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Think you’re fast? Goodwood wants to see just how quick you lap the track

Video game competition offers global acclaim and some nifty prizes as well


Think you’re a skilled and fast driver? Fast enough to set a lap record at Goodwood? As part of the run-up to the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, the circuit is hosting a Mastercard Hotlaps competition that rewards the winner with a new driving simulator, a real rally stage experience and professional esports coaching from Williams.

You may have noticed the term “esports” in the previous paragraph. That’s because this competition takes place on the Gran Turismo Sport video game, specifically using Gran Turismo F1500T-A.

To enter, set your fastest time on Gran Turismo Sport by May 31 and upload the full lap to social media with #mastercardhotlaps in the post.

Goodwood adds, “The car must be standard, using the standard tires it comes on and with no upgrades or improvements. We will take your entries on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook only and your page must be fully public so we can see the lap without needing to request access and must show the whole lap from start to finish, either onboard or off.”

The 50 fastest will advance to a second stage, to be held the weekends of June 6 and 13. The top-10 then advance to the final, a “head-to-head, winner-takes-all race on Gran Turismo Sport (to) be broadcast both on site at the Festival and around the world on the live stream.”

For entry information, visit the Mastercard e-trophy website.

To see the fastest laps from the earlier competition last fall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, check out the YouTube video.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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