Virtual GP are pleased to announce the race calendar for the BenQ Virtual GP 2017 season after the drivers for season 3 were announced earlier this week. In total, there are 12 races with firm favourites and classic race tracks featured, as Virtual GP goes global. The season will start in Italy (Imola) in February, and see the curtain fall at Suzuka, Japan in October.
On Saturday September 17 the first qualifying round was held for the third season of BenQ Virtual GP, as a part of Vodafone You Festival – an event full of stars from world of video games, YouTube, singers and athletes. Virtual GP used this occasion to open its own tent for the general public and visitors had a chance to try not just how difficult our simulators are, but also thanks to the virtual reality to sit in the Ferrari F1 car and drive around Italian circuit Imola using the VR headset Oculus Rift. And the latter was by far the biggest attraction and especially amongst children.
The second season of Virtual GP, sponsored for the first time by BenQ, was a very exciting and thrilling year until the very end. A lot has changed since the first season, a switch to a modern simulator Assetto Corsa, new steering wheels supplied by Thrustmaster and many other changes, which may not be so visible. All that just to make even better, faster and more interesting races and to give people a reason to become fans of virtual racing, and to become fans of our series.
On Saturday, 21st May, BenQ Virtual GP held its penultimate race of the season on a famous Japanese circuit Suzuka. It was a very dramatic race until the very last moments, but Michal Šmídl, driving for BigShock, didn’t let anyone to stop him from winning the race and thus securing the championship title. Despite he won for the sixth time in eleven races, it was far from easy for him this year. He had a big competitor in Jaroslav Honzík from Alza.cz, but after this race he’s already 37 points behind and his championship hopes are over.
What we have promised, is here! A big milestone for the whole Virtual GP project. Twelve episodes about the current BenQ Virtual GP will be broadcasted on free-to-air TV Sport 5 in the Czech Republic. Today we bring you an archive video of the first episode (CZ only) where we explain basics about the project and also a quick review of the first race of the season in Imola. This TV series will be especially for those who haven’t discovered the beauty of eSports and virtual racing yet and still are considering it as a fun for nerds who dedicate their life to a keyboard. So enjoy it and let us know what you think! There will be a new episode every week. And by the way, this is actually the first original eSports TV show ever to be broadcasted in the Czech Republic.
For this season we have decided to switch to very highly rated simulator Assetto Corsa. Obviously that had a huge impact on pretty much everything and especially on drivers, who suddenly faced a completely new and different challenge. Even some of the drivers never raced on simulator before. Of course a lot of people asked what drivers think about it so here are some thoughts.