Project CARS was out in full force at Paris Games Week this year bringing sim-racing eSports to the masses with our biggest ever live racing event!
In partnership with the Electronic Sports League we took over the ESL Arena in Paris’ Porte De Versaille Expo for an entire day of action with some of Europe’s best Project CARS drivers.
Eight racers took part in the event. To select them, we worked with Project CARS Community France to organise online qualifying races. Many of the top ranked teams from the SMS-R Driver Network Championship and ESL Go4 Cups took part and the successful drivers included many familiar names, with a few surprises thrown in too...
1st place: Alexx545 (Germany) - VP Drivers
2nd place: TX3 JeanBonneau (France) - Virtual Drivers by TX3
3rd place: SDL SoniK (France) - SDL Motorsport
It was a thrill to watch these guys battle it out and a real pleasure to hand over the winner’s trophy and prizes to Alexx. His approach to the event was very humble, but also laser-focused. He didn’t allow himself to be distracted by the scale of the arena or his more experienced competitors. He was a deserved winner!
The action didn’t stop there though! We also invited members of the audience in the arena to come up onto the stage for some competitive exhibition races, and there was a fierce showdown match between four drivers from TSRacing and 4 from SDL Motorsport, carrying on their intense rivalry from the SMS-R Driver Network Championship. The result actually went against current championship form with SDL taking the victory and the bragging rights... at least for now!
We had an amazing time in France and we were blown away by the knowledge and enthusiasm of Paris’ huge crowd of Project CARS and sim-racing fans. We can’t wait to go back again!
Finally, a big thank you to Benjamin Benichou from Project CARS Community France for supplying the fantastic photos from the ESL Arena and Helene 'Kijooki' Cressot for the commentary!