In this week’s Sim Racing and Esports News round-up I look at yet another sim racer’s transition to real world racing, Romain Grosjean’s plans to use sim racing to discover new driver talent, Max Verstappen’s new racing team and some informative videos featuring iRacing setup videos and lap guides. I also have a great charity iRacing event you can participate in.
- Autosport has a great article on sim racer Jimmy Broadbent’s transition from sim racing to the real thing. “I think if you have a properly set up sim racing cockpit and you spend a couple of hours on it, you will immediately see the link [to the real-world] and the benefit of testing in a virtual space. We even use MoTeC when we practice at home. Braking traces and the curvature of how we’re getting on the throttle. It’s all analysed on the sim and we do exactly the same here [at Silverstone]. That is a directly transferable skill.”
- In the video above, Traxion.GG spoke to Romain Grosjean about his Andretti Autosport deal for the 2022 IndyCar season, his passion for sim racing and the future of his eponymous team, R8G Esports. They also discuss how he decided to back young talent through creating an esports team and hopefully one day creating real-world opportunities.
- Max Verstappen has launched his own esports and real world racing team which will be supported by Red Bull. Verstappen has brought together under his new team’s banner his long-standing association with Team Redline which will represent his outfit in eSports and a venture in the real-world of racing that will kick off with his father Jos taking part in the 2022 Belgian Rally Championship. But Verstappen.com Racing will also support 20-year-old Dutch charger Thierry Vermeulen in the ADAC GT Masters series.
- The Coach Dave YouTube channel has kicked off a weekly series of live setup sessions for iRacing. You can watch the first one above on setting up an Audi RS 3 TCR for Barber Motorsports Park.
Here is Coach Dave’s iRacing Lap Guide for a Porsche 992 GT3 Cup at Suzuka.
- Finally, VETMotorsports has announced their Armed Forces iRacing Challenge & Fundraiser. According to VETMotorsport’s “you could win 2 tickets to the 2022 Indy 500, a 2-seat Indycar ride, or an SCCA membership for 1 year! But that’s only if you put your digital race shoes on the podium. We hope to see you there! All proceeds benefit our motorsports mission! Practice starts April 24, 2022, at 12:35 PM.” You can sign up here.