This week I bring you details on the new FIA Esports Community Survey. This is your chance to inform the FIA about your sim racing needs.
I also look at how Deagen Fairclough has progressed from sim racing to the British F4 Championship, the new Beckham Guild sim racing hub and an opportunity to get a free onboard analysis from sim racing experts.
As usual you will also find tech and general sim racing news, tips and more. All this in this week’s edition of the Sim Racing Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. Its sim racing news for racers not gamers.
From Sim Racing to the Real Thing
ROKiT Racing Star Deagen Fairclough has been unveiled as the first confirmed entry with Hitech Grand Prix for the 2024 ROKiT F4 British Championship. The move will see ROKiT become team sponsor for Hitech ahead of the new season.
The British driver finished third in the 2023 British F4 Championship, earning his opportunity on the grid at the inaugural ROKiT Racing Stars final shoot-out last year. Fairclough hopes to add more wins as he embarks on a renewed campaign in the series, switching to 2023 Team Runner’s Up, Hitech, for the new season.
“We’re very excited to see Deagen joining Hitech for the 2024 season and, given his meteoric development last year, including 3 race wins in the last 3 race weekends, we are very confident he will be a serious contender for the championship next year. Deagen’s development as a driver is particularly pleasing for me because giving someone like Deagen the opportunity to demonstrate their talent in a fully-funded F4 car, when they otherwise don’t have the means to race in the championship, is precisely what we set out to achieve with ROKiT Racing Star,” said Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and Co-Founder of the ROKiT group of Companies.
Deagen Fairclough added, “Winning the ROKiT Racing Star competition last year enabled me to race in the 2023 F4 season which was a fantastic learning curve for me and I was pleased with the developments and improvements I made through the season. I am so excited to be joining Hitech GP and am delighted to have the continued sponsorship from Jonathan’s ROKiT Group. I can’t wait to get started!”
Competitive Sim Racing News
McLaren Shadow F1 esports team, McLaren Racing’s esports outfit, has announced a new partnership with NEOM. According to a statement, NEOM and McLaren Shadow are set to ‘collaborate on developing talent pathways in Saudi Arabia from grassroots through to high-performance sim racing, including opportunities to train in the McLaren Shadow Academy.’
The FIA has assembled a 2023 FIA Esports Community Survey and is asking sim racers to complete it in order to better understand their needs.
The purpose of this survey is to gather data from the global Esports community, so that the FIA can better understand it and help with its development. None of the questions are mandatory to answer, and no personal data will be collected. However, your answers are very important in allowing us to better understand the industry and to help it grow. A summary of the survey’s outcome will be shared in Q4 of 2023 across FIA channels.
The survey consists of four pages and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please do share it with your friends, teammates, community or anyone else who is active in Esports/simracing.
You can complete the survey here.
Here are more headlines from the world of competitive sim racing.
- Beckham’s Guild Esports Opens Sim Racing Hub For Drivers Of Tomorrow (Forbes)
- Sim racing works driver Joshua Rogers moves up to second place (Porsche)
- Porsche Coanda works driver Joshua Rogers wins final race in Daytona (Porsche)
- Motorsport UK and Williams Esports race ahead with Loughborough College (Motorsport UK)
- Collegiate Sim Racing Events (Tend Hunter)
- URANO eSports, Apex Racing Team Win at IMSA Esports Global Championship Opener (IMSA)
- Start Your Engines – Logitech McLaren G Challenge Returns for 6th and Biggest Season Ever (Silicon Canals)
Sim Racing Tips & Techniques
The Advanced Motorsports Institute have put together two great resources for sim racers to help improve their craft. The first is a free onboard analysis where you will receive a personalized video response from one of their VIP instructors. It is valid between November 22nd and 26th and limited to the first 100 participants.
The second is their free ebook The Art of Driving at the Limit which you can download here.
Sim Racing Tech Roundup
Here is a roundup of the latest sim racing tech news, reviews, and recommendations from around the world.
- The Best Sim Racing Cockpits on Amazon 2023 (Box This Lap)
- Logitech’s $19 K400 Plus keeb is the perfect upgrade for media PCs, Steam Decks and sim racing rigs (Rock Paper Shotgun)
- Fanatec and M-Sport Add New Sim Racing Module (Hardcore Gamer)
- Save big on a Thrustmaster T248 racing wheel at Best Buy before Black Friday (Dexerto)
- Best Racing Wheels For Gaming In 2023 (Game Rant)
General Sim Racing News
- COMPETITION: Win a complete Williams Esports Sim Rig setup (Williams Esports)
- PSA: Gran Turismo 7’s Easy Money Trick Will Be Patched Soon, So Act Fast (The Drive)
- DreamWorks All-Star Kart Racing (Game Crate)
- Crystal Palace in Assetto Corsa: No Walk In The Park (Race Department)
- Known Issues Forza Motorsport (Forza Motorsport)
- Novus at the ADAC SimRacing Expo 2023 | Highlights (Novus)
- Davo’s SIM Racing 12-hour simulated fundraiser will see profits go to Foodbank Geraldton (The West Australian)
- IndyCar Terminates Agreement With Motorsport Games (Insider Gaming)
- Cooler Master Accelerates into the Fast Lane with HubAuto Racing at Macau Grand Prix (Yahoo Finance)