Rocky helps through virtual racing
At ten events, ‘Rocky’ competes against his five fellow DTM factory drivers on the Sony PlayStation 4 once a week. Audi’s DTM pros are pitted against six SimRacers and three guest entrants at #RaceHome. Members of the PlayStation network are able to compete as well. Each event is broadcast on the internet for free.
In view of the corona crisis solidarity is a top priority for Mike Rockenfeller. “There’s a large number of freelancers in motorsport who have lost their income from one day to the other due to this pandemic and have fears of becoming destitute,” says the Audi DTM factory driver. #Race Home aims to raise as many donations as possible to be used for charity purposes within the motorsport family.
#RaceHome is a virtual racing series comprising a total of ten weekly events, each held on a Tuesday. “Because there are no real-world races due to the corona crisis at the moment, SimRacing is currently experiencing an amazing boom,” says ‘Rocky’. The 2013 DTM Champion describes the concept: “We’re deliberately pursuing a unique approach in that #RaceHome uses sports cars with electric drive, so emphasising Audi’s focus topic in the mobility transformation process. And we opted for the Gran Turismo Sport console game for the Sony PlayStation 4 because we can reach an especially large worldwide community in this way.”
THE RACE DIRECTOR
Frank Biela, five-time Le Mans winner and multiple international touring car champion, serves as race director at #RaceHome, a role the former professional racer performs in the RCCO E-Sport Series as well. As an active, renowned SimRacer Biela knows exactly what manoeuvres on the virtual track are fair or foul. He also brings additional experience as a motorsport official from the real racing world of DTM, where the German served as a steward on several occasions in recent years.
The various competitions of the #RaceHome series are broadcast on Tuesday at 8 pm (CEST) on YouTube (German commentary) and on the streaming platform Twitch (
VisionRCCO). The events can be watched for free. In addition to delivering thrilling motorsport to fans, they provide intriguing, previously unknown peeks into the living rooms and working spaces of the drivers. Being able to watch all the facial expressions of the racers working at the wheel without helmets and to hear their spontaneous unfiltered reactions in the heat of the action makes for another new and impressive experience.
#RaceHome supports motorsport freelancers who have fallen on hard times due to the corona crisis through donations.
Account for donations:
RCCO E-Sport AG
IBAN: CH77 0078 4297 0706 5200 3
BIC (SWIFT): KBTGCH22
Payment reference: #RaceHome
Send desired amount by PayPal: email@example.com
Information on the current state of the fund drive can be found at: racehome.rcco.ag
Mike Rockenfeller initiated the #RaceHome charity racing series together with Thomas Voigt. The professional racer and the media and communications expert started RCCO E-Sport AG in 2019. Since then the two Germans have been working on a long-term and novel type of e-sport project. RCCO stands for Racing Concept Cars Organisation and has its origins in the slot car racing series that was established by Thomas Voigt 30 years ago and now looks back on the longest history in slot car racing.
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