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Sim Racing to Support BBC Children in Need

An ongoing sim racing contest will see gamers battle it out for the chance to represent sim racing live on BBC Children in Need this year. Here’s all you need to know.


Every year, the BBC hosts a charity event raising money for underprivileged children both in the UK and around the world. Children in Need is annually one of the biggest telethons in the country and frequently raises millions for various charities.

This year, the live TV programme at the centre of it all takes place on 10 November and will see celebrities from across the UK come together with the aim of raising money. Hosting activities, performances and features, it is sure to be an entertaining evening. But for gamers, this year will be a special one featuring several gaming competitions – one of which is in the world of sim racing. On 10 November, during the live show, several of the best sim racers in the country will compete on National Television in F1 23.

How to Enter the CiN Sim Racing Contest

Starting from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the BBC and HeyCar have been teaming up at select motorsport events around the country to organise hot lapping competitions in F1 23. Fans that attended the Silverstone race will have seen the HeyCar booth. There, one could set a lap time entering themselves into the competition.

BBC Children in Need will see gamers racing at Silverstone in F1 23. Image credit: Codemasters / EA

The hot lapping contest most recently visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Once again, those attending the event were able to set a lap time around the Silverstone circuit in F1 23.

Next month, one final opportunity will arise for fans to join the contest. From 25 to 27 of August, HeyCar and Children in Need will have sim racing setups at Carfest. This celebration of the automotive industry in Hampshire will be the final chance to set a Silverstone laptime and enter the competition.

After Carfest, the fastest 50 racers will enter a ballot. A select number will move forward to the live racing event during the Children in Need show. Yes, those watching from home will be treated to a sim race on live national television. A lucky few will even get to take part and potentially win on said national TV. With such large audiences, this can only be a good thing for the world of online racing.

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Passionate about motorsport, simracing is my perfect escape, a way of forgetting the world around me and pretending to be battling out on-track. Writing has always been a love of mine and when I am sharing my passion with the wider world, I am truly happy.