Singapore - For the first time ever, Singapore hosted a regional GT4 race at the world renowned Red Bull Ring. If this statement confuses you, it shouldn't. The multi-billion dollar gaming industry has in recent years, seen growth and expansion beyond expectations; and while the ratio of actual race-drivers versus road-drivers is relatively minute, the number of sim-drivers is set to surpass that of road-drivers, if not already. Whether in the comfort of their own homes or at studios fitted with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of simulators, sim-drivers from as young as seven have started a career in sim-racing.
Over the course of the past decade, with increasing realism in both softwares and hardwares, alongside the ease and speed of seamless connectivity, sim-racers today can literally race on any circuit around the world with competitors from all walks of life.
Thus the concept developed by our partners the Legion Of Racers and the first such regional race organized, with 23 participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines signing up for Round 1 on 7th June 2019. Realistic as the graphics and sound effects are on Gran Turismo Sport, the organizers also ensured the entire experience to be as close to a real race as possible. After a 30 minutes qualifying session, 9 sim-racers were knocked out leaving only 14 spots on the grid for the 15-lap race.
Luis Moreno from the Philippines clinching first place, Afif Suhaimi from Malaysia in second and Amir Haziq, also from Malaysia completing the podium set in third.
Watch both the full race which was streamed live on Facebook, and the race highlights below. Remember to also stay tuned to Legion Of Racers (FB page) and 9tro (FB page) for more updates of Round 2, happening on the 21st of June 2019!
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