It's pretty fitting that the winners of E1 Championship Season One, Team Flash, would be joining forces with E1 co-organiser Axle Sports to make waves in the sim racing esports scene. This time, under a new name - Flash Axle Sports.

The partnership was made official yesterday, in conjunction with their participation in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race later tonight (26 June). Flash Axle Sports will be dispatching two cars in the endurance race at Circuito de la Sarthe, with two trios competing in the final race of the global Esports Endurance Series (EES):

Car #11

Mohammad Aleef ‘Hamilton’
Naquib Azlan (Season Zero champion)
Mikko Nassi (Season Zero second runner-up)

Car #12

Mika Hakimi (Season Zero fifth place)
Inigo Anton (Season One sixth place)
Cian Butler

Instead of Raceroom (which E1 utilises), both teams will be racing on the rFactor sim racing simulator, against 12 other teams in the top-tier DPi (Daytona Prototype International) class. The two teams qualified in the top 5, granting Car #11 and Car #12 second and fifth place on the grid, respectively.

Catch the racers in action at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race on Pitlane TV YouTube tonight (26 June) at 9PM (GMT +8).

Image credit: SRO Esports FB

Subsequently, Flash Axle Sports will be burning rubbers with the best Asian racers in the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) GT World Challenge Esports Asia Endurance Series. The virtual race will take place in Mount Panorama Circuit of Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, from 5 - 11 July (qualifiers), and 17 July. The sim racing event will be streamed live on YouTubeTwitch and Facebook.

Real-life motorsports racers and virtual racers may seem like they're racing in very different racetracks, but according to the upcoming E1 Championship, there's no line that divides the two - everyone can race, as long as you're fast.

The E1 Championship Season Zero is an Asia Pacific premier sim racing tournament that utilises PC racing simulator RaceRoom, which marks the beginning of the RaceRoom Racing Experience series that's slated to begin next year. 12 top racing teams across 16 countries will be racing off against each other over the US$15,000 prize pool, as well as bragging rights as the best virtual racer in the Asia Pacific. The virtual racing championship is kept regional to prevent latency issues.

(left to right) Lee, Alex and eGG Network host Faraz Shababi practising social distancing in the digital press conference for E1.

The E1 Championship may not be the first racing simulator series, but Alex Yoong, founder of Axle Esports, mentioned that the format for E1 will be different from the rest. This includes, but not limited to, switching between reversed-grid races as well as the standard format. "We want E1 to be a top-notch sporting league that's exciting for drivers, but we also want it to be entertaining for our viewers," Alex said, adding that sports - or esports, in this case - is another form of entertainment.

"eGG Network is five years old now, and we've done many content and events locally and across the region," said Lee Choong Khay, Head of Sports at Astro. "As a one-stop platform for everything esports, we're always looking to expand our genre of esports, with E1 adding more e-racing content into our portfolio."

Interested racers can register here, or if you're looking for more information, check out the official E1 Championship website.

For those who prefer to be spectators instead of sitting in the driver's seat, the E1 Championship Season Zero will be broadcast LIVE on eGG Network (CH 800). The entire competition spans eight weekly matches, happening every Thursday from 19 November onwards.

E1 Championship Season Zero is organised by eGG Network (woah, who's that?), Axle Esports and Astro, in partnership with RaceRoom and eRacing GP. Be sure to follow the official E1 Championship FB page for more timely updates on the tournament.

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