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  1. After a gruelling qualifying phase, four talented sim racers go head to head for the title of eROC 2022 champion, and a place in the actual ROC Nations Cup against some of the world's greatest drivers. Reigning F1 Esports world champion Jarno Opmeer will face defending eROC champion James Baldwin, F1 Esports frontrunner Lucas Blakeley and Swedish finalist Martin Palm. Watch the finals live from Pite Havsbad, Sweden!
  2. EROC LAUNCHES WITH INVITATIONAL LIVE STREAM AHEAD OF GLOBAL SEARCH FOR ROC MEXICO GAMERS Many of the world’s best simracers will take part in an eROC Invitational Live Stream on Wednesday 5 December at 2200 UTC, with a place at January’s ROC Mexico up for grabs The winner will fly to Mexico to race in the eROC Final, competing for a rare chance to take part in the ROC Nations Cup for Team Sim Racing All Stars The victorious simracers will then get to race in identical supercars on a real track against drivers from F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans and Rally X, with the winner decided by driver skill alone Even better, you could join them at ROC Mexico – as the competition will be thrown open to the whole world in December, with entries invited from any gamer ready to show the rest of the planet what they can do ROC Mexico will be held on January 19-20, 2019 at the Foro Sol, the iconic amphitheatre forming part of Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit, where race fans will have a perfect view from every seat Following the huge success of the inaugural eROC Final earlier this year in Riyadh, the race is on to find the latest simracing stars ready to show their skills on a real track against some of the world’s greatest drivers. Click here to see a video showing what eROC is all about… On Wednesday 5 December at 2200 UTC many of the best simracers on the planet will do battle in the eROC Invitational Live Stream. This online tournament, which will be streamed live on the Race Of Champions Facebook and YouTube pages, has an incredible prize on offer: a ticket to the eROC Final on January 19-20 at the Foro Sol, the iconic stadium section of Mexico City’s Formula 1 track. The eROC Champion will then earn the unique chance to race in real cars against many of the world’s greatest drivers in the ROC Nations Cup. There will be 16 drivers in action on Wednesday, specially invited by ROC and drawn from the cream of the world’s simracers – including iRacing RallyX and GRC driver Mitchell deJong, Forza World Champion Aurélien ‘G2_Laige’ Mallet, WRC eSports Champion Jon Armstrong and the rFactor Formula Sim Racing Champion Michele D’Alessandro plus drivers from Sauber Esports, Williams and McLaren Shadow. The gamers will compete online from the comfort of their own homes, everywhere from Brazil to Bahrain to Singapore. The format will mirror the Race Of Champions with a knockout system leading to a Grand Final. The winner will fly to Mexico to be one of four competitors in January’s eROC Final – and earn the chance to seal their place on Team Sim Racing All Stars in the ROC Nations Cup. The victorious simracers will then race a ROC Mexico field that already features F1 legends Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard, ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen, World Rally X Champion Johan Kristoffersson, Mexican racers Memo Rojas, Daniel Suárez, Benito Guerra and Patricio O’Ward plus F3 European Champion Mick Schumacher. But there is another place at ROC Mexico up for grabs, and the winner could be you! After Wednesday’s event, eROC is launching a worldwide search to find another ace simracer to join the legends in Mexico. If you think you have what it takes to compete against the world’s best simracers – not to mention the world’s greatest drivers – this is your chance to prove it. Sign up at www.raceofchampions.com to join a qualifying event that will take place throughout December, with the top 32 going head-to-head in an online final a week before ROC Mexico itself. The winner will earn themselves a ticket to Mexico with a chance to become the next eROC Champion… Regardless of skill level, everyone who enters eROC has a chance of winning unique driving experiences at the ROC Academy and the Race Of Champions, including co-drives with some of the world’s best drivers as they race in the actual competition. Italy’s Enzo Bonito (pictured below) won the first ever eROC competition earlier this year in Riyadh after seeing off some of the world’s fastest gamers. The action took place both in the virtual world of Assetto Corsa and in real-life ROC Cars on the track – after ROC Academy training by stunt legend Terry Grant. Part of the challenge involved setting a lap with some of the world’s best drivers judging them on a range of criteria including track awareness and positioning, car control and outright pace. In the end, Team Sim Racing All Stars were the revelations of the ROC Nations Cup, as Bonito’s partner Rudy van Buren won two of his heats, seeing off 2019 McLaren driver Lando Norris and F3 ace Joel Eriksson along the way. ROC President Fredrik Johnsson said: “We were thrilled with how well the first ever eROC went earlier this year in Riyadh – and how amazingly well the simracers could transfer their skills from the simulator to the real track. Now we know it can be done, we want to find the next big star, starting with Wednesday’s eROC Invitational Live Stream featuring many of the world’s best simracers. “We hope you enjoy watching the action, wherever you