BBC Children in Need gets into sim racing, uses F1 23 to raise awareness

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The children and young people charity is at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where the quickest participants have the chance of appearing on TV later in the year.
BBC Children in Need gets into sim racing, uses F1 23 to raise funds

Visitors to the event between 13th-16th July 2023 can test their skills on two Children in Need branded simulator set-ups within the heycar stand. EA Sports F1 23 is then used to set a lap time around Silverstone, with the best times appearing on a leaderboard.

From here, the top 50 entrants, open to those aged 16 and above, will be entered into a ballot. Two will be chosen at random to appear on the live BBC Children in Need Appeal television broadcast in November, on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

BBC Children in Need F1 23, Goodwood 2023

The initiative debuted at the British Grand Prix earlier this month, and after Goodwood will head to various events across the UK.

“We are delighted to be working with Formula 1, heycar and EA SPORTS as we take our Sim Rig tour to the Festival of Speed,” said