New sim racing venue in Dubai now open for motorsport enthusiasts

New sim racing venue in Dubai now open for motorsport enthusiasts

Young UAE racing enthusiasts dreaming of a career as a Formula One driver have been given new incentives with the launch of a new esports centre designed to speed up the journey into competitive motorsport.

Immersive Esports, a state-of-the-art destination for sim racing enthusiasts now open on Dubai’s Umm Suqeim Street, offers 30 race simulators, MotoGP simulators, and Virtual Reality treadmills spread over two floors.

It has been established by Dubai-based automotive events and motorsports consultancy, Pole Position, whose long-term goal is to deliver a young Emirati driver into Formula One.

“Immersive Esports is an important part of this strategy, and its goal is to give drivers the tools they need to achieve their dreams by making a name for themselves in the motor racing world,”

said Pole Position Founder and CEO, Ryan Trutch.

Speaking about the new esports centre, Yashish Manohar, the first UAE-based sim-racing driver to make the transition to real-life racing, said,

“It provides a very realistic racing experience, and will help young drivers develop the skills they need to make the jump to real-world motor sports.”

He looks set for a bright future after some impressive displays during the first Renault Clio Cup Middle East season. Last month, the 17-year-old member of the YAS Heat team finished third overall, and second in class, in the new series at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit and Dubai Autodrome.

Sim racing, or eMotorsports, is virtual car racing in which a computer simulation on a PC or games console realistically creates the experience of real life motor racing.

It has continued to boom since its initial growth in popularity during the pandemic, leading to the emergence of sim racing series that have attracted top drivers, including double Formula One world champion, Max Verstappen.

News Source: Emirates News Agency

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