Absolute Racing is happy to confirm 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.
Furthermore, 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.
Ingo Matter (Team Director of Absolute Racing): “I believe we have a strong line-up for our first sim racing incursion. Yifei is one of the most promising Chinese young drivers as his results speak for themselves, and he is also a keen sim racer. I would like to thank [Burst Esports manager] Jesper Pedersen for loaning Michi to us for this season. As an Asian-based team, we have plans to expand our sim racing presence in the region in the coming years, but for now it makes sense to partner with an experienced outfit to be fully prepared to take on some of the best in world.”
Ye Yifei (#20 Absolute Racing Driver): “I am very happy to join in the RCCO World eX Championship with Absolute Racing. I have found memories of racing with Absolute Racing back in 2019 in the Asian Winter Series. We fought for wins in every race, and I am sure that we will be able to replicate it in the virtual world which I am already familiar with after participating in the official 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual and The Race All Star Cup. It will be a big challenge to drive these super powerful electric cars on an unusual race schedule, but I am looking forward to getting it started and see how we do”.
Michi Hoyer (#99 Absolute Racing Driver): “I am very excited to be picked up by Absolute Racing for the upcoming RCCO World eX Championship and I am very much looking forward to start working with the guys, to share my knowledge and dig deeper into how real racing teams work. With electric cars to be a huge part of the future of racing, I appreciate the effort by RCCO and the launch of the eX ZERO car. We are exploring a new format of racing and entertainment in sim racing, and I am more than excited to see how good it will be for the fans and sim racing as a community. I have high expectations on myself to perform while enjoying the moment and taking the opportunity to be part in such a high profile series”.