Start your engines!

Start your engines!

Published
March 11, 2021

Esport organisation Entropiq adds another gaming title to its portfolio. By employing Lukáš Podstata and Michal Matoušek, black and greens enter the world of virtual racing simulator iRacing.

New season of prestigious Czechoslovak car championship Virtual GP is just around the corner. First race of a stacked calendar takes place on Tuesday, 16 March on the Italian Imola circuit. And Entropiq will be there.

Our members Lukáš Podstata and Michal Matoušek have only the highest ambitions. Who are our newest members? How did they get in to the car racing? How do they practice? We asked for you.

Lukáš Podstata, 27, Poříčany

Gaming history…

I used to play Call of Duty 2 and 4, but Iwas always attracted to racing games. I gained my first experience in F1Challenge 99-02 a rFactor 1. After that I had an esport break and got back tothe virtual racing in 2019.

Achievements…

The biggest achievement yet would be the 4th place in the summer F1 202 race by Virtual GP and RE-PLAY show. Also, my 6th place in the 10th season of Online Racing League.

Practice…

I spend a lot of time practicing. I analyse the optimal track, right passage through a corner and individual races in iRacing. Practice of individual races is crucial in simulators, no driver can do without it.

Favourite car…

In iRacing I like Audi R8 LMS GT3 the best.

Upcoming season…

I’m really looking forward to the new season and I’m glad I can represent Entropiq, which can help me and my teammate to achieve some nice results. Goal is the best possible place in Virtual GP. Competition is truly strong this year. I can’t wait for the first race. There I will find out where I am this season and what to work on.

Michal Matoušek, 27, Prague

Gaming history…

I started playing games relatively young. First game I played on my own PC was a Windows game Pinball, then during my school years I played Counter Strike 1.5 and 1.6, Call of Duty and so on.

I always liked racing games like Need for Speed, but never really loved them. Yet for my first earned money I bought the Logitech G27 steering wheel and since then I’ve been hooked.

I played simulators like Assetto Corsa, still in BETA access at the time, Project CARS and last four years iRacing exclusively, that I consider the most comprehensive simulator with unmatched system for competitive racing.

Achievements…

The biggest experience was offline event in Denmark (GTR24h), where I attended an endurance race 24h Le Mans with friends from Slovakia and Denmark. Unique event with big tradition, that professional simracing teams attend.

Another crucial achievement was second place overall in endurance series EEC with HPD car. I also won some Special Events in iRacing (Daytona 24h, Le Mans 24h).

Practice…

Real and simulator racing are pretty similar. The vast majority of laps are in the practice sessions.

On the highest level with the fastest drivers in the world, you have to study what they are doing differently and you need to try to implement it to your own driving to better the lap time.

The following stands: “To be the best, you must race or learn from the best.”

To every race like Mercedes-Benz Virtual GP you drive around 200-400 laps. You need to discover the limit of a track and a car under the given conditions, you have racing simulations, qualification simulations, you come up with strategies for tyres and fuel.

Favourite car…

Every car, that I’m fast with, is myfavourite - lol. I’m not going to say a specific car, but my favourite category is GTE (GTLM), where you can find cars like Ferrari 488 GTE, BMW M8 GTE, Porsche RSR 991.

Upcoming season…

I can’t wait. I got the offer to race in VGP couple of years ago, when I attended the first tournament of the VGP organizers in Project CARS 2 for fun. Unfortunately, VGP was raced in the Assetto Corsa simulator back then and I was already hooked up in iRacing, so I kindly declined.

This year I expect even competition between the six fastest drivers. I believe that we will be between them with my teammate Lukáš. Also I don’t expect one driver to dominate the whole season like in previous years.

The main goal for Entropiq is to place in TOP3 teams.

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