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#1 dweller23

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 09:33

Given that we can already see some "rewatch party" threads to ensure that people over here can watch some racing for fun I thought I'd create a thread for sharing info about some upcoming esports events. There are two events that will take place today to fill the gap left by various series cancelling their races.

 

Race number 1:

Name: "The Race All-Star esports Battle - Australian F1 GP alternative event"

Link to livestream:

Time of start: 1:50PM CET

Entry list consists of professional drivers (e.g. Max Verstappen, Simon Pagenaud), professional esport drivers (e.g. Brandon Leigh) and professional streamers/youtubers (e.g. Jimmy Broadbent), list is being updated all the time, so there may be changes in lineup

 

 

Race number 2:

Name: “Not the AUS GP”

Link to livestream:

Time of start: 5:45PM GMT

Entry list consists of professional drivers (e.g. Lando Norris, Jean Eric Vergne), professional esport drivers (e.g. Dani Bereznay) and professional streamers/youtubers (e.g. Tiametmarduk, Aarava), list is being updated all the time, so there may be changes in lineup


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#2 thegamer23

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 10:55

Good thing they're using rFactor 2 for the main one!

Much more realism, we'll have a proper race! 



#3 Gambelli

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 11:02

Excellent!  Might stay up and watch it!



#4 midgrid

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 14:37

There will be two further "The Race"-organised events next Sunday, one for real racers and one for e-racers. Just confirmed on the current event's commentary.

#5 dweller23

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 19:00

Another race today, this time with Nascar drivers:  The Replacements 100 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

 

Broadcast starting right about now: https://www.twitch.tv/podiumesports



#6 Gambelli

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 11:13

Thanks for sharing these, guys!


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#7 maximilian

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 13:57

The production value of the eNASCAR race is pretty amazing, but the crashes and yellows are just as annoying as the real thing.



#8 jee

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 14:39

The production value of the eNASCAR race is pretty amazing, but the crashes and yellows are just as annoying as the real thing.

The drivers need to get used to each other and also need to get comfortable racing. When you look at the races from the pro series with the best drivers they're a lot better and cleaner.

 

I also heard that IMSA and IndyCar are trying to set up virtual races with their drivers.



#9 ARTGP

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 20:09

https://www.youtube....WVT0Usc&fbclid=

 

 

Live now on iRacing with star drivers like Lando Norris(F1), Max VErstappen (F1), Bruno Spengler (IMSA/WEC), Nicky Catsburg (IMSA/WEC), Felix Da Costa (FE), Juncadella (FE), Nicki Thiim, Kelvin Van der Linde etc. Big grid on iRacing.

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE car at Daytona.


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#10 Myrvold

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 20:25

And we just got a good example of IRL drivers in simracing :cat:


Edited by Myrvold, 17 March 2020 - 20:25.


#11 ARTGP

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 20:36

And we just got a good example of IRL drivers in simracing :cat:

 

 

Norris wiping out Verstappen on the straight was  :eek:  and hilarious  :lol:



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 08:48

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#13 krapmeister

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 09:16

Details are still to be finalised but Supercars have announced that they will organise a sim racing series for the drivers while the regular series has been postponed for 3 months due to Covid-19. The eSeries will be able to be viewed via online, streaming and cable TV means.

https://www.speedcaf...online-eseries/

Edited by krapmeister, 18 March 2020 - 09:16.


#14 jee

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 11:46

Also VLN is launching a series:

https://www.vln.de/e...ason-virtually/



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 12:00

The iRacing online broadcast was amazing. 

 

Good commentary, netcode looked pretty decent and a lot of close fights and good racing.

 

But WTF was Norris doing?! Is there a replay from his Twitch account?? Wondering what he said when he rammed Max of  :rotfl:



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Posted 18 March 2020 - 12:29

Here you go! Link to his Twitch and moment he wiped out Max.

He was joking around all night, crashing other guys. Reason why his safety is that low.

 

https://www.twitch.t...933?t=01h12m28s



#17 Requiem84

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 12:36

Here you go! Link to his Twitch and moment he wiped out Max.

He was joking around all night, crashing other guys. Reason why his safety is that low.

 

https://www.twitch.t...933?t=01h12m28s

 

That was just plain stupid :)

 


 



#18 ANF

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 19:55

Here you go! Link to his Twitch and moment he wiped out Max.
He was joking around all night, crashing other guys. Reason why his safety is that low.
 
https://www.twitch.t...933?t=01h12m28s

Just like the finish of the Daytona 500.

#19 ARTGP

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 23:28

IMSA Super Sebring simracing replacement on iRacing this weekend. It will be a 90 minute sprint race with GTLM/GTE cars (BMW M8, Ford GT, Porsche 911 RSR, Ferrari 488)

 

https://sportscar365...-iracing-event/



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#20 Marklar

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 07:22

According to bild F1 is planning to host a race too, though it's unlikely that everyone will take part.

#21 Requiem84

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 08:27

According to bild F1 is planning to host a race too, though it's unlikely that everyone will take part.

 

Which game will they be using? I guess the official F1 game (which sucks). I'd much prefer an iRacing online game with proper commentary and good netcode and physics. 



