The gamers that launched a motorsport revolution
Back in 2008, Nissan's GT Academy helped turn a gamer into a real life racing driver. It was an innovative concept that has expanded along with the rise of eSports and one that could help attract new motorsport fans in the future
"It was in that garage over there," Darren Cox, Nissan PlayStation GT Academy creator, says pointing at one of the many outbuildings that are dotted around Bedford Aerodrome.
He's talking about the moment, 13 years ago, that inspired the creation of the GT Academy, the first concerted effort to make the link between playing racing computer games and driving real cars on real tracks.
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The chaotic end to the virtual Indy 175 might be dismissed as "just a game," but the insulting actions of two IndyCar stars may have serious real-life consequences
The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show
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F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing
Since he was ejected from the programme at the end of 2006, the latest Red Bull junior driver brought back into the fold to race in Formula 1 - in a virtual sense for the inaugural Virtual GP - has had quite the career journey. From ADAC GT Masters and Porsche Supercup to Le Mans and the DTM, here's how a works pro got to relive a long-forgotten dream
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