Audi NZ Sponsors Hyper Stimulator NZ Simulator Race Series In R8 Audi by:Ross MacKay
AUDI INCENTIVE FOR LATEST HYPER STIMULATOR CHALLENGE SERIES
The organiser of New Zealand's biggest and most popular racing simulator league, Auckland-based Hyper Stimulator New Zealand, has brought in the big guns to help promote it's latest multi-player league challenge.
The six-round challenge starts today and goes through until November with the support of Audi importer Audi New Zealand.
Audi New Zealand have put up a pair of genuine Audi Sport jackets with a retail value of over $500 plus a number of spot prizes for the competition - which will be conducted on sophisticated Hyper Stimulator simulators with all competitors 'driving' Audi's Le Mans 24 Hour-winning R8 sports car.
The Audi New Zealand Hyper Stimulator Endurance Racing League features two drivers per simulator and will be run as
Practice from 6pm to 7pm
Dinner at 7pm-ish (depending on when it arrives) One three-hour endurance race from 7:30pm until 10:30pm
The big difference between this and previous challenges is that the identity of the circuit competitors will race the Audis on (and Hyper Stimulator NZ has hundreds to choose
from) will only be announced on the night.
This - plus the fact that all cars will run on the same, pre-determined engine, chassis and suspension set-up - means that the playing field will be absolute level.
As company marketing and business development manager Nathan Addis explains;
"This is a new concept for Hyper Stimulator with the aim of bringing some new people into simulator racing. People take our sport very seriously and once you know the circuits and get a handle on the changes you can make to the car you've got a real advantage. That's fine for the regulars but we've found that it tends to put the social player off so we've structured the Audi challenge to make it fairer on everyone.
"In saying that I don't want serious gamers to think we're taking any of their fun away - the set-up we've come up with is plenty fast enough - round our Pukekohe track the Audi's done a 46 (second lap). That's 10 seconds quicker than a V8 Supercar."
Hyper Stimulators' virtual racing league has a loyal following in Auckland and Addis says that Audi New Zealand's involvement - a first by a mainstream automotive distributor
- can only be good for the activity.
"Virtual racing provides an incredibly economic racing experience electronically"
Racing drivers like rising V8 Supercar star Shane Van Gisbergen (who was a regular at Hyper Stimulators' league nights before crossing the Tasman to drive for Stone Brothers Racing) are also acutely aware of the value of racing Hyper Stimulator race car simulators to keep themselves sharp and focussed.
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Ross is a respected motorsport journalist and comentary on motorsport in New Zealand and Australia