Har­vey to take on best gamers around Mt Panorama

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

Nagam­bie’s Ja­cob Har­vey is one of eight of Aus­tralia’s top gamers who will com­pete in Su­per­cars’ first of­fi­cial e-sports com­pe­ti­tion — the Har­vey Nor­man Su­per­cars Forza Chal­lenge — at this year’s Bathurst 1000.

The field for the live event has been set based on fastest lap times recorded around a vir­tual Mt Panorama on Xbox’s Forza Mo­tor­sport 6 dur­ing the re­cent qual­i­fi­ca­tion pe­riod.

Har­vey, 23, was the top qual­i­fier with a lap time of 2 min 4.798 sec.

He is a long-time Su­per­cars fan and is thrilled to be head­ing to Mt Panorama to go head-to-head with the other top qual­i­fiers.

‘‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,’’ Har­vey said.

‘‘Four of (the other qual­i­fiers) I race against on­line. We’re all pretty keen to get into it.

‘‘I’ve been fol­low­ing the Su­per­cars cham­pi­onship since I first went to Win­ton (in 2001) — if you ask some of my mates, they call me the en­cy­clopae­dia of Su­per­cars.’’

The top eight qual­i­fiers were sep­a­rated by just more than a sec­ond in the sin­gle­lap qual­i­fi­ca­tion sprint, set­ting the stage for a close battle at Mt Panorama.

Ac­tion will start with an en­durance style all-star race to­day, when a Su­per­cars star will be paired with each gamer.

Nine sprint races will then be or­gan­ised for the gamers from to­mor­row un­til Satur­day, from which the points score will set the grid for the night grand fi­nal on Satur­day night.

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