2008 Race season

Race Season has begun in the high speed world of open cockpit racing in a series of SimDeck Virtual Grand Prix.The series started in torrential and wet conditions with the SoftSource SimDeck race series in Albany Auckland. The championship saw hectic competition between both male and female drivers in the dismal conditions. The eventual champion was Mainfreight’s Mike Johnson.

 The August season commenced with Westpac Enterprise North Shore Virtual Grand prix to celebrate and congratulate the selected finalists of the Excellence in Business Awards Competition. A large group of novice and more experienced drivers gathered at the temporary Westpac race HQ in Corinthian Drive where the SimDeck race car was setup configured in a virtual Formula FOB virtual race car.

Finalists were given the opportunity to drive three laps of a race track. Minimal instructions on using the 6 gears through paddles on the steering wheel were provided before these brave men and women negotiated the track at high speed.

The competition was very tight and verbally engaging with Carl Le Vert, a software engineer, from Flow B2B Software taking the winners trophy and champagne on the night with a best lap time of 56 seconds.

The Awards Sponsors also competed and it was the General Manager of the North Shore Times, Alan Barr, who proved his mettle as he took away the Fastest Sponsor trophy with a time of 1.02 minutes. Andy Burrows from Icon Business Solutions was the Fastest Judge on the night with a time of 58 seconds.

The next event in the Calendar is with the Absolympics Virtual Grand Prix in Rotorua where a large delegation of race drivers will compete to see who will high the winners trophy. This will then be followed immediately by a three day SimDeck Virtual Grand Prix at the Franchise and Business Expo at Auckland’s Greenlane Showgrounds where it is expected 100’s of business visitors are expected to take on the mantle of race car driver in this prestigous event. Professional Sim Race Driver Kevin Andreassend, expects to see many bruised ego’s as many take up the gaunlet to impress and win.

Immediately this round finishes the SAKS SimDeck Virtual Grand Prix begins the next day in the heart of NZ’s fashion district with SAKs being the principal sponsor of 8 days of heady high speed racing where a range of talent is expected to be demonstrated.

Following the SAKS Virtual Grand Prix will be the SimDeck Speed Show Expo where the who’s who of motorsports will be present over the two day prestige event. The SimDeck race car will be unique amongst the various displays of static cars includsing Scott Dixons Indy 500 winning car. The SimDeck Virtual Reality experience will allow drivers to relive and possibly re-create some of the honour established by Scott Dixon and others.

We have been running a number of Virtual Grand Prix’s here at the SimDeck Virtual Reality Centre and now with Xmas speeding up faster than Lewis Hamilton, we have been finding a new breed of race drivers in the corporate world. If only their mum’s said they could be a petrol head instead of a suit when they were kids.

During November, SimDeck will bring the UK Surry track used by the Top Gear UK TV programme alive during the Top Gear World Wide Media launch. This will be the chance at the NZ leg for invited guests, media and orgnaisers to race on the Top Gear Circuit at the Media Launch.

The Auckland ICT Cluster members are gathering together for the last event of the year with a high profile motorsports personality and the SimDeck simulators. Meeting together at the Massey University’s e-Centre in Albany the focus is expected to be one of enhancing one’s reputation in the fast lane. Guest Speaker will be Phil Kerr, former Managing Director of Jack Brabham Race Team, McLaren Motorsports, and McLaren Formula One Race Team manager.

SimDeck Simulators will entertain Albany businesses at the end of year network function hosted at the BNZ Bank by Albany Business Association.

Crowds will be entertained in the Henderson Christamas Parade and the Browns Bay Christmas Parade and day long festival.

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