live. Then we are opening up eROC to everyone anywhere in the world in December. Everyone on Earth will have the chance to compete – and if you’re good enough, you could find yourself racing at ROC Mexico against some of the world’s best drivers in identical cars…” The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which has a history dating back over 30 years. It brings together many of the world’s greatest drivers from motorsport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans and RallyX – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. The Foro Sol will join a list of prestigious venues to have hosted ROC since 1988 – including Beijing’s Bird’s Nest and London’s Olympic stadiums, Stade de France in Paris, Wembley Stadium in London, Miami’s Marlins Park plus a wide range of exotic locations all over the world from Bangkok to Barbados to Riyadh. The event enjoys a rich record of attracting global superstars from every corner of motorsport. Formula 1 World Champions Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have raced against NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Busch brothers Kyle and Kurt, IndyCar’s Juan Pablo Montoya and Ryan Hunter-Reay, World Rally greats Sébastien Loeb, Sébastien Ogier and Colin McRae, as well as prominent figures from other classes including record Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, X Games legend Travis Pastrana plus MotoGP icons Mick Doohan, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Now the greats of Mexican motorsport have the chance to race some of the world’s best drivers – all in ROC’s identical machinery. The competitors will take to the track in a stunning range of supercars that have been specially prepared for ROC to push them to the absolute limit. To prevail, they will have to master this mix of machines, forcing them to adapt their driving style as they make regular switches between cars and putting all their hard-earned skills to the test. It makes for a thrilling spectacle, with head-to-head races often decided by fractions of a second – as the screams of the crowd compete for supremacy with the screams of the engines… The Race Of Champions is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on Saturday January 19) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality – including the hosts Mexico – to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on Sunday January 20 it’s time for the Race Of Champions itself, when teamwork goes out of the window and it’s a flat-out battle for individual glory. But that’s not all. The Race Of Champions is a non-stop show from start to finish and also features stunt shows on four wheels and two plus DJs, cheerleaders and plenty of other entertainment to keep the race fans on the edge of their seats. Ticket prices start at just $1,450 pesos for two days of non-stop action. Further details about the field of drivers will be announced in the run-up to January’s event.
  3. Il fine settimana appena trascorso ha visto calare il sipario sull'evento messicano della Race of Champions (semplicemente nota come ROC), con migliaia di messicani entusiasti del trionfo finale, contro ogni pronostico, del pilota di casa Benito Guerra. La ROC 2019 sarà però ricordata certamente anche per l'ennesima dimostrazione di quanto ormai il simracing sia vicino al motorsport reale, grazie alla straordinaria prestazione del nostro Enzo Bonito. Cosi come nel 2018, anche quest'anno gli organizzatori della ROC hanno pensato bene di invitare anche un team di simdrivers all'evento, schierandoli in pista contro grandi stelle del motorsport mondiale, come Vettel e Coulthard, per sfide in singolo ed in team. Il nostro Enzo, dopo il risultato già eccellente del 2018, era qualificato d'ufficio per la seconda fase direttamente sulla pista reale, ricavata all'interno dell'aria delle tribune del già noto tracciato messicano della Formula 1. I simdrivers giunti fino alle selezioni messicane si sono sfidati prima in una competizione virtuale, poi in una gara sulla pista vera con le KTM X-Bow. Il vincitore dell'evento "eROC" è risultato essere James Baldwin, con il più famoso connazionale britannico Brendon Leigh giunto secondo: James quindi si è unito a Bonito per formare il "Team Sim Racing All Stars". L'estrazione degli accoppiamenti per le sfide in pista ha portato il team virtuale a gareggiare contro il Team Brazil, di Helio Castroneves e Lucas di Grassi, ed il Team Mexico, di Daniel Suarez e Ruben Garcia Jr. Già nella prima sfida, al sabato, il nostro Enzo ha dimostrato subito il suo valore, battendo di ben 6 decimi l'ex pilota di F1 ed ora star in Formula E Lucas di Grassi, facendo fra l'altro segnare uno dei tempi più veloci dell'intero weekend ! Baldwin non è stato da meno, battendo di oltre 1 secondo Garcia. Purtroppo nelle altre sfide sono arrivate solo sconfitte per entrambe i piloti virtuali, anche se sempre di misura, ben figurando anche contro piloti reali di altissimo livello. Nell'evento individuale di domenica è però tornata a brillare la stella di Enzo Bonito, capitato in un gruppo molto difficile con l'attuale pilota F1 Pierre Gasly e l'ex F1, pilota Formula E ed IndyCar Esteban Gutierrez. Bonito è riuscito nell'impresa di battere il vincitore dell'Indy 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay, fra l'altro di oltre un secondo. Già nel 2018, le vittorie di Rudy van Buren, vincitore della McLaren "World's Fastest Gamer ", che aveva sconfitto Timo Bernhard e il pilota F1 2019 Lando Norris, avevano dimostrato che anche un pilota virtuale poteva