Virtual racers to take centre stage

Yoong (standing) demonstrating the virtual car racing simulator to Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim (sitting) during the launch of eRacing Grand Prix SEA at Sunway Velocity Mall.

KUALA Lumpur will host the first eRacing Grand Prix SEA next month, which aims to help virtual racers develop their potential into becoming stars in motor racing.

When eRacing made its Grand Prix debut in Hong Kong last year, it inspired Alex Yoong, the founder of Axle Motorsport, to bring this branch of motor racing to this region and develop a regional eRacing championship with the objective of transforming virtual racers into real-life motor sport champions.

Embodying Yoong’s drive and passion for the sport, Axle Motorsport provides progressive avenues to the motor sport industry. It consists of key management team and staff that have developed a full range of expertise in managing and operating manufacturers and private motor sport programmes, and the development of motor sports series locally and regionally.

“eRacing Grand Prix SEA is the best platform for virtual racers to prove that gamers can establish themselves in real-life motor sport successfully,” said Yoong.

Virtual racers who have access to Playstation can develop their skills to be professional racing drivers.

The top 40 contestants will have access to professional driver coaches where they will be trained to become real race car drivers.

(From left) Yoong, Sim and Sony Interactive Entertainment Singapore public relations head Ian Purnomo at a press conference.
(From left) Yoong, Sim and Sony Interactive Entertainment Singapore public relations head Ian Purnomo at a press conference.  

“The rise of eSports in this region is regarded as the best opportunity for the growth of eRacing.

“For the record, eSports has become a significant face of the video game industry, with a demonstration event held during the Asian Games.

“I hope this will help it to transition from being known as a video game to a sport,” added Yoong.

Axle Motorsport also provides strategic partnerships in South-East Asia to help the eRacing industry with the correct career progression from gaming to tangible motor sport.

This is also a South-East Asian-wide initiative where it helps to support the drivers’ array of talents to become future stars in the motor sport industry.

The first Grand Prix will be held in Malaysia before heading to the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.

The winner of each country stop will be trained and offered a spot in Formula 4 South-East Asia Championship (F4SEA) as the first step before making their way to becoming a professional race car driver.

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