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Porsche Supercup goes virtual

 Published 3rd April 2020
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Getting that hemmed in feeling? Wondering what it was like to drive your car? Missing that fix of adrenaline from the postponed motor racing season?

Yup, tick all those.

Well, those clever guys at Porsche have decided that if the Porsche Supercup can't be thrashed out on the circuit, it can be decided on-screen.

Because the Supercup is going virtual.

That's right: digital. Just like those virtual racing games.

So strap yourself in for the first round - a double header - which is taking place this weekend at the Spanish Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Or at least a digital rendition of the circuit.

The racers are not sim car stars but the racers from the Porsche Supercup (the real tarmac edition, in case you were getting confused….).

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition, to give the series its full name, has an impressive line-up of 31 drivers, including VIP drivers to add some spice. Watch out for Great Britain's Nick Tandy in the number 81 Porsche GB works car.

Oliver Schwab, who is project manager of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, and would normally be strolling around the pits by now told us:

"The Supercup is the pinnacle of Porsche's one-make cups. I'm delighted that we've managed to come up with a great alternative under the current circumstances with no real motor racing. We have a top-class field and I'm very excited to see who'll perform the best on a screen."

The great thing about the virtual series is that you can watch it on a screen in your home while you are under lockdown.

Tune into where the commentary will be provided by former Supercup driver and current Eurosport expert, Jan Seyffarth.

If you don't think they are being serious about this, then teams took part in a nine-hour test on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last week. The fastest time of the day was set by Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans, with the 23-year-old lapping the virtual circuit in a time of 1:47.738 minutes.

If you want to know more, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition utilises the iRacing simulation portal.

The Porsche Supercup timetable (4 April)

4.00pm - 4.15pm: Qualifying

4.20pm - 4.45pm: Race 1

4.50pm - 5.10pm: Warm-up

5.12pm - 5.37pm: Race 2

Timings are all CEST - so are one hour ahead of the UK.

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