You might be missing your usual touge route or even driving your favourite four-wheeled machine more than 10km this lockdown but guess what? That’s not about to change any time soon because this lockdown will likely be extended.
If your hands are shaky and that heel-toe movement’s starting to resemble spaghetti, it’s probably withdrawal symptoms from driving. How do you address that fix of adrenaline behind the wheel (pun intended)?
Well, it’s got to be a virtual one for now and one way to do so whilst standing a chance to win some prizes for your actual car is the Michelin Virtual Racing Series 2021 that’s flagged off today.
Michelin already possesses a solid virtual foundation in e-sports. It’s the official partner of competitions such as the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, the MotoGP eSport Championship and many others as well as being the official partner of the first-ever Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual last year that simulated the classic endurance race down to real-life weather and tyre strategies over a 24-hour period.
Michelin will now be running its own racing series in Malaysia via the driving simulation game but solely on the PlayStation 4 platform. For those of you that’ve mastered steering with the keyboard on your PC, give us a ring and we’ll direct you to the nearest shoulder to cry on.
Starting today and spanning the months of June and July 2021, you can put yourself in the running for some prizes.
Spanning three phases over the next six weeks, it’ll start with time-trial submissions from now until 27 June 2021 via Gran Turismo Sport. You’ll have to pilot a BMW M6 GT3 M Power on medium racing Michelin rubbers at the Sardegna Road Track A II configuration.
Here’s a little about the circuit’s layout according to the GT Sport site:
Total Length: 5,113m
Total elevation difference: 38m
Longest straight: 915m
"A new road course has been added featuring the island of Sardegna, one of a number of Italian resorts surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Using closed off sections of public roads, this is a high-speed technical street course that features both long full-throttle straights and tight corners. In particular, the ups and downs of the latter half of the course and the diminishing road width allow for some real high-stakes, up to the guard rail racing."
From there, the top 94 participants will move into the Verification Sessions that’ll take place from 30 June to 6 July 2021.
Finally, we arrive at the hotly anticipated Tournament round that pits participants in head-to-head, or some virtual door-to-door, battles. This’ll be held over the last two weekends of the six weeks; 10-11 July as well as 17-18 July 2021, until there is only one left. The final round will be livestreamed on the Michelin Malaysia Facebook page.
To register and to learn more about the Michelin Virtual Racing Series 2021, click here or check out their Facebook page here.