior to a race weekend is now more important than ever and the ability to be able to test and prepare is invaluable to today’s top racing drivers. The Race School has been created to provide aspiring racing drivers from all age ranges, 14yrs – 70yrs old, with the necessary skills to learn how to be the very best at being prepared both mentally and physically, as well as good at reading telemetry and applying what they learn to become better drivers.” More information can be found here.
Sim Racing Tech Roundup
Here is a roundup of the latest sim racing tech news and reviews from around the world.
- VRS DirectForce Pro Formula Steering Wheel revealed at ESL R1 event
- Porsche launches gaming chair in partnership with Recaro
- How to Improve ACC Graphics at Zero Performance Cost (RTX Tips)
- Next Level Racing launches PlayStation Edition of GTLite racing cockpit
- Upgrade your sim setup with Logitech’s G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel set at $250
General Sim Racing News
- Ranked: Top 10 photo modes in racing games 2023
- GTR Revival teases AI-generated sim racing commentary
- How involved should Motorsport UK be in the world of sim racing?
- SIM Steering Wheel Market Size 2023 : Expected To Deliver Dynamic Progression Until 2029
- Rennsport “quite sure” sim racing game will come to consoles
- VR Headset for Sim Racing Market 2023 Industry Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Growth Analysis and Forecast to 2028
- ICYMI: This week in racing games – 10 February 2023
- D-BOX Technologies’ Third Quarter Results Highlighted by 87% Revenue Increase
- How Rennsport is revolutionising sim racing
- GTR Revival: Everything we know so far
- Rennsport Tracks: Every track confirmed so far
- A Conversation With Brock Drury: VSU Alumnus, Filmmaker Introduces “The Sim Racer” to South Georgia Film Festival Audiences