Mercedes Benz Pits David Coulthard Against Gran Turismo 5 Gamers
You won’t actually be hitting the track. Instead, 24 competition winners will race on Gran Turismo 5, taking on the times set by the champion on the real track. Are they chickening out? Not exactly: “Those who set the top six qualifying times on Gran Turismo 5 will compete against Coulthard, and the clock, in the ultimate final race that afternoon.”
To give Coulthard and his potential opponents an equally fair chance at victory, the track will remain a mystery until the day. The final showdown is guaranteed to be a dramatic 15 minute race, where the gamer to set the fastest lap will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix on 27 November.
All of the virtual racing action and Coulthard’s lap will be broadcast live on the Mercedes web site, with live pre-race coverage from ex Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle, who is most recently famed for his world class motor racing commentary. Live coverage on race day will begin at 3pm UK time at www.mercedesliverace.co.uk.
Owners of the Gran Turismo 5 game who do not win the prize draw will be able to test their own driving skills against 13-time Formula 1 winner Coulthard when details of the track and car set-up are revealed on the day. With over six million copies of the game having been sold since its November launch, the event could become the world’s biggest ever race.