Williams F1 Partners with Racing Prodigy

Williams F1 has partnered with Racing Prodigy in an exciting development that will see them as the first team in the inaugural season of the Prodigy Racing League. As the trend of going from sim racing to real world racing accelerates, I anticipate we will see more moves like this in the future. I also have news on a cool sim racing competition in Australia, more tips and tricks and the latest sim racing news and reviews. All this and more in this week’s edition of the Sim Racing Roundup on Motorsport Prospects.

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Williams F1 Partners with Racing Prodigy

British Formula 1 team Williams Racing has become the first official team in the Prodigy Racing League (PRL), organized by sports, entertainment and media property Racing Prodigy. Drivers selected by Williams Esports, the team’s sim-racing division, will compete in the ‘e2Real’ series, allowing them to transition from virtual to real-world racing.

The first real-world edition of the Prodigy Racing League will commence in Autumn of 2024 in the United States. Williams Esports will draft four drivers to represent its four-car, real-world PRL team this summer. The 32 candidates from 14 countries – aged 15 to 45 – previously qualified for the draft by racing in one of PRL’s esports events and competing at Prodigy Week, Racing Prodigy’s real-world racing tryouts.

The inaugural Prodigy Draft will also be hosted within Williams Esports’ London Fan Zone on July 6th and live-streamed on Racing Prodigy’s YouTube channel.

Williams will also hold competitions at its Fan Zones worldwide, including Tokyo, Miami, Melbourne, Montreal, Singapore, Austin, Las Vegas and Barcelona. These events give attendees a chance to earn tickets to Prodigy Week, qualify for the Prodigy Draft and be chosen to compete for Williams’ PRL team.

The selected drivers will receive paid contracts from Racing Prodigy as well as professional coaching provided by Williams in collaboration with PitFit Training. The motorsports performance company will offer an intensive remote coaching programme to all PRL contestants while preparing them for each race with a tailored training regimen. PRL will also gain access to PitFit’s Human Performance programme.

The Prodigy Racing League is the world’s first ‘e2Real’ series with the goal of supporting sim-racers who strive for a career in real-world racing. Organised by Racing Prodigy, the first season’s esports competitions saw over 100,000 participants race for a fully-paid spot in Prodigy Week Parts 1 and 2, according to the company.

“As well as competing in the league, Williams – in collaboration with PitFit Training – will provide an intensive remote coaching program to all PRL drivers competing in the series. The program features a comprehensive driver evaluation test with feedback from a driver coach, chief engineer, and human performance coach. Preceding each race, drivers will engage in a tailored training regimen covering crucial aspects such as race car physics, set-up development, condition and performance mapping, strategy testing, and adaptive driving styles. Furthermore, PRL participants gain access to PitFit’s Human Performance program, responsible for preparing hundreds of drivers and teams in motorsports, ensuring that physiological and cognitive stressors never become a limitation of maximizing performance. PitFit’s program for PRL drivers is complemented by Williams’ coaching expertise in fitness, strength & conditioning, nutrition, and sports psychology, as well as its rich heritage of engineering and driver development.”

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