Mazda giving iRacing players a chance to race in real life

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How many times have diehard auto racing sim gamers thought to themselves, “If I only had a chance, I could do this for real”?

The GT Academy, which “promotes” drivers from Gran Turismo to actually racing Nissan cars in real life is one option.

But now Mazda is getting into the act, according to

Using the iRacing game platform, Mazda Motorsports will take the best of the best in the 2014 iRacing MX-5 Cup and bring them together this fall to compete in the Mazda Club Racing Shootout.

The top-finishing driver in the Shootout will then be given a “scholarship” that will put them in a real car, on real race tracks and against real competitors in the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup.

“The partnership between Mazda and iRacing is a natural,” iRacing president Tony Gardner said in a release. “As we all know, more MX-5s are road-raced on any given weekend than any other model of car.

“What’s also true is that, on any given day, more MX-5s are sim-raced on iRacing than any other car. Not only does this partnership offer exciting opportunities for our many members who are aspiring racers, it will also enable Mazda teams to tap into a deep pool of new driving talent.”

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BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.