Simulation racing event organiser World Pro Racing (WPR) has announced it is opening a dedicated facility for driver development, training, and hosting in-person sim racing events.
According to a release, €300,000 (∼£259,095) has been invested into the facility that will provide aspiring racers with the chance to train in a professional environment.
Alongside being open to local consumers, the facility will be used for sim racing bootcamps organised by international teams once global travel restrictions have been eased.
Starting in 2022, the Malta-based facility will host ‘international sim racing events’. The facility was slated to host events in 2021 but due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic, plans had to be put on hold.
While sim racers will get the opportunity to use the facility for practice and racing, the event organiser has also revealed that it will be giving university students opportunities to get involved in the industry through a Summer work experience programme. The event organiser looks to open up the programme for more students in the coming years, showcasing the wide variety of job opportunities the esports industry has to offer.
As the popularity of sim racing shows no signs of slowing down, WPR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Malta’s Centre for Sports Excellence along with joining forces with an educational consultant which will see the sim racing organiser, and its facility, host a sim racing curriculum. Details on the curriculum have yet to be revealed.
Esports Insider says: Sim racing has grown significantly over the past 18 months and interest is showing no signs of slowing down. World Pro Racing has invested in a facility that is going to benefit the local esports scene as well as the international sim racing community.