From Esports To Formula 4

Esports racer Dayne Warren has won a test day aboard a CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship car, after claiming the second CAMS – Motum Simulation VSR Showdown at PAX Australia.

Held at the popular gaming convention in Melbourne, Warren will join Sydney’s first round winner Dylan Shepherd to sample a real world Formula 4 car later this year.

Warren was victorious against Daniel Benefield, who also competed in the finals of the Sydney round, in the four lap race. Mitch McLeod joined the duo on the podium in third place.

“Absolutely stoked, I had no idea coming into this weekend that I’d ever walk away with a F4 test day so I couldn’t imagine anything better,” Warren said.

“The first couple of heats I was pretty confident, I had good pace throughout the weekend. Lucky that we got through the single lap shootout too.”

After also making the Sydney finals, Benefield was happy with his overall performance across the day to finish second and looks forward to future competition.

“It’s how sim racing is. I’m not disappointed at all, I can’t turn down two second places in my first two sim racing events, I’ve got to think positive,” Benefield said.

“Especially in two cars that I don’t really drive much, so I’m looking forward to next year. Hopefully we can get to more of these events.”

With the program currently in the pilot phase between CAMS and partner Motum Simulation, CAMS provided advice on judicial outcomes and the format of the competition throughout the day. The Esports events in 2018 will provide CAMS learnings ahead of the creation of formal regulations and event formats in future rounds.

Managing Director of Motum Simulation Steve Hoinville was thrilled with the growing interest in the event and CAMS’ support.

“It was a different vibe and crowd at an event like PAX Australia, rather than a race track so there’s some lessons learnt there but all-in-all it was a successful event,” Hoinville said.

“This is the third one we’ve run but this is the second under CAMS jurisdiction, and we’ve run them differently every time. Different qualifying, selection method of drivers, venues – it’s been a learning curve but we’ve come out of it with a wealth of knowledge.”

More than 100 entrants took part in online qualifying earlier in October, with the top 18 drivers selected to enter the round at PAX Australia. The first six races determined the final 12 drivers, who then determined the semi-final contenders. A single timed lap shootout then determined the two races for the final.

Details for the next round of the Motum Simulation VSR Showdown will be announced shortly.