Indonesian sim racers have dominated the 2023 HyperDrive Cities (HDC) Championships qualifiers with more than half of the 25 who qualified for the finals hailing from the archipelago.
On 30 October, organisers of the 2023 HDC Championships revealed the top 25 qualifiers who will battle it out for top honours in the finals which will be held on 4 November at 8pm Singapore time.
Apart from the 14 Indonesians, the remaining finalists are from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong and Poland.
Polish Kamil Pawlowski is the only European sim racer in the field.
“The finals will definitely be a very tight affair given that the timings at the qualifiers have been very close indeed,” said Melvin Moh, Co-Founder of Legion of Racers LOR), the organisers of the 2023 HDC Championships.
“There is just a two-second difference between the top qualifier and the sim racer who made the cut in 25th position.”
Indonesia’s Jaka Siswoyo (1:32.382) qualified with the fastest lap time while compatriot Rio Dzaki (1:34.070) made the final cut.
The 2023 HDC Championships will feature the Kuala Lumpur (KL) City Street Circuit which will see sim racers drive past iconic KL City landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers, the KL Towers and also the Bukit Nanas train station, among many other recognisable city icons in the Malaysian capital.
The track was conceptualised and created by LOR as part of the HDC series.
The track is the third which has been built by LOR, having completed the Singapore Orchard Road Street Circuit in 2021, and the Semanggi Street Circuit in Jakarta in 2022.
On 4 November, the 25 sim racers will have a half hour practice session followed by a 10-minute qualifying run before the final race.
The top 10 placed sim racers will share a prize pool of $10,000, and the final race will be livestreamed on LOR’s and 9tro’s Youtube channels.
The organisers also acknowledge the support of BWT, Next Level Racing, Motul, Tarmac Works, Logitech G and 9tro as partners of the 2023 HDC Championships.
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