Max Verstappen Wants to Help Sim Racers Race for Real

Max Verstappen wants to help sim racers race for real as part of his soon to debut GT3 racing team, that is how strongly he feels about using sim racing as a driver development tool.

I also feature a new program for helping sim racers build their racecraft skills so they can also race in the real world as well as the latest competitive and general sim racing news and technical reviews. To save you the time I have included a roundup of Gran Turismo movie reviews and background information on the film, the driver the film is about and the GT Academy project.

All this and more in this week’s Sim Racing Roundup on Motorsport Prospects.

From Sim Racing to the Real Thing

Max Verstappen Sim Racing

As part of the mission of his new GT3 racing team that is in the planning stages, Max Verstappen aims to help sim racers get into racing. “According to, Max Verstappen wants to help sim racers get into real racing by establishing his own GT3 team. By creating his own team, Verstappen will be able to cherrypick the best sim racers from around the globe to put behind the wheel of a real GT3 racing car.”

Speaking of Verstappen, kart racing site Vroom Kart is looking to expand its coverage of sim racing as a tool for driver development after it notes that an increasing number of drivers like Max Verstappen are stating how sim racing is an alternative to (expensive) karting.

For some years now there seems to be a consolidated tendency on the part of F1 drivers – all of whom have arrived where they are starting from karting – to criticize the high costs, emphasizing how impractical it is for those who set career goals to access the highest level of this sport, which according to some is the only one capable of providing access to minor Formulas and consequently to the junior formula racing that leads to F1.”

Sim Racing Roundup

I have mentioned the career of South Africa’s Setshaba Mashigo as he has transitioned from sim racing to contending for the top title in the Toyota GR Cup. Here is another great profile on how he has made the move to real world racing.

In addition to playing Need for Speed Most Wanted and NFS Underground, Mashigo also discovered a game called R Factor 1, which grabbed his attention. Starting with the demo version, he quickly realised that he wanted more and managed to acquire the full version shortly thereafter. Little did he know that this would be a significant step in carving and building his career in the world of motorsport. In his pursuit of racing dreams, Mashigo faced the challenge of expensive racing simulators. In 2015, he worked a part-time job and saved enough money to buy a basic racing wheel, which became a significant turning point in his journey.”

Advanced Motorsports
Phil and Racim in Action

Continuing the theme of helping sim racers transition to racing in real life, leading sim racing manufacturer and distributor Advanced Sim Racing has launched their Advanced Motorsports program.

Are you ready to become a true champion on track? As a Racing Simulation business, we are proud to partner up with Phil Bouchard & Racim Fezoui to offer what we believe is a truly natural extension of our business. If you are looking to make the most of your racing simulator, look no further than Advanced #Motorsports’ carefully curated coaching programs that range from tailormade private 1-on-1 coaching all the way to a complete and comprehensive performance program offered through the Advanced Motorsport Institute. Phil & Racim go beyond the virtual SimRacing world and also offer on-track coaching and data analysis for drivers that want outperform their competitors on a regular basis. It’s time to get fast, fast.”

Find out more at – You’ll also find them on Instagram at

They currently have two launch specials. Use promo code LAUNCH15 for 15% off on all of their 1-on-1 & VIP coaching sessions. Use promo code LAUNCH25 for 25% off on all of their Advanced Motorsports Institute programs.

If you want to know more about Phil and Racim, I will be featuring an interview with them coming up this month so stay tuned!

Max Verstappen Wants to Help Sim Racers Race for Real

This is a little bit different but the article From Simulated Success to Real-World Opportunity profiles how sim racer Oscar Casasola has parlayed success in sim racing to real-world opportunities to grow his sim racing-related businesses.

The Gran Turismo Film

Sim Racing Roundup

With the upcoming release of the Gran Turismo movie coming up, I thought I would collate some of the early reviews, analysis of the GT Academy as well as my interview with Jann Mardenborough. I tend to ignore the reviews and make up my own mind but if you are curious about what they are saying, here are a bunch. Personally, I am looking forward to this!

Competitive Sim Racing News

Here are more headlines from the world of competitive sim racing.

Max Verstappen Wants to Help Sim Racers Race for Real

Sim Racing Tips & Techniques

Sim Racing Roundup

Under The Hood: Tips and Tricks to Driving iRacing’s Porsche 992 GT3 Cup

Sim Racing Tech Roundup

Here is a roundup of the latest sim racing tech news and reviews from around the world.

Sim Racing Roundup

General Sim Racing News

Max Verstappen Wants to Help Sim Racers Race for Real

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Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background and research skills to assist race drivers by showcasing the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.