V8 Supercars 3 Charity Race
On Friday, November 25, Atari Australia previewed V8 Supercars 3 – The Real Racing Simulator – at Phillip Island during the final round of the V8 Supercars series. The highlight of the day was a six-way driver play-off featuring Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife, Steven Richards, Brad Jones, Todd Kelly and Jason Bargwanna.
Driving their own cars around the authentically recreated Phillip Island track, it proved the perfect opportunity to hone their skills prior to the real practice session later that day.
Despite none of the drivers having played the game before, they were able to draw on their knowledge of the track and each car’s handling to rack up some impressive lap times, a clear illustration of the accuracy of V8 Supercars 3’s simulation of the sport.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, as all six drivers seemed determined to demonstrate the full extent of the game’s realistic damage modeling!
Mark Skaife made the most of his pole position and held first place throughout the opening lap. However, going into the first corner the second time around, he ran wide and let the chasing Craig Lowndes and Brad Jones through. Skaife then dropped to the back of the pack after an unfortunate tangle with HRT teammate Todd Kelly.
In the end, Lowndes managed to hold off the charge from a fast-finishing Steven Richards to take the chequered flag. Lowndes donated his $3000 winner’s purse (thanks to Atari Australia, V8 Supercars Australia and Serious Racing) to the charity of his choice.
Sadly for Craig, he was pipped to the championship by Russell Ingall on Sunday afternoon. But he’ll be able to exact revenge soon when we release V8 Supercars 3 on February 24 next year on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.