Esports racing pro beats ex-Formula 1 driver on real-life track - Dexerto

Esports racing pro beats ex-Formula 1 driver on real-life track

Published: 20/Jan/2019 17:44 Updated: 13/May/2019 12:14

by Joshua Nino


An esports racing driver claimed a shock victory over a former Formula 1 driver in a real-life track race in Mexico.

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Enzo Bonito is a driver for Team Redline – one of the world’s biggest simulation racing teams – as well as Mclaren Shadow. 

Bonito took on Formula E and ex-Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi on the track in Mexico at the Race of Champions event. 

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The Race of Champions event pits current and legendary drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard from the world of Formula 1 against up-and-coming talents from the world of simulation and esports racing.


The Italian gamer and sim racer claimed victory after beating the Brazilian pro driver by over half a second – winning with a final time of 52.3885. Di Grassi finished with a time of 53.0576. 

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The world of esports racing is ever-growing, and while it may not reach the heights of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends of the Overwatch League anytime soon, interest continues to grow.

Back in December, German car manufacturer Porsche linked up with iRacing to launch a new league –  the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series. 40 competitors from around the world will race over 10 different weekends across 2019 for a shot at a $100,000 prize pool.