(Sim) Racer

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on February 2nd and 3rd, the Race of Champions took place. A race that gathers some of the best racing drivers in the world. Kévin Leaune, Team Oscaro member, was invited. We bring you behind the scenes in our film.

A first for eROC

When the “simracers” become “racers”. For this 29th edition, the ROC organisers decided to innovate. For the first time since the creation of the event, 5 virtual drivers were invited. However, only two would get the chance to go up against their idols during the ROC Nations Cup in Team “Simracing All Stars”. One seat being reserved for Rudy Van Buren, eSports driver with McLaren, the second was destined for the winner of the first eROC in history.

During the week-end, four “simracers”, the best on the planet, competed on simulators, but also on the real track. Among them, Kévin Leaune, a 28 year old from Nice, triple world champion on Project Cars that we introduced you to in “The end of a Dream”. Against the first winner of the F1 eSports Series, Brendon Leigh (United Kingdom), Blancpain Sprint iRacing champion Enzo Bonito (Italy) and eWTCC champion Alexander Dornieden (Germany), the Team Oscaro driver had some serious performance.

Coulthard, champions of champions

After a excellent drive on the track, Kévin didn’t perform on the simulator. He finishes third overall, 9 points off eROC champion Enzo Bonito.

The Italian was offered the opportunity to race against Johan Kristofferson, Petter Solberg and even David Coulthard during the ROC Nations Cup. And the least we can say is that he perfectly represented eSport during the competition. Enzo Bonito pulled off some good performances, finishing only 0.4 of a second behind Petter Solberg, and 1.5 seconds off David Coulthard.

The two sporting legends went up head-to-head, in the big ROC final. After knocking out Juan Pablo Montoya and Tom Kristensen, the Scot defeated the Norwegian champion, winning by two races to none.