Teddy Wilson is taking part in the Custom Racewear F3 iRacing Championship
Rutland racer Teddy Wilson is setting his sights on virtual success after taking part in the Custom Racewear F3 iRacing Championship.
With all racing cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wilson is putting his virtual racing skills to the test instead.
The 18-year-old from South Luffenham raced the famous Imola GP Circuit in round one of the four-round championship on Saturday.
The event has been organised by Leicester racewear company Custom Racewear and features emerging young British and international drivers.
Teddy explained: "These days simulator racing is a necessary part of preparation and training for any driver.
"However, the lockdown has taken this to another level enabling us to do what we love and race in safety when real circuits are out of bounds.
"This championship will enable me to compete against a high-class field of up-and-coming drivers from different motorsport disciplines who I might not normally get to race in real life.”
Each round of the championship will feature two races with warm-up and qualification starting at 7pm.
Race one a 12-minute sprint race with 'lights out' at 7.30pm with the second outing getting underway at 8.10pm for a 20-minute feature race with a reverse grid of the top 10 from race one.
Wilson added: "I am looking forward to racing at the legendary race circuits, albeit virtually and not in real life.
"Sim racing requires a high level of precision so putting this to the test on this technical track should be a challenge but fun. With other fast drivers on the grid, it will make for some great racing."
Wilson’s virtual Formula 3 racing car and race suit livery will feature local sponsors Safe Products Ltd, Versatile Venues Ltd, Blue Ice Media Ltd and CS Ellis Group Ltd and racewear brands Walero and Custom Racewear for whom he is an ambassador.
Further rounds will take place on the Silverstone GP circuit on Saturday, May 23, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday, June 6 and Circuit Park Zandvoort GP on Saturday, June 13.
Ben Bishop, director of Custom Racewear, said, “Given the difficult circumstances we are all facing as individuals and businesses, we wanted to somehow stay connected and engaged with our community and customers.
"Sim racing/Esports was the obvious choice. It means we can go racing but in the safety of our home environment. It’s also a way of giving something back to our immediate community during these difficult times.”
Wilson plans to resume real-life racing in 2021 in the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Championship - a support series to the British Touring Car Championship.
He has previously raced in America where he won the opening round of the 2019 Formula 4 US Championship following eight podiums, pole positions and fastest laps against a record-breaking FIA Formula 4 field in his rookie year in 2018.