As racing fans wait eagerly for the world of motorsports to take to the track once again, teams and championships have moved into eSports, with virtual races being held to keep both drivers and viewers entertained!
After a successful start to a new season of sponsorship in the FIA World Endurance Championship and a partnership with the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, Goodyear have taken a step onto the virtual racing stage.
With a large fanbase already, sim-racing takes place online with participants using simulators in their own homes. Races are streamed live for racing fans to view worldwide. The Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans took place on 13-14th of June with some famous drivers including Jenson Button, Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris taking part, drawing fans of real-life racing into the sim-racing world. The event was a huge success despite some teething issues with the platform including server problems resulting in the race being red-flagged on two occasions. The race was won by Rebellion Williams Esports #1 car – a partnership between WEC team Rebellion Racing and Williams F1’s sim-racing team – driven by Haas Formula 1 reserve Louis Deletraz, factory Mercedes GT driver Raffaele Marciello and professional sim-racers Nikodem Wisniewski and Kuba Brzezinski.
Goodyear’s existing partnership as the sole tyre supplier for the WTCR has also been extending into sim-racing, with virtual Goodyear fitted to all cars racing in the online series. The series will see six one hour events held between 14th June & 19th July and will be streamed live on Eurosport in 54 countries. The full race schedule and details of where to watch the races can be found on the Official FIA WTCR site.