After 21 racing lovers and drivers went wheel-to-wheel for digital honours in Jordan, hopes are high of organising a just real bigger match in 2022.

Preparations are already underway to stage a 2d model of the MENA Digital Motorsport Cup subsequent year, following the success of the inaugural match in Jordan earlier this month that attracted racing and video gaming lovers from no fewer than 11 various international locations.

Supported by the FIA Sport Grant Programme and hosted by Jordan Motorsport (JMS) collectively with The Car and Touring Club of Lebanon (ATCL), the pioneering MENA Digital Motorsport Cup learned a wealth of untapped skill.

In a location counting some 330 million avid gamers, a series of nationwide qualifiers whittled the candidates the total plan down to factual 21 for the on-location semi-finals and prestigious Toyota Gazoo Racing MENA Digital Cup Final, held in a various arena erected exterior of the Royal Car Museum in Jordan’s historic capital city, Amman.

The semi-finalists and finalists had been drawn from Bahrain, Cyprus, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In front of a reside viewers, the 21 hopefuls went head-to-head and wheel-to-wheel on the Gran Turismo Sport recreation on PlayStation 4 – replicating real-world racing with unparalleled accuracy. The match used to be moreover livestreamed on YouTube to extra than 50,000 viewers.

The 12 on-location Playseat Sensation Skilled rigs – total with Fanatec CSL Elite wheels and pedals – had been purchased during the FIA Sport Grant Programme, and adore within the Olympic Virtual Series (OVS) wait on within the summer season, the auto susceptible all the plan in which during the competition used to be the Toyota Supra GR Racing Belief.

All races featured a rolling originate, with the 25-minute semi-finals taking location around Fuji Speedway and the 35-minute remaining at Autopolis World Speed Course. Participants had been

obliged to assemble a pit-cease to trade tyres and exhaust on the least two various tyre compounds.

The winner’s trophy used to be finally presented to the youngest contender, 15-year-mature Sami Jo Abi Nakhle from Lebanon. Jordan’s Izz Bustami and Khaled Al-Maraghi, of Qatar, within the same vogue impressed as they claimed 2d and third locations respectively.

In mumble to reduction participation – with the broader purpose of engaging contemporary audiences and introducing younger race followers to the competitive world of motorsport without the conventional financial outlay – there used to be no entry price for both competitors or ASNs. This used to be made imaginable by funding from the FIA Sport Grant Programme, with all creep and lodging costs for the semi-finalists and finalists taken care of by the organiser.

Such used to be the success of the initiative, that a grant software has already been submitted with a glimpse to organising the the same match again subsequent year – with the aim of attracting even extra entrants from a broader range of ASNs.

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