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
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 Formule1.nl, 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.”
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.”
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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!
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
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!
- Review: Gran Turismo (SpeedCafe)
- Gran Turismo Movie Review: There’s Heart in This Gamer-To-Racer Film (The Sunday Times)
- Gran Turismo Movie review – sim racers, this one’s for us (Traxion)
- ‘Gran Turismo’ Review: Fresh & Provocative Racing Car Drama That’s Different From The Others (Deadline)
- Gran Turismo film review: Showcasing a new form of motorsport star (Autosport)
- Gran Turismo (2023) Review (Fortress)
- Gran Turismo (2023): A Film Review (FWT)
- ‘Gran Turismo’ Review: Neill Blomkamp’s Video Game Adaptation Swerves Into Cliches (Collider)
- Gran Turismo: The Kotaku Australia Review (Kotaku)
- The Gran Turismo movie veers away from its real-life inspiration into full-on gamer cringe (Polygon)
- Gran Turismo’s Jann Mardenborough reveals hidden Easter eggs (Radio Times)
- Fantasy to reality: The Darlington roots of racing driver who inspired Gran Turismo biopic (ITV News)
- THE first time Jann Mardenborough sat behind the wheel of a racing car in 2011, his only experience of being on a track was in a video game. (The Sun)
- The History and Successes of GT Academy: Turning Gamers into Racing Drivers (Traxion)
- The History of GT Academy: From Gamers to Race Car Drivers (FWT)
- The successes and failures of the GT Academy (Traxion)
- Cars from the Gran Turismo Movie not currently in Gran Turismo 7 (Traxion)
- Jann Mardenborough on Transitioning from Sim Racing to the Real Thing (Motorsport Prospects)
Competitive Sim Racing News
Here are more headlines from the world of competitive sim racing.
- eNASCAR College Series returns for a full academic year in 2023-2024
- Ray keeps word to friend, but misses eNASCAR playoffs after Pocono
Sim Racing Tips & Techniques
Sim Racing Tech Roundup
Here is a roundup of the latest sim racing tech news and reviews from around the world.
- The Best Sim Racing Cockpits to Perfect Your Driving Skills
- Sim Lab Push-Pull Rally Shifter
- Sim Lab Handbrake XB1 Loadcell
General Sim Racing News
- Eight essential racing games releasing in the second half of 2023
- Ready, Player One? 12 tips to make you faster in the F1 23 game
- iRacing: First Rain Videos
- iRacing Making Progress with Advanced Rain Physics
- Brace Yourself: Rain Is Finally Coming to iRacing
- RENNSPORT: Closed Beta Update Adds Praga R1, Figure 8 Track
- Rennsport updates Closed Beta, adds damage, figure 8 track
- F1 23: v1.09 Patch Out, Introduces F1 World Changes
- Gran Turismo 7 August update: everything you need to know
- The Ultimate Racing Sim Bundle Offers Seven Top Racing Titles for a Good Cause
- July 2023 Development Update – iRacing.com
- Ultimate Engineer Toolkit for iRacing 2023
- The Best Sims for Online Oval Racing
- Racing Game History: Indianapolis 500: The Simulation (1989)