essere considerato a tutti gli effetti un "pilota", ma in tanti avevano sussurrato che si trattava solo di un caso isolato, del resto Rudy aveva già avuto esperienze anche nel motorsport reale. Le prestazioni vincenti di Enzo e James hanno invece confermato nuovamente che il simracing deve essere considerato in modo serio, come serbatoio di talenti veri, almeno al pari del mondo del karting, con il vantaggio non da poco di costare molto ma molto meno, permettendo quindi ad un numero decisamente maggiore di appassionati di avere la possibilità di mettersi in mostra. Gli scettici potranno obiettare anche questa volta che, in ogni caso, anche Enzo Bonito ha avuto le sue esperienze formative sulla pista reale, in parallelo con i trionfi virtuali vestendo la casacca del ben noto team esport dei Redline. Verissimo, ma del resto un pilota completo, che sia virtuale o reale, non è solo identificabile con la capacità di sfruttare al meglio volante e pedali, ma si compone di un mix ampio e variegato di qualità, alcune proprie del pilota, altre che possono essere perfezionate con l'allenamento, la costanza e l'impegno. Enzo Bonito è probabilmente uno dei migliori esempi, nel panorama italiano, di miscela perfetta utile a formare il pilota vincente: ad un talento cristallino e fuori discussione, Enzo aggiunge una grande semplicità, umiltà e simpatia, una voglia di imparare ancora oggi immutata, costanza, applicazione straordinaria negli allenamenti ed al lavoro ed una concentrazione davvero fuori dal comune. E' l'insieme di tutti questi fattori a determinare il pilota vincente, reale o virtuale che sia. In conclusione, il messaggio che ci comunica indirettamente il nostro Enzo è molto semplice: il simracing, cosi come il karting per esempio, è solo un mezzo per raggiungere il sogno di tanti della pista vera, ma tutto il resto del lavoro da fare per entrare in un abitacolo reale dobbiamo farlo da soli, con la nostra volontà, pazienza, lavoro, abnegazione e tanto sudore. Grazie Enzo, siamo già pronti a fare nuovamente il tifo per te
  4. Oggi e domani, nello spettacolare scenario dell'anfiteatro del circuito del Messico di Formula 1, si disputano le finalissime della seconda edizione del torneo eROC, che prevede ancora una volta come premio la possibilità di scendere in pista con la vettura vera per sfidare i grandi campioni del motorsport. Come detentore del titolo, troveremo in azione nelle gare virtuali il nostro Enzo Bonito, per il quale ovviamente faremo tutti il tifo!
  5. Dopo averci mostrato un giro veloce fatto al simulatore (video più in basso), nel nuovo trailer che trovate qui sotto, Enzo Bonito ci racconta in quale modo il torneo eROC ha cambiato la sua vita!
  6. Brendon Leigh, ormai noto ragazzo inglese vincitore del primo torneo F1 eSports Championship, avrà la possibilità di partecipare ad un nuovo torneo eSport, dedicato questa volta alla Race of Champions, con l'opportunità questa volta di vincere addirittura la possibilità di andare in pista nella prestigiosa ROC con la vettura reale! Come potete leggere più in basso, la eROC si disputerà con Assetto Corsa. He’s dominated in the virtual world, but now recently-crowned F1 Esports World Champion Brendon Leigh is being given the chance to showcase his racing skills in a real-world motorsport competition - and it could see him go head-to-head with some big names from F1. The gaming ace, who saw off the competition from 19 of the world’s best sim racers to be crowned the inaugural F1 Esports champion in November’s Grand Final in Abu Dhabi, is set to take part in the first ever eRace of Champions in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of February. The new competition, which will run in parallel to the main Race of Champions event, will see Leigh face off against four other sim-racing specialists across a range of virtual and real-world challenges. The driver with the best combined time will be crowned eROC champion and win a place in the main Race of Champions event, which last year saw Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel go head-to-head with the likes of fellow Grand Prix winners Felipe Massa and Juan Pablo Montoya. “It was one of my first objectives - to get into real racing cars,” said Leigh. “I could never have imagined it would be at an event like this. I am excited but also nervous as it will be my first ever time in a real racing car. As F1 Esports champion, I'm aware that the spotlight will be on me.” Now in its 30th year, the Race of Champions will take place on February 2-3 in Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium. All-new eROC to offer gamers the chance to race some of the world’s greatest drivers Next month’s ROC Riyadh will bring together the best of the best from the real and virtual racing worlds in the first ever eRace Of Champions contest, created in association with Logitech G. McLaren World’s Fastest Gamer Rudy van Buren invited to race in the main ROC event as champion of the ‘virtual world’ Four more of the planet’s leading simracing specialists – including the first F1 esports champion Brendon Leigh – will also compete for a chance to race on track against some of the world’s greatest drivers The virtual racers will compete both on the new ROC track in racing game Assetto Corsa and in real ROC competition cars on the ROC Factor Skills Challenge Course and the main ROC Parallel Track The winners will win the chance to take on a stunning ROC field featuring F1 stars, Indy 500 winners, Le Mans legends and Rally X greats including David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tom