Virtual Race of Champions
The first Virtual Race Of Champions will take place on Sunday June 28, 2020 at 18:00 UK time (19:00 CET) and will be streamed live on the Race Of Champions Youtube and Facebook channels
In addition to his real-life exploits, Vandoorne has also shone in the world of esports, taking overall victory in the Formula E Race at Home Challenge. Solberg has also taken a keen interest in sim racing, winning the Legends Trophy with historic F1 machinery and qualifying on pole for a virtual Indy 500 race on the Indianapolis oval.
The event, which is organised in partnership with Motorsport Games, will follow a similar format to the real-world Race Of Champions. Some of the biggest stars from Formula 1, World Rallycross, Formula E, Le Mans and other major disciplines will go head to head in identical cars. They will face off on virtual versions of some of the most iconic venues of ROC’s rich history, such as the mixed gravel and tarmac roads of the original Gran Canaria track and the twists and turns of London’s Wembley Stadium.
The tracks have been built from the ground up in the sim racing game Assetto Corsa and have not been used in competition before, ensuring a neutral platform and fair competition for all participants. Just like in the real-world Race Of Champions, the drivers will have to showcase their diverse skill set to quickly adapt to a wide variety of machinery, including a VUHL supercar, a Rallycross car and the classic ROC buggy.
ROC President Fredrik Johnsson said: “Our two first eROC Champions Enzo Bonito and James Baldwin have both proven that they can transfer their racing skills from the virtual to the real world. Now we will see how some of the world’s best race drivers adapt to competing on the Virtual Race Of Champions parallel tracks!”
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