Last weekend we hit the road and joined up with our friends from the Electronic Sports League for EGX 2015 at the NEC in sunny Birmingham.
Thousands of you came to see us at the ESL Project CARS eSports Live booth for exclusive merchandise giveaways, live Q&As with the development team and some awesome eSports action on stage with our fantastic hosts, Jack Peters and Matt ‘Yorkie065’ York.
It was great to see hardened sim racers, used to the competitive environment of leagues, battling with members of the public with less race experience, but still the raw talent to put in a super quick time trial lap and make it to the finals. TSA Racing, a sim team normally seen in Rfactor, put in a fantastic showing. They dominated Day Two of EGX, getting three drivers into the final and eventually filled the podium with Matthew Chirgwin on the top step. Another of their drivers, Thomas Jacobs took first place on Day Three as well. Needless to say, they were well drilled and had great race craft.
The Day One and Day Four finals were won by gamers new to sim-racing eSports. Tom Stanley took first spot on the first day, keeping a calm head in what was the most nervous of the four events. In the Day Four final, Andre Bauhofer came from behind in spectacular fashion after coming last in the first race to take overall victory in the final round after a few mistakes from his competitors, including a jump start from Chris Starsmore, who repeated history with jump starts costing him victory in both the first and final days.