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Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne, currently second in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings, is a huge fan of videogames. And that passion was clear on day one of the World Series by Renault meeting at Paul Ricard, when the Belgian beat Mirko Bortolotti and Pierre Gasly in a Eurocup Clio simulator race.

At Paul Ricard, Renault Sport provided simulators to allow spectators to test the new Clio Cup. The simulators faithfully recreated the famous French circuit, and gave 'drivers' the chance to experience a lap at the wheel of the new Clio Cup.

On Saturday, around 300 spectators were lucky enough to experience this virtual test drive. The session's two fastest drivers then had the chance to test themselves against WSR's real-life racing stars, in front of a large crowd.

Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne (Formula Renault 3.5 Series), Pierre Gasly (Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0) Mirko Bortolotti and Toni Forné (Eurocup Megane Trophy) and Massimiliano Pedala (Eurocup Clio) all took part. They were joined by David Coulthard, star of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Show, and special guest Jean Ragnotti.

After a quick free practice and qualifying session, the ten drivers lined up for their virtual race. And the moment the lights went out, it was clear that this was more than just a game for all involved!

Coulthard and Ragnotti's lack of gaming experience showed, with their younger rivals looking much more at ease. Pierre Gasly, Stoffel Vandoorne and Mirko Bortolotti fought long and hard for the victory, but in the end Vandoorne emerged with the win.

The best-performing spectator was awarded a day of coaching at the wheel of the Clio Cup, as part of one of the regular Renault Sport Enthusiast Days.

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 29 September 2013
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