The Porsche Club of Great Britain and the Porsche Club of America will compete against each other in the first international Porsche Club Sim Race tomorrow. The ‘International Sim Racing Challenge’ takes place on the iRacing sim platform, with both clubs sending 50 of their best racers to two virtual courses, Silverstone and Road America in Wisconsin.
Porsche Club representatives from both countries came up with the idea for the transatlantic online competition at a meeting of club presidents in Portugal. A single make Porsche sim racing series is already in its second year in the US, with over 250 racers from most of the 145 countywide regions having participated.
"The Porsche Club of America launched the Sim Racing program because we wanted to extend the Porsche enthusiasm for the club to the digital area," says Vu Nguyen, Executive Director of the PCA. “The image quality is spectacular and the professional commentators bring so much realism to every aspect of the race. Even if you just watch, it’s as exciting as behind the wheel. And above all, Sim Racing gave us the opportunity to hold a fair, sporty competition within our international Porsche Club family.”
"We are extremely grateful that the PCA assisted us in establishing our Sim series," added Richard Baldelli, General Manager of the PCGB. "Sim racing is attracting more and more club members and I am convinced it will become an integral part of the event calendar and add another exciting facet to club membership.”
It’s hoped that the collaboration with PCA may encourage other Porsche Clubs around the world to follow suit. "The virtual events bring the international Porsche Club family closer together as a global community,” says Mandy Sear, Events Manager at PCGB. “We could drive Club Online races on Formula 1 circuits around the world and possibly host an international club championship.”
This first race will be broadcast live on YouTube and presented by British, American and Canadian commentators. Alongside the races there will also be interviews with key figures from the Porsche community including GB Club chair Edwina Pike, the President of the PCA, Tom Gorsuch and factory driver Patrick Long.
The first race takes place at Silverstone on 16 May at 9pm BST with the return leg scheduled for one week later at Road America on 23 May.