With the lockdown in place, Esports has seen its audience expand, with sim racers taking on professionals.
You don’t have to look far to find an Esports event taking place at the minute. With the suspension of motorsport until at least the end of June, many drivers and fans have found new ways to get their motorsport fix.
From the likes of Ash Sutton taking part in TCR Australia Esports and the F1 drivers featuring in several online events the platform has flourished over the past few weeks.
Pro Racing Simulators in conjunction with Track Obsession are hosting a huge online Esports challenge which we will be covering, this includes over 60 entrants competing over 3 rounds, the grand final includes the chance to race against professional racing drivers from BTCC, Mini Challenge and W Series. The challenge has big prizes up for grabs for the top three.
The variety of platforms ensures almost anyone can join a race, with some drivers setting their own leagues online. The 750mc Locost drivers have been racing against each other virtually. Also BritCar have an Esport series with some of their regular drivers featuring in the races.
I myself took part in my first Project Cars online race with Club Racing UK. Racing against racing drivers and enthusiasts. I finished a creditable 6th. I also have been taking part in an Instagram F1 Esports series with two wins and a third so far. Although a far cry from real racing, it certainly helps with the lack of motorsport at the minute.
Photographers are also enjoying the new skill of Esports photography. With the likes of Project Cars 2, Forza and Gran Turismo having photos modes allowing plenty of creativity.
Will we see the Esports boast continue after lockdown, we shall wait and see, I think it’s something that will stick around with many more companies getting involved and offering prizes.
Stay safe and stay at home, happy racing!