Harvey to take on best gamers around Mt Panorama
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.