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Posted 19 March 2020 - 08:39

Indy Car is also going to announce very soon, I heard today.


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#23 PedroDiCasttro

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 13:30

All of them should use iRacing in their events, really. No other game out there can compete in terms of overall simulation, including the driving and streaming models. Some other games are prettier and that's it.

 

I'm not interested in seeing real drivers compete in arcade sims such as the official F1 game.



#24 Alfisti

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 14:32

i play Gran Turismo Sport and i have to say watching the top guys battle it out in Nations Cup is outstanding viewing. 



#25 maximilian

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 02:43

Live now https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

 

2020 Lionheart Retro Series | Round 1 | DMLC Racing Channel Grand Prix of Miami, apparently featuring Sage Karam and Richie Hearn.


Edited by maximilian, 20 March 2020 - 02:53.


#26 Marklar

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:38

Which game will they be using? I guess the official F1 game (which sucks). I'd much prefer an iRacing online game with proper commentary and good netcode and physics.

now confirmed, and it's Codemasters, ye

https://corp.formula...ostponed-races/

#27 Requiem84

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:55

:(

#28 balage06

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:19

All of them should use iRacing in their events, really. 

 

I can't stand iRacing for this exact reason, it's 90% elitism and 10% actual value.


Edited by balage06, 20 March 2020 - 12:23.


#29 OSX

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:35

F1 Reveals Virtual GP Series to Replace Postponed Races
20 March 2020

 

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Formula 1 is to run a series of Esports Virtual Grands Prix this year, featuring a number of the current drivers, in place of the upcoming postponed races.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 season has been put on indefinite hold after the Australian and Monaco Grands Prix were cancelled, while the races in Bahrain, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Spain has been postponed.

To fill the void left by this, F1 series bosses have created an F1 Esports series as an alternative.

More: Autosport.com



#30 Requiem84

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:41

Really??!

 

Due to the varying levels of skills between regular players and F1 drivers, there will be fixed setups and equal car performance – plus reduced vehicle damage. Anti-lock brakes and traction control will also be an option for those who want it.


#31 Gambelli

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:48

Still glad they are doing it, though a more sim based platform would have been better.

 

I wonder how many of the current F1 field will enter? I think if they can get over half it would be a good effort, though I don't think they will

 

The other interesting thing is there will be some minor sponsor conflict with using last years cars/liveries, I thought they may have got codemasters to rush through a patch to update to this seasons liveries at the very least...



#32 maximilian

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:49

Really??!

 

True, otherwise the F1 drivers wouldn't have much of a chance against the seasoned gamers.   ;)



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:50

True, otherwise the F1 drivers wouldn't have much of a chance against the seasoned gamers.   ;)

 

Norris and Verstappen are among the fastest simracers... 

 

Which other drivers are also good simracers? And which ones are not (problaby Kimi  :rotfl: )



#34 w1Y

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 12:57

This is cool thing to do considering the circumstances

#35 Piif

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 13:00

Well it's not like the senior drivers are going to participate so...



#36 Marklar

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 13:09

Well it's not like the senior drivers are going to participate so...

some will.

Latifi is already confirmed. I reckon Verstappen and Norris will too. Drivers like Sainz, Bottas and Gasly do sim racing here and there too AFAIK.

Though of course the majority wont. Many dont like sim racing, dont even have the kit for it at home, and if everyone competes some people will overstate the meaning of the results too (e.g. "Look how Driver X competes when everyone has equal cars!!!!11111")



#37 PedroDiCasttro

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 13:13

The official F1 game doesn't require a wheel to drive, you can very well use a controller (Courtois did last weekend) and do similar or even better than a wheel user.

 

For those that haven't played the game, grab a demo or something like that and you will know what I mean, it's very arcadey.



#38 JHSingo

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 13:15

Really??!

Oh for goodness sake, it's a GAME. F1 themselves say this is purely for entertainment, so what does it really matter?

 

This is why I rarely bother watching "sim racing" in the first place - people just take it waaaay too seriously, and end up taking all the fun out of it. It reminds me of those kids in PE lessons at school that used to treat football like it was the effing World Cup Final.


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#39 maximilian

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 13:23

Live now https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

 

2020 Lionheart Retro Series | Round 1 | DMLC Racing Channel Grand Prix of Miami, apparently featuring Sage Karam and Richie Hearn.

 

Follow up to this one... it was a FUN race to watch!  Sage Karam took the lead after several dramatic events unfolded, including the leader getting tripped up by a backmarker.  Sage then lost 2 laps with some sort of pit stop mishap that apparently kept him from being able to take on fuel for a while (didn't know this kind of thing happens in sim racing), plus he got a speeding penalty.  He'd finish 2 laps down.  By far the most entertaining setup I've seen so far.



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#40 thegamer23

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 14:08

Well, this is going to be the biggest Streaming Gaming event ever
Broadcasted on the F1 YouTube Channel + Twitch. 

Hopefully many F1 drivers will accept the invite. F1 asked them all to participate. (can't see the likes of Vettel or Raikkonen joining tho :lol: )

 

It will go on to replace the cancelled F1 events till it resumes later this year. 

