Few motorsport fans are given the chance to drive a full-blown racing car, but sim racer Graham Carroll did just that in Marrakesh.
He won the Long Beach round of Road to Vegas Challenge, an eSports competition to find 10 sim racers to compete against the 20 Formula E drivers in a million-dollar eRace in (you guessed it) Las Vegas.
Formula E has quickly got involved in the whole eSports scene and the Vegas competition – which uses rFactor software – has high stakes, with a huge prize fund for the winner.
Carroll took victory in the Long Beach round of the challenge and was awarded the chance to try out the Spark SRT_01E test car over the Marrakesh ePrix weekend.
Clearly it was a trip to remember as he lapped the Circuit Moulay El Hassan at the wheel of the all-electric single-seater, but Carroll is actually quite familiar with race cars.
He won the Scottish Formula Ford title in 2007 and won several national championships before a lack of budget cut his stint in racing short, so he switched to sim racing.
However, he did return to racing in 2015 and won the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy – which he believes was thanks to his extensive sim racer experience.
With the way the Road to Vegas competition works, Carroll will secure a place in the final in Vegas (and a guarantee of $20,000 prize fund at the least) if he wins the next round in Berlin.