With the clock ticking down until the lights go green for the first time in the 2018 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series, Team 'FA Racing G2 Logitech G' looks to steal some race wins from championship favourites.
Everybody knows that a lot of work and preparation goes into a race weekend, but just how much time and effort is put into preparing for an esports race weekend?
Team manager Danny Engels says that his drivers are "simply driving, lapping race stints together, looking into setups and creating possible race strategies while also preparing perfect [qualifying] laps. In the end you want to try and simulate race conditions so you are prepared when the lights go green on Saturday."
Engels goes on to say that his drivers "all have the potential to win races" and are "enjoying the attention and representing Fernando Alonso as well as a strong partner like Logitech G."
One of the team's drivers, Isaac Price, says that he is ready for a "tough challenge" against some of the most talented simulation drivers from around the world, but that he "will stick with it until [he] is where [he] wants to be."
Team manager Engels goes on to describe that the team "won't have the goal to win the championship overall" due to the highly demanding schedule of some of the team's drivers causing scheduling conflicts - including Sebastian Job, who will be taking part in Formula Ford UK, after winning the JMR Scholarship for a fully funded season.
Similarly, the demanding nature of being a simulation racing driver is reinforced by Engels, as he explains that another one of his drivers, Frederik Rasmussen, will be trying to qualify for the Grand Final of another esports racing series on Project Cars 2, just "minutes after finishing the Interlagos WCS race."
"All of our guys are handling a similar situation", Engels says, but despite not necessarily aiming to take the championship crown, he says that him and FA Racing G2 Logitech G want to "show sim racing that [they] actually have a few of the best single seat sim racers world wide."
The journey for the team to prove themselves as the best single seat sim racers in the world starts on Saturday, with round one of the championship taking place at Interlagos.
The race can be watched live at Facebook.com/iRacing from 2pm GMT.
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