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Esports Sim Racer Beats Ex-F1 Driver In Real Life Race

by : Ewan Moore on : 22 Jan 2019 10:23
Codemasters/Formula 1

Next time someone tries to tell you video games can’t you anything, just tell them all about the time that Esports racing champ Enzo Bonito beat a pro racing driver – in an actual, real life race. 

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The unbelievable scenes occurred during the recent Race of Champions in Mexico, an annual event that sees stars of the motorsport world get together, including Lucas Di Grassi, a former member of F1 team Virgin Racing, and currently a Formula E driver.

Bonito swapped out his digital wheels for real ones and took on Di Grassi in a quick race. Both racers smashed through two laps, but it was Bonito behind the wheel of a KTM X-Bows sports car who emerged victorious by half a second.

Clearly, spending endless hours playing super realistic racing sims worked in Bonito’s favour. There’s also the chance that Di Grassi underestimated his opponent’s abilities IRL, of course.

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Bonito’s victory can also be seen as a win for Esports as a whole. Despite the massive popularity of the pro gaming scene, there still seems to be a certain unwillingness among some to accept Esports as a “real” form of sport.

Hopefully the fact a pro simulation racer just beat an actual pro racer will go some way towards ending that particular view, but I tend to doubt it.

For Bonito, this is just another string to his already impressive bow. In addition to holding multiple world records, he’s also the Porsche E Carrera Cup champion and Iracing GT3 Season winner. Seriously, some people are just annoyingly good at everything.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn't gotten out of his mid 00's emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.

Topics: Gaming