Mazda MX-5 at Brands Hatch in Assetto Corsa

Jimmy Broadbent’s Competition for Real Life Drive

Founder of Team 87, Jimmy Broadbent has launched a simracing competition in the aim of finding a team of drivers to race his Praga race car. The championship takes place on and leads to a final shootout in real-life go-karts.

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During a live stream on Friday night, Jimmy Broadbent finally revealed information on his upcoming simracing competition. In the search for a crew to drive his Praga R1 racer, the popular simracing influencer will hold an online knockout-style competition. The final goal being to give a trio of simracers a path into real motorsport.

Simracing has long been the passtime of motorsport fans lacking the funds for the real thing. But, titles are becoming more and more realistic and many high-profile sim racers have made the step to motorsport. As such, an online competition to find the next Team 87 drivers makes perfect sense.

The chance to not only make the step into motorsport, but also to race for Jimmy Broadbent himself.

Jimmy Broadbent, Team 87 Competition Details

The competition itself will take place on over the next two months. Six rounds visiting various British circuits will see racers go head-to-head in the Assetto Corsa Mazda MX-5 Cup car.

After each round, only a certain percentage of drivers will go through to the next race. For Round 1, the bottom 50% of racers will drop out of the championship. After the Team 87 contest’s online portion, the top 12 will enter the final, real-world shootout.

Bringing the competition into the light of day, the final assessment will take place in go-karts at Buckmore Park. It is here that the organisers will decide which three drivers will enter the Club 100 championship under the Team 87 name. In fact, the British amateur go-karting championship is where the three drivers will compete in 2023.

The competition’s final winner will be joined by two further drivers. They will be selected by a panel of judges based on their attitude and decision making abilities throughout the six-round tournament.

Although a Club100 kart drive is what’s on offer, Team 87’s release mentions the possibility of other opportunities. As the organisers state, this is the first of many steps in the drivers’ path to motorsport.

To enter the series, one must first and foremost be a UK Resident and have a driver’s license. Furthermore, professional esports or real-world racers aren’t eligible, nor are minors. As long as you meet these rather relaxed criteria, you’re free to enter the first round of the series starting 22 March.

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A petrol head and motorsports fan since the early days, sim racing has been a passion of mine for a number of years. The perfect way to immerse myself in my true dream job; racing driver. With lots of experience jotting down words about the car industry, I am happy to share my passion for pretend race cars here on Overtake!