Absolute Racing has confirmed that Chinese rising star Ye Yifei will race for the team in the inaugural RCCO World eX Championship alongside German ace sim racer Michi Hoyer on loan from the sim racing powerhouse Burst Esports.
Recently crowned as Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 champion, Ye Yifei is a familiar face in the team, as he drove for Absolute Racing in 2019, finishing runner-up in the FIA Regional F3’s Asian Winter Series with four race wins. The 20-year-old, who hails from Xian, has proved himself to be one of the most promising stars of the junior categories, becoming the first Chinese driver to win an international title when he conquered the French F4 championship. He is the current Euroformula Open Champion, following a dominant year that yielded 11 victories.
Burst Esports’s Michi Hoyer made a name for himself in sim racing. With sim racing experience since a young age, he has decided to try his hand on the professional level by entering in the 2014 Formula SimRacing, the world’s leading open wheeler league on rFactor 2, taking his first title in 2016. Since then, the 28-year-old sim racer has been collecting race wins and championships in various sim racing series like the GT Challenge Split 1 series, Virtual Endurance Championship or the Formula SimRacing World Championship. He was recently called up to the Audi Sport team for the Formula E: Accelerate race in Berlin.
The RCCO World eX series, aimed at combining the entertainment of motorsport with a strong message of sustainability and raising awareness for the environment, has the strategy of including one event per country on challenging tracks that are available in rFactor 2, offering participants ample opportunity to push the 1,000-hp eX Zero to the limit. The events of the new innovative World eX esports racing series will each consist of 18 short races with six levels for the twenty permanent drivers from ten teams, as well as the two wildcard entries.
A total of 10 events are scheduled for the inaugural season of the forward-thinking series with its season opener in March at Silverstone. A special shootout at the end of the season will determine the drivers’ world champion on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. All of the World eX event winners are eligible to take part in the two-lap “winner-takes-all” shootout that will determine the world champion.
Absolute Racing will expand its sim racing activities partnering up with China's leading sim racing team Inspeed Racing. Further details on this partnership will be announced in due course.