Xbox has today announced a unique contest for racing fans around the world that will see ten gamers score a trip to one of the most challenging and iconic races in the world, the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in NSW Australia. Forza Motorsport fans will compete for a money-can’t-buy experience and the chance to participate in a live, in-game time trial to be crowned the champion of the Mount Panorama circuit.
To celebrate the launch of the highly-anticipated Forza Motorsport 6 on Xbox One, players will be invited to take part in an in-game challenge for the chance to win this once in a lifetime opportunity. Winners will travel to Australia to experience one of the biggest days in the international touring car calendar, as racing legend Marcos Ambrose and Xbox Racing Team lead driver Scott Pye, challenge the V8 Supercar field in the Xbox Racing #17 Ford Falcon FG X.
Before we get to how to enter, I thought I’d give you an idea of what it’s going to take to do well on the mountain. After countless attempts, I finally wrangled together a decent, not perfect, but ok lap. If you haven’t read the full review of Forza 6, do yourself a favour and do that now.
My fastest lap around Mount Panorama (Bathurst) is 2:20:458. At the time of writing, I’m 9th in the world and and 5th in the Americas.
Now here’s the lap.
And the same lap in-car view.
How to enter
To earn a chance to win, players must complete the ‘Forza Drive to Win/Xbox One Bathurst Challenge’ rivals event in-game, racing the 2015 Xbox Racing #17 Ford Falcon FG X around Mount Panorama by 11.59pm on September 29th, 2015, AEST. Those lucky few will then go on to compete live at the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for the fastest lap of the track on Forza Motorsport 6, the most realistic racing experience available.
The high speed, iconic street circuit is considered to be one of the world’s most challenging courses for its combination of narrow sections and steep grades, both of which have been laser-scanned and built from the ground-up for Xbox One.
Ten fans from around the world that complete the in-game rivals event will be drawn at random to attend the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000, October 11-15, 2015, including two from the United States, two from the United Kingdom, one from New Zealand, and five from Australia. Winners will receive a trip for themselves and a friend to the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and the chance to score USD$5,000 in prize money, as well as have their Gamertag emblazoned on the official Xbox race car and the track itself.
Winners will also get the chance to meet Ambrose and Pye and challenge their Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 qualifying times on Forza Motorsport 6.
Forza Motorsport 6 is available worldwide today for owners of the digital ‘Ultimate Edition’; September 15th in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand; and September 18th in Europe, exclusively for Xbox One.
With new features including night driving and wet weather racing, V8 Supercars fans can also get behind the wheel of ten cars from the 2015 season, including cars from all five constructors, whilst listening to in-game commentary from Australian racing legend, Mark Skaife.
The 2015 #17 Xbox Racing Ford Falcon FG X, backed by the experience of DJR Team Penske, will compete in the V8 Supercar Pirtek Enduro Cup, including the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Don’t forget, Aussies can catch the action live on the Foxtel Play app on Xbox One. Think I’ll be snapping Foxtel Play to the side and racing along with them.
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Bonus: Here’s a race from a couple of days ago, with a full 24-car grid of V8 Supercars racing around Bathurst.