Esport racing has exploded in recent months. With the lack of real motorsport to watch, fans all over the world have been joining leagues and watching live-streams to get their racing fix. Praga, maker of the R1 race car have recognised that go-karts are an untapped area of esport racing and are seeking online players with an interest in karting – and offering a prize to experience a Praga R1 race car for real.
Praga has joined forces with 27Racers, an exciting new sim racing club, to start a global esports initiative to keep drivers and enthusiasts entertained at home.
27Racers is open to all, with a focus on console sim racing games initially. The Praga Sim Racing event will be held every Tuesday evening at 8pm BST, with the culmination of the summer’s racing resulting in one lucky driver experiencing the lightweight, high-downforce Praga R1 in real life.
“As with most motorsport this season, our plans to go racing with the R1 had to move online during lockdown. But, with go-kart production at the heart of Praga’s business, we also spotted an opportunity to enter the world of sim racing with karting challenges,” explains Mark Harrison, Head Of Commercial Operations at Praga Cars. “We developed this idea hand-in-hand with 27Racers, one of the most influential online racing communities at the moment, to be a safe and fun community for kart racing on the web, regardless of skill level, budget or location. At our first Praga Sim Racing game last Thursday (11th June) we were pleased to see an instant response – go-kart throttle-like, in fact!”
Being inclusive, friendly and accessible is the main aim of Praga and 27Racers’ sim racing campaign. All levels of experience will be welcomed and championed. They want to reflect the fact that go-karts cover a multitude of sporting and recreational uses and this also reflects the sim-racing world. For some, esports might be their first step into the world of motor racing and if you sign up it might just be your chance to get behind the wheel of a real race-car.
“Karting is an untapped corner of sim racing,” explains Nick Trott, Co-Founder of 27Racers. “A number of games feature go-karts, but for some reason the racing doesn’t get the attention it deserves. We’ve decided to change that, with the support of Praga, and aim to bring a sim racing community together around karting across as many games, consoles and PC-based events as possible. The racing is truly spectacular, and if the first event was anything to go by we have some really incredible drivers out there who will no doubt be even more motivated now the prize to experience an R1 is on offer.”
To receive information on future races and to enter, sign up at www.27Racers.com and opt-in to ‘Praga’. Also follow @27racers on Twitter for up-to-date reports, and the new account @PragaSimRacing also on Twitter. Further information on the prize will be released over the coming weeks.
Will you be taking on the challenge? We’d love to give it a go and we might just be dusting off that Playstation controller as we speak!