Sim racing is becoming an increasingly popular hobby for F1 drivers and Verstappen is one of the main proponents, having made a few headlines in the virtual world over the off-season.
He’ll be spending his weekend ‘off’ by heading back to the sim to compete in the Fanatec Sebring 12 Hours for Team Redline, driving alongside countryman and sim racing ace Atze Kerhof.
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Our Team Redline entry to the rFactor2 @fanatec_official 12hr! Taking on this grueling race will be @maxverstappen1 & @atzekerkhof in the @orecagroup P2 and @rudyvanburen with guest driver Kevin van Dooren in the awesome BMW M8 GTE 💪💪😎 🇳🇱🇳🇱🇳🇱🇳🇱 Watch live Saturday!💪 F33l.gg @sim_lab_richard
Max will be going for outright honours in the LMP2 class and will not only have to deal with the 11 other cars in his category, but the 28 cars which make up the GTE and GT3 classes. Mind you, he’s had some recent experience of dealing with slower cars – he lapped the two Williamses a few times last weekend after all…
Other names taking part who you might recognise include McLaren simulator driver Rudy van Buren, sim racing Youtuber Jimmy Broadbent, and the guy who went to the Race of Champions and beat a former F1 driver, Enzo Bonito – as well as many other big names in sim racing. You can check out the complete entry list by clicking here.
Over €10,000 worth of prizes are on offer – the top three in each class will win Fanatec vouchers and cash, while the driver of the day will win a full-on Sim Lab TR1 Cockpit. It’s not only the drivers who’ll have a chance to win, though – every couple of hours there will be audience giveaways, ranging from Fanatec vouchers to the new Fanatec Podium direct drive wheel. How about that for a prize!?
Fanatec Sebring 12 hour race with a lot of big names! Make sure to tune in on saturday 11 am CET!@TeamRedlineSim @wtf1official pic.twitter.com/aFprMEsxr5
— Fanatec (@fanatec) March 21, 2019
The race itself gets underway at 11am CET (that’s 10am UK time) and will be streamed live on Twitch, the rFactor 2 Facebook page, and the Studio 397 YouTube channel.