In this week’s edition of the Sim Racing and Esports News Roundup, I bring you news of a sim racer turned real life racer and his (real) on track success. As I have mentioned before, the whole purpose of the Sim Racing and Esports News Roundup is to document and highlight how sim racing can benefit real life racers and encourage people who are sim racing to try the real thing. The transition from virtual to real racetrack is becoming more and more common and I want to encourage this.
I also bring you developments in competitive sim racing, including techniques you need to know for sim racing success and an online tool you can use to help you fine tune your sim racing skills. In addition, you will get details on a sim racing competition that will help you raise funds that will be used to introduce and support youth in motorsport.
Finally, I also talk about Motorsport UK’s big sim racing push, and you can hear the wise words of F1 driver Kevin Magnussen.
All this and more in this week’s sim racing news that racers can use.
From Sim Racing to the Real Thing
- Sim racer Jimmy Broadbent and Gordie Mutch have won the inaugural Praga Cup UK title. The sim racing content creator turn motorsport competitor and pro racing driver racer turned virtual competitor, combined this season for a title charge after an initial successful partnership at the tail end of last season’s Britcar championship. It makes the first championship for Broadbent in only his second full season of competition. “I’m a bit of a YouTuber and that’s sort of how I’ve got here,” said Broadbent.
Competitive Sim Racing News
- The world’s best virtual racers are headed to Marseille in France to compete for their nation’s glory in the Fanatec Esports Cup this week at the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games. A total of 57 racers from FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) National Sporting Authorities (ASN) will compete – chasing gold, silver, and bronze medals next week from October 26 to 30. Esports is one of 16 different disciplines to be contested at the Games, which has attracted 72 nations and nearly 500 competitors. Competing aboard gaming rigs supplied with the latest Esports competition components from global leader Fanatec – the racers will fight it out on a virtual version of the Circuit Paul Ricard venue on the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform.
- British gamer Bailey is the 2022 MotoGP eSport Rising Stars Series Champion after a heroic comeback in the final event by just over one second. “On the back of six highly successful years, the MotoGP eSport Championship continues to innovate in a variety of ways in 2022. After debuting in 2020, the Rising Stars Series, an eSport talent promotion initiative, will have the third running of its final.”
- Ted Trax Racing, which I featured recently in News Racers Can Use, has launched a fundraiser sim racing series to further their mission of introducing and funding youth into motorsport called the TTRC Fundraising GT Cup. There are a number of benefits for teams that register for the championship and of course, all drivers are welcome. You can get further details at the Ted Trax Racing site here.
- Lamborghini has confirmed its status as a major player in Sim Racing Esports according to GN24 with its Real Race series. “The real race 2022 was announced by Lamborghini Esports. This year, the competition returned with a new format in the three regions, EMEA, NALA, and APAC with a prize pool of 15,000. After two successful editions, one of the winners can join the official Lamborghini esport team.The Real Race, which took place this year on the famous racing gameAssetto Corsa Competizione, was organized by 2 751 individuals, the entire community, and more than 145 drivers registered on Lamborghini esports. All participants had the opportunity to discover and ride the new Huracan Super Trofeo Evo2, the new racing car of Lamborghini.Radical aerodynamic refinements and the uncompromising design created by Lamborghini Centro Stile make the Huracan Super EVO2 the most advanced version ever designed to race in the One-make series.”
- AVL RACETECH presents: Beat the PRO Challenge. On November 1st, professional racing drivers Finn Gehrsitz, Tatiana Calderón, Ferdinand Habsburg, Mirko Bortolloti and many more, will take part in our `Beat the PRO Challenge´ on iRacing. Within a 40 minute GT3 sim race, YOU have the chance to battle real PROs on the virtual Le Mans track. In total 1.000 USD of iRacing vouchers are up to grasp for a limited amount of participants. Join the YouTube Livestream brought to you by Apex Racing TV on November 1st and watch an exciting sim racing action in our `Beat the PRO Challenge´. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3VZjiqq Here is how to enter the exclusive competition draft:
- Step 1: Check if your iRating is above 1800
- Step 2: If yes, send us your application (including your iRacing Username and ID) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Step 3: Once we reviewed your application, we will contact you if you can take part in the event
- According to Overtake, here are 7 Techniques EVERY Sim Racer Should Know. “Many of you are dreaming about winning a race on a sim in their first few weeks. But there are so many things you need to learn and it can be easy to get stuck and don’t know where to improve. Emily Jones is here to help with seven essential sim racing techniques.”
- Driver 61 has released a new, free feature where you can discover your Sim Racing Driver Score. “Receive a bespoke report with your overall driver score plus scores for each of the five disciplines of racing.”
General Sim Racing News
- Following an announcement in February, the partnership between F1 and Kindred Concepts has created its first sim racing experience center in London. F1 Arcade will be opening 24th November 2022 inside the One New Change retail center. “A cocktail bar is set to offer refreshments, while food will be served based on locations used in the F1 schedule. It will be outfitted with 60 simulator rigs, created by cockpit manufacturers Vesaro and equipped with D-BOX haptic feedback. The venue will be available for solo or team-based use, where visitors race against each other, and various assists can be tweaked to suit skill levels. The driving experience will be provided by the existing simulator rFactor 2, owned by Motorsport Games, but with licenced content created exclusively for F1 Arcade. It marks the first time the platform has been used for official F1 content.”
- Traxion reports that Motorsport UK plans to create a racing esports community hub according to Paul Crawford, Motorsport UK’s Esports Manager. “We are developing a simple informational hub, which will give new people who’ve come fresh into sim racing a bit more clarity around what equipment to use, what platform or console is better, what are the pros and cons of each, what games you can use on certain platforms, etc,” Crawford explained. “If somebody starts playing Gran Turismo, and they’re like, ‘Oh, I currently just play with my mates, but I want to take it a little bit further’. You might come to us and [we’d] recommend communities or websites where you can go and race on Gran Turismo” he continued.
- Recently, Asetek SimSports brand ambassador Kevin Magnussen answered questions submitted by fans. In the two videos below, here are his answers.