The Speedweek eSeries will be hitting Aussie TV screens this weekend, marking a monumental moment for the esports community down under.
Sim racing, where drivers race in hyper-realistic computer based simulations, is one of the most exciting spectacles in gaming.
SBS will be hosting the Speedweek eSeries in high definition, with Round 1 broadcast this Sunday August 12th from 1230 AEST.
Eight drivers will be taking on a classic Australian course: Mt. Panorama in Bathurst.
We spoke to one of those drivers, Simon Feigl, who races for Altus Esports.
“Speedweek are looking to recreate the world of real world motorsport entertainment by bringing together some expert racing drivers from both the real world and the simulator world, in a four round championship series.”
Simon believes that this will expose a wider TV audience to the excitement of sim racing.
“This championship series gives the TV audience the first taste of how interesting simulated races can be in comparison with the real world equivalent, and are arguably more entertaining.”
Viewers will get to see some of the best in the local sim racing scene, battling it out for what will be a historic Championship.
Simon describes, “Each of the racers were invited to compete in the series. In my case, thanks to being an International Finalist of GT Academy in 2015 and being a driver who has flourished in the world of iRacing, I was invited by Sony Australia to compete as one of the gamers in the series.”
Feigl has a long history in the sim racing community, and founded Altus Esports earlier in the year to bring some of the best racers together.
“The team is a small close knit group of elite racers that compete strongly in the iRacing GT World Championships having claimed podiums and finishing 7th overall in 2017’s series, and competing in the series again this year.
“We also have a pair of Dirt Sprint Car drivers who are some of the fastest in the world.”
Despite only forming in June, Altus Esports boasts some of the best racers in the world.
“Tim Ryan is currently the World Championship Leader in iRacing’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series with just five rounds to go.
“Whilst we are indeed a small team of only 7 drivers at this stage, we compete at both national and international level regularly on iRacing, and other platforms when events such as the Speedweek eSeries come around.”
To keep up to date with all of the Speedweek eSeries action, be sure to tune in on Sunday, as well as following Speedweek on Facebook.