Kristensen, Petter Solberg, Lando Norris, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves ROC Riyadh will take place at King Fahd International Stadium on February 2-3. For more info see www.raceofchampions.com The next Race Of Champions – to be held on February 2-3, 2018 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium – will feature a brand new competition for some of the world’s best gamers. The first ever eRace Of Champions – created in association with Logitech G – will offer five of the planet’s fastest simracing specialists the chance to compete in real cars against some of the world’s greatest drivers. The 2017 winner of the McLaren World’s Fastest Gamer Rudy van Buren (25) will be among the ‘Who’s Who’ of simracing specialists in action. He will be joined by 18-year-old Brendon Leigh, the first ever F1 esports champion, plus triple Project CARS World Champion Kevin Leaune (28), iRacing Blancpain GT3 Sprint champion and Multiple World Recordholder in Assetto Corsa and F1 2017 Enzo Bonito (22), and 2017 eWTCC Champion Alexander Dornieden (23). Van Buren has been invited to compete in the main Race Of Champions as the virtual world champion thanks to winning the World’s Fastest Gamer title. He will be joined by the winner of the first eRace Of Champions as they initially compete both on the new ROC track in Assetto Corsa and in real competition cars both on the ROC Factor Skills Challenge Course and the main ROC Parallel Track. The gamer with the best total time in both the virtual and real world contests will be crowned the first eROC Champion and compete alongside van Buren. The two gamers will race both in the ROC Nations Cup as ‘Team Simracing All Stars’ and in the individual Race Of Champions – with both events broadcast on live TV all over the world. The gamers will be competing against some of the greatest names in the history of motorsport – including Indianapolis 500 winner and F1 veteran Juan Pablo Montoya, who will defend the ROC Champion of Champions crown he won in Miami last year. Fellow Indy 500 winners Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be in action too, alongside reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden. ‘Mr Le Mans’ Tom Kristensen and double FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg will also race, as will 13-time F1 grand prix winner David Coulthard and newly crowned 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Champion Lando Norris. Van Buren said: “World’s Fastest Gamer is already opening doors I could not have possibly imagined. The job as simulator driver is just the tip of the iceberg. To be competing as the virtual champion against champions of the real world is a dream for me. 2018 is going to be an amazing year and the Race Of Champions is a great way to kick it off.” Kristian Tear, head of Logitech EMEA, added: “Logitech G has been involved in sim racing for 20 years with our steering wheels and pedals and is extremely proud to bring sim racing to this unique stage. eROC takes the development of the sport to new levels by offering the world’s best sim racers the chance to compete head to head against the greatest real world racers. This is the dream for many of our customers and the reason they race at home with our equipment.” The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which is now in its 30th year. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, IndyCar, Le Mans, World Rally and the X Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. In recent years ROC has visited some of the world’s best stadiums: the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012), Bushy Park Barbados (2014), London’s former Olympic Stadium (2015) and Miami’s Marlins Park (2017). Now the event is heading to the Middle East for the first time to soak up the heat of Riyadh. Saudi motorsport fans will have a chance to watch the speediest action the city has ever seen as many of the world’s greatest drivers push to the absolute limit on a specially-designed tarmac track winding its way around the confines of the King Fahd International Stadium. The Race Of Champions is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on Friday February 2) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality – including the hosts Saudi Arabia – to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on Saturday February 3 it’s time for the Race Of Champions itself, when teamwork goes out of the window and it’s a flat-out battle for individual glory. All the racing takes place in a stunning range of superfast cars. But that’s not all. The Race Of Champions is a non-stop show from start to finish and also features stunt shows on four wheels and two plus plenty of other entertainment to keep the race fans on the edge of their seats. ROC President Fredrik Johnsson said: “At the Race Of Champions we are always aiming to come up with new ideas and innovations – and this first ever eRace Of Champions promises to be a fantastic addition to the weekend’s action. “Simracing is getting huge all over the world and now some of the leading gamers will have the chance to prove their skills both in the real and the virtual racing world. I am delighted to have Rudy represent the virtual world as its champion and can’t wait to see who wins the eROC to also take on the world’s best drivers in identical competition cars on our unique ROC Parallel Track. It will be an incredible experience and fascinating for the rest of us to watch how they get on.”
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