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​Esports Sim Racer Beats A Formula E, Ex-F1 Driver In Real-Life Race

​Esports Sim Racer Beats A Formula E, Ex-F1 Driver In Real-Life Race

Sim racing champion Enzo Bonito caused major upset over the weekend, when he triumphed over current Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi in a real-life race.

It came when Bonito and fellow Esports racer Brendon Leigh were given the opportunity to swap virtual cars for actual speed-machines during the annual Race of Champions, held at the Foro Sol, a part of famous Mexican Grand Prix circuit the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel of Formula 1, Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, and nine-times Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen also attended the event [via Eurogamer].

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Grassi's professional driving career boasts a top-flight Formula 1 season as part of Virgin Racing, and the 2016-17 Formula E World Championship. Obviously, he was expected to win.

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But all those hours playing video games - albeit super-realistic sims - had to count for something, right? And after two short, windy laps in a KTM X-Bows sports car, Bonito came out on top by just over half a second.

I guess it's just another victory to add to his growing list of achievements, which includes being the Porsche E Carrera Cup champion and Iracing GT3 Season winner. He's also the proud owner of multiple World Records.

Sim Racer Bonito bean an Ex-F1 driver in a real-life race. Credit: EnzoBonito17
Sim Racer Bonito bean an Ex-F1 driver in a real-life race. Credit: EnzoBonito17
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What do you think about this news? Did you expect him to win? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: F1 Esports

Topics: Entertainment, Esports, Driving, Formula 1, F1, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.