Twelve world class sim racers competed in Lamborghini’s inaugural eSports event with three best gamers securing the unique chance to drive a Huracán Super Trofeo Evo
Automobili Lamborghini announces the first ever winner of The Real Race, sim racing competition played on the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform. Nils Naujoks from Germany and sim racing manager of world leading esports team G2, excited fans at the online final last night, winning against eleven other drivers and securing a once in a lifetime opportunity to train alongside Lamborghini Squadra Corse drivers and drive a real Lamborghini race car. Naujoks won by a landslide 20 points taking pole position having been the race leader in both the Barcelona and Mount Panorama tracks.
The champion will be joined by Italian Matthias Egger and South African Jordan Sherratt, who placed 2nd and 3rd with 20 points each. Barcelona saw extremely wet conditions with a number of drivers unable to make it across the finish line and Mount Panorama was a race of attrition with drivers queuing at millimeter perfection and frequently making contact. The winners will soon venture to Lamborghini headquarters where over three days they will have an opportunity to visit the R&D simulator used to develop the latest Lamborghini models at its headquarters, and meet Lamborghini drivers. The sim drivers will also get the unique chance to drive a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo on the legendary Imola raceway. As the first-placed driver, Naujoks will also receive a Huracán GT3 Evo limited edition diecast model with in-game livery.
The Real Race final was a thrilling, star-studded evening that saw legends such as former British Formula One racing driver, David Coulthard, Italian Formula One presenter Federica Masolin and former Italian Formula One racing driver and five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro host the evening. In addition to the official competition, the finals also included a guest appearance from Italian motorcycle racer Pecco Bagnaia, the 2018 Moto2 World Champion, currently racing in MotoGP with Pramac Racing Ducati.
The Real Race first edition started last May with a kick of event followed by five qualifiers that attracted 1.5 million viewers on Lamborghini social media and esports.lamborghini website, with 2.500 gamers registering from 106 different countries.
Katia Bassi, Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, Automobili Lamborghini, said: “We are really excited that our first steps into the eSports space has proven a huge success. Lockdown has presented a whole range of opportunities and challenges and we are proud that we were able to produce an eSports tournament series that resonated with the community. Our ambition was to create a new platform for fans of our brand and the motorsports and sim racing communities to play with using the virtual and real world. The Real Race has been a new chapter in our story, something different and innovative, just like our cars”.