Over the years, many legendary names in the world of motorsport have entered esports racing. Well now, we have another one.
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A couple of years ago, the Brabham name rose from the ashes to return to the racing world. The original F1 team was founded by Sir Jack Brabham, who won the F1 world championship in 1959 and 1960 before forming his own outfit and winning it once again in 1966, becoming the only owner/driver to be world champion.
The team then went on to win three more driver’s titles until withdrawing from F1 at the end of 1992, a shell of its former self. But the name remained synonymous with racing and Sir Jack’s son David – who won the 2009 24 hours of Le Mans overall – revived the Brabham name. Well now, Brabham will be racing in the virtual world.
📍LAUNCH NEWS📍— Brabham (@BrabhamOfficial) March 8, 2022
New era beckons with the launch of the first Brabham Esports Team. Bringing 70 years of winning heritage and philosophy into the virtual racing world, the Brabham Esports Team will contest the ERL Spring Cup.
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Brabham’s first venture into virtual motorsport will be the VCO Esports Racing League. ERL is a continuation of the Esports Racing World Cup which was held at the end of January, in which sim racers would compete across three different racing sims; iRacing, rFactor 2 and Assetto Corsa Competizione.
The first event of the ERL Spring Cup takes place 9 March, and they’ll be partnering up with Zansho Simsport which also operates Rocket Simsport, the sim racing team of 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button.
To mark the start of their venture into esports racing, Brabham teamed up with Base Performance Simulators to develop some sims decked out in the colours of iconic Brabham cars. These colours also being raced on each of the three platforms in the ERL, with the ACC Mercedes AMG-GT3 using the green and gold from the BT19, the rFactor 2 Formula Pro in the BT46B’s red and blue and the Holden Supercar from iRacing using the white and dark blue from the BT52.
Having the Brabham name in esports racing further showcases the potential of racing in the virtual world. It’s also big news for the multi-platform VCO Esports Racing League that such a huge name chooses to make its first venture into esports racing through this series.
This is only the start of the Brabham name being seen in so many more virtual racing championships. Stay tuned to Brabham’s social media channels tomorrow 9 March to see which five drivers will be representing them in the ERL Spring Cup, the first round taking place on ACC in Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars.
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