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Tom Brooks, the ‘Voice of GT Sport’, Launches New YouTube Series

Since he first began commentating on GTPlanet’s live racing streams so many years ago, Tom Brooks has become known as the “voice of Gran Turismo Sport”, and you have almost certainly seen him on the FIA Gran Turismo Championship World Tour live streams.

Since then, he has branched off into some interesting side projects. Last year, he began documenting his experience restoring a 1972 Series 3 Jaguar E-Type Coupé here in our forums.

Now, he’s taking things a step further with the launch of a new YouTube series on his transition from a professional racing commentator to a competitive racing driver.

The series kicks off with a rallycross at Lydden Hill in the UK, with Tom getting behind the wheel of a Citroen C2. As you can probably tell from the video thumbnail, Tom ended up doing something that made him look bad.

You can follow the rest of Tom’s adventures on his YouTube channel. In the next episode, he’ll be meeting up with various industry experts to figure out how to make the next jump in his racing career.

Good luck, Tom — it looks like you’re going to need it!

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Here’s How to Watch All This Weekend’s Esports Action

Since most of the motorsports calendar has gone down the drain for 2020, esports has filled the gap. We’ve seen a number of series spring up — some official, some not — in the virtual world to grab the bored and quarantined eyes of the motorsports fan.

With real-life racing drivers mixing it with celebrities and well-known faces in the world of esports, the events have proved engaging. Viewers keep tuning in by the hundreds of thousands, with one even setting records on traditional broadcast television.

There’s so many series now it might be hard to keep track of them all, so here’s our handy guide to what to watch this weekend — and, more importantly how to watch it. We’ll post stream links as they become available, but in the meantime you can catch up on any previous action and view teaser videos below.

IndyCar iRacing Challenge

IndyCar kicks off the weekend’s esports with the iRacing Challenge. The first race will take place this weekend, with 25 professional IndyCar drivers — boasting nine championship titles and more than 100 race wins between them, and including current series champion Josef Newgarden — racing off at Watkins Glen.

It’s the first in a series of six races over the next six Saturdays, filling the drivers’ time while the real-world calendar is paused. IndyCar and iRacing will both broadcast the events, which you’ll be able to watch below from 2000 UTC on Saturday, March 28.

SRO Esports Charity Challenge

SRO, the governing body behind much of GT racing, has teamed up with Kunos Simulazione to run a two-hour long race program on Sunday, March 29. There’ll be three races across the evening, in Assetto Corsa Competizione, featuring real world drivers and ten ‘wild-card’ entries from a hot-lap contest within the game. Drivers include pros from the GT World Challenge and British GT Championship, along with virtual stars David Tonizza and Cody Latkovski.

The races will be for charity, with all competitors required to make a minimum €15 donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. GT World Challenge will stream the event on its YouTube channel, starting at 1500 UTC.

The Race All-Star Esports Battle

The Race is in its third weekend of esports, with the All-Star Esports Battle pitting drivers from all over the world of motorsports and esports too, from several different disciplines. While most of the other events are filling in for or recreating real events, the All-Star races use a variety of different formats not keyed to any one specific postponed race.

This week’s event, which you’ll be able to see on The Race’s YouTube channel from 1600 UTC on Sunday March 29, will also add a “Legends Trophy” beforehand. That will see double-F1 and double-Indy 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi making his own esports debut.

Veloce Pro Series

Veloce Esports has been running Grand Prix equivalents over the past two postponed F1 weekends, but with no scheduled F1 this weekend it has a new series. “Not the… GP” will continue to run on GP weekends, other Sundays will now see the Veloce Pro Series. Promising 30 pro drivers — including F1 ‘meme-lord’ Lando Norris — the race will take place at an as-yet undecided circuit.

This week’s event gets underway at 1800 UTC on Sunday March 29 on the Veloce Esports YouTube channel, which you’ll be able to watch below when the event goes live.

NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

NASCAR is also running an iRacing event for its pro drivers, again including past and present names. The record-breaking TV audience for the first round, at Miami-Homestead, saw Denny Hamlin passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. right at the finish line (with a little paint trading!) and it continues this week with another race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Fox will again broadcast the race on its network, but you’ll also be able to catch it on the NASCAR on Fox YouTube account, with the race starting the same time as the Veloce Pro Series above, at 1800 UTC on Sunday March 29.

Formula 1

As this weekend wouldn’t have been a Grand Prix weekend, F1’s Virtual Grand Prix is on a pause. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing on though, as F1 is launching a new challenge for non-GP weekends. This week, F1 will choose from all the players who send in their Steam IDs on social media for a one-off race in F1 2019 between fans and none other than the clearly very busy Lando Norris.

It will broadcast “#ChallengeLando” at 2000 UTC on Sunday March 29 on its official YouTube channel.

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GT Sport Time Trials: High Rollers

You’re going to need plenty of spare cash in GT Sport to get involved in this fortnight’s Time Trials, as it’s all about rare, road-going racers from the 1960s. The first event puts you in the driver’s seat of the Mk1 Ford GT40 from 1966. While the race car won Le Mans in 1968 and 1969 (with the very same chassis — one ...

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IndyCar Joins the Esports Party With iRacing Championship for Pro Drivers

Like so many other championships, IndyCar has seen its calendar all but destroyed by coronavirus concerns. That includes the 2020 running of the famous Indianapolis 500 — one of three races in the Triple Crown of Motorsport — which is now due to take place in August rather than the traditional May date. IndyCar has thus duly become the l ...

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Forza Horizon 4 Season Change: Toyota’s Legend Tames Winter

Winter has taken its hold across the UK for another week in Forza Horizon 4 . The arrival of snow also means a new serving of content and more events for players to go after. The Winter Playlist for this week features a new set of prizes for 50% and 80% completion. This week, a legendary grand tourer from Toyota takes its bow. 2000GT Arrives In Style A ...