 

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Edited by thegamer23, 20 March 2020 - 14:10.


#41 Anja

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 14:32

Alpha Tauri, Racing Point, and Haas already confirmed their drivers won't be there. 



#42 maximilian

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 14:34

Alpha Tauri, Racing Point, and Haas already confirmed their drivers won't be there. 

 

Pfffft, nice going.  What the hell else do they have to do right now?

 

For once they'd have a chance to actually win something!  :lol:  :lol:


Edited by maximilian, 20 March 2020 - 14:35.


#43 BuddyHolly

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 14:35

I think it's great they are doing this but I find virtual racing duller than dishwater so I'll pass but good on them for doing something for people to watch!



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 14:36

Pfffft, nice going.  What the hell else do they have to do right now?

 

Whatever they like. Not everyone's into gaming.



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 14:53

Whatever they like. Not everyone's into gaming.

 

Actually, Sergio Perez is going to try and one credit Mushihimesama Futari Black Label God Mode this weekend*, so he won't have time.

 

*This might be a lie.



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 14:55

Oh for goodness sake, it's a GAME. F1 themselves say this is purely for entertainment, so what does it really matter?

 

This is why I rarely bother watching "sim racing" in the first place - people just take it waaaay too seriously, and end up taking all the fun out of it. It reminds me of those kids in PE lessons at school that used to treat football like it was the effing World Cup Final.

 

It's exactly as you say it is, F1 2019 is a game. 

 

There are also simulations. I tried F1 2019, I tried Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2 and iRacing. The latter 3 have so much more depth and feel than F1 2019. It's still not the real thing, but really.. it's so much closer! 

 

But since we are going for F1 2019, why not immediately turn on auto braking, the ideal line and stability control? I'm sure my mum can then also join in. 



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 15:13

It's exactly as you say it is, F1 2019 is a game. 

 

There are also simulations. I tried F1 2019, I tried Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2 and iRacing. The latter 3 have so much more depth and feel than F1 2019. It's still not the real thing, but really.. it's so much closer! 

 

But since we are going for F1 2019, why not immediately turn on auto braking, the ideal line and stability control? I'm sure my mum can then also join in. 

Shock horror, sport league wishes to use their official licensed game for purpose of online racing, who'd have thought it? :lol:

 

Seriously, I don't get why in this instance it's so important that it has to be a "simulation". We know these guys can race at the very highest level, they don't need to prove anything. And again, this is for ENTERTAINMENT purposes. There's nothing at stake.

 

As for people who complain about F1 2019 (or any other Codies F1 game) being "arcade" - you do realise these companies want their games to be accessible to everyone, right? And not just the seldom few who have the patience to spend hours of their time getting the perfect car set up. I just roll my eyes whenever anyone complains about a racing game being arcade, because it screams snobbery.



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 15:32

Shock horror, sport league wishes to use their official licensed game for purpose of online racing, who'd have thought it? :lol:

 

Seriously, I don't get why in this instance it's so important that it has to be a "simulation". We know these guys can race at the very highest level, they don't need to prove anything. And again, this is for ENTERTAINMENT purposes. There's nothing at stake.

 

As for people who complain about F1 2019 (or any other Codies F1 game) being "arcade" - you do realise these companies want their games to be accessible to everyone, right? And not just the seldom few who have the patience to spend hours of their time getting the perfect car set up. I just roll my eyes whenever anyone complains about a racing game being arcade, because it screams snobbery.

 

We might as well let them play FIFA, right? Because that's just another game. 

 

It's much more rewarding when I see them play a simulation, because it's closer to the real thing. If there is ABS and TC, you can play it like Need For Speed. Point the steering wheel (or controller...), full throttle, full brake, point again.

 

I appreciate F1 2019 for accessibility actually, especially with controller. 

 

Regarding snobbery, I fully agree again. But I also think you have no idea about the actual difference of simulations and games like F1 2019.  



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Posted 20 March 2020 - 16:09

There are also simulations. I tried F1 2019, I tried Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2 and iRacing. The latter 3 have so much more depth and feel than F1 2019. It's still not the real thing, but really.. it's so much closer! 

 

I was one of those who jumped on the free period of F1 2019, and while I guess I am one of those "sim-people" I really liked it. While the physics are a bit.. let's call them simplified for accessibility. Driving with zero assists a wheel and manual ERS is actually quite immersive. Also the basics are present in the game, you can easily use "sim-knowledge" or real-life knowledge and it works, and sticks immediately in F1 2019 as well.
After the first race in Australia I was surprisingly warm, as it was a lot to take care of while driving. It also helps that the AI is on the better end of racing-games AI. I ended up buying the game.

 

Not that I'll play it the coming days anyway, Football Manager 2020 is on a free period now, and RaceRoom got everything open for free for everyone as well :love:


Edited by Myrvold, 20 March 2020 - 16:10.


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 16:34

I think it's great they are doing this but I find virtual racing duller than dishwater so I'll pass but good on them for doing something for people to watch!


Me too Buddy

I gave the first one a chance last Sunday.
After one round I felt the cleanliness of my kitchen floor was more engrossing , therefore I mopped it.

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