Join Xbox Playdates and SA Gamer as we head to US in F1 2018 tonight

Well, well, well. Mexico ended up being quite the race. Both our lobbies had some drama unfolding on the very first lap that saw several drivers spinning out and also completely losing their sh!t (My apologies for my outburst on the last lap – things were tense!). But, at the end a few of us made it home and into the points.

This week we’re on our way to the US that comes with a balanced difficulty curve. The tight S-bends early on leads into one of the longer straights of the year, followed by some really tricky blind corners. It’s going to be a track that’ll give both rookies and veterans a good challenge tonight, but seeing as it’s a back-to-back weekend, it’ll be worth it.

Here is the current point standing for this season (A quick reminder: The points are just for some bragging rights and nothing else – you can still win prizes at the end of this year by just participating. Check the details further below).

Please note: The points below are calculated as of the last race, Mexico. Position 1-20 will join Glenn’s lobby tonight, while the remainder and newcomers will join mine (details on our gamertags below):

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

Don’t see your name on the list? It’s because you don’t have any points yet. Hopefully, we see your name there for the next race.

How does this work?

First of all, you need to be aware that we run these event evenings on the Xbox One. If you own a copy of F1 2018 (hint: it’s on the Game Pass service), you’re welcome to join us every Friday evening that ties in with an F1 race weekend at 9 pm. In other words, the first race kicks off tomorrow night to tie in with the Australian race on the calendar. The race setup works as follows and lasts just over an hour:

Total number of races: 3

Race 1 = 5 laps, Collisions off, Damage off.
Race 2 = 5 laps, Collisions on, Damage off.
Race 3 = 25%, Collisions on, Damage on.

Should you crash out then it’s bad luck. There are no restarts, as in the real world of F1. Points are awarded, as you would expect in an F1 season, but it’s there purely for bragging rights. Considering that there are two lobbies we have decided to take the best times over both races to determine the top drivers every night. The safety car is turned off and pit assistance turned on in both lobbies to keep things fair.

If you’re keen to check it out before taking part, there will be streams live on Mixer on the evenings.

Uhmm… I just want to know how I can win things?

To win you need to participate in these Friday evening events, by taking part in at least five races over the 2019 season. It’s as simple as that. Should you play a minimum of five races you’ll be entered into the lucky draw where you can win a Thrustmaster steering wheel (thanks to Megarom Interactive) and a locally produced G-Force Sim racing chair, which takes place after the last race at the end of this season. Glenn Alexander (Xbox Playdates ZA host) will stream the draw live. So, don’t worry if you’re a bit of a n00b, there are players from all walks of life and the overall intention is to have fun and that is why we have two lobbies. Leave the serious you at the door.

Here is our prize winner from last year enjoying a game of F1 2018. This year it could be you.

That is one amazing prize (especially if you’re a racing fan), but there will be several other games up for grabs on that same evening, thanks to Apex Interactive.

How do I get started?

Add Glenn Alexander (GlennZA) or myself (dawid22) to your list of friends on the Xbox One and we’ll send you an invite as soon as we see that you’ve started up the game on the evening, or you can just join our race when you see our lobbies up and running. Should you not hear anything, be sure to send either of us a message via Xbox Live.

If you have any other questions, be sure to ask us in the comments, social media or message us on Xbox Live.

Again, a huge thanks to our sponsors, Megarom Interactive (Thrustmaster), G-Force Sim (racing chair) and Apex Interactive (various games).

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