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GT Sport Exhaust Tip Quiz: Guess the Car From the Exhaust!

GT Sport contains a lot of weird and wonderful cars, modeled in great detail. From ancient slowcoaches to the fastest cars of the present day — and beyond — you’ll find a lot of variety packed into the 300-strong car list.

Given the detail that the car modeling team goes into to recreate the vehicles, we thought we’d run up a little quiz for the car enthusiast and GT Sport fan, specifically on one of the most recognizable details of a performance car: the exhaust system.

A lot of cars have fairly routine exhaust systems, with convoluted routing and piddly exhaust tips to strangle the engine for emissions and noise. For GT Sport‘s stable though, most have a lot more thought put into them. The systems are light, sonorous, and commonly end in a unique layout for the vehicle, in order to extract the most performance and sound.

There’s plenty of examples of this sprinkled through the game, so we want to see how much attention you’ve been paying to one of the most important aspects of a combustion engine. Test out your knowledge with the ten questions below, and let us know how you fare.

And don’t worry, there’s no electric cars in here. We’re not that mean… probably.

GT Sport Exhaust Tip Quiz

Think you can spot the difference between GT Sport’s cars from their exhaust tips? Here’s your chance to prove it!

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You Can Race Against Real WTCR Drivers in RaceRoom’s New Esports Event

By now, we should all be used to seeing pro drivers trying their hand at esports events. Over the past couple of weeks, and in response to the near total cancellation of real-world motorsport, pros have raced against personalities in the sim-racing world in a series of exhibition races. However, if you fancy taking part yourself there hasn’t b ...

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900,000 Tuned in to eNASCAR Invitational, Fox to Broadcast Full Season

With the motorsports calendar in disarray this year, esports is experiencing a popularity surge. Viewers are tuning in to watch virtual sports in their hundreds of thousands on streaming platforms, and now it seems that traditional broadcast media is after some of that action too.

The Fox broadcast network took the plunge this past weekend, and reaped the rewards. Fox teamed up with NASCAR and iRacing to broadcast a special exhibition virtual race, featuring big names from across the NASCAR family. The race, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featured in its own show on Fox Sports 1, called “Fox Sports iRacing”.

Perhaps unexpectedly, the show pulled in a peak of 903,000 viewers, according to Nielsen ratings. That broke a number of records all at once, as the biggest audience for any sports broadcast in the USA on Sunday, the largest for any sports broadcast in the USA since March 12 — when sport began to shut down across the country — and the record for any gaming broadcast in American television history.

With those numbers behind it, Fox has now committed to showing the rest of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series season. Although a full schedule isn’t yet available, it’ll start with a race at Texas Motor Speedway this coming Sunday, March 29.

The series will continue to feature the regular NASCAR commentary team of Jeff Gordon, Mike Joy, and Larry McReynolds, with Clint Bowyer adding an in-car commentary view. Fox will broadcast it across its network, and on both Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports app.

In addition to the action from the virtual Miami, Sunday was a landmark for esports racing action. The first Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix also pulled in a six-figure viewer count, with 165,000 live views on the official channel and another 100,000 watching McLaren driver Lando Norris’s own feed. Veloce Esports staged its own event for a second week, with Not The Bahrain Grand Prix seeing similar figures.

Speaking of the decision to broadcast the entire eNASCAR invitational season, Brad Zager, executive producer at Fox Sports, commented:

“This rapid-fire collaboration between FOX Sports, NASCAR and iRacing obviously has resonated with race fans, gamers and television viewers across the country in a very positive way. We have learned so much in a relatively short period of time, and we are excited to expand coverage of this brand-new NASCAR esports series to an even wider audience.”

Jeff Gordon added:

“The response on social media to last Sunday’s race has been incredible. We were able to broadcast a virtual race that was exciting and entertaining. It brought a little bit of ‘normalcy’ back to the weekend, and I can’t wait to call the action Sunday at Texas.”

In case you missed it, you can rewatch the entire first race below. We won’t spoil it, but it’s safe to say it goes right down to the line…

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Aston Martin Reveals Its New V6 Turbo, for Valhalla and Beyond

Aston Martin has today revealed the turbocharged V6 that will power not only its Valhalla supercar, but the whole Aston Martin range in future.

The new engine is part of a strategy from Aston to reduce its emissions. It’s already noted that the V12 era is at its end, and the V8 AMG won’t cut it for future plans. That means a new powertrain, and a first in-house designed Aston Martin engine since 1968’s V8.

It comes in the form of a three-liter, turbocharged V6. The turbos — one for each bank — will sit between the two halves of the V, in what’s known as a Hot V configuration due to the turbo’s proximity to the exhaust ports.

Aston hasn’t confirmed any power or torque specifications for the engine, which it calls “TM01” in homage to Aston Martin engineer Tadek Marek who designed the company’s last in-house engines. That’s because the combustion engine is only half of the picture.

All of the brand’s cars using the TM01 will also have some form of electric propulsion, with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions available. Full powertrain figures will depend on the application; the Valhalla is somewhere in the region of 1,000hp, but a potential hybrid V6 DBX won’t need even half that.

Despite the lofty power, which Aston Martin says will be the most powerful in the range, the TM01 is also fully emissions compliant with the new Euro 7 standards, due to come into force around 2025.

Aston Martin’s president and CEO, Andy Palmer, said:

“Investing in your own powertrains is a tall order, but our team have risen to the challenge. Moving forward, this power unit will be integral to a lot of what we do and the first signs of what this engine will achieve are incredibly promising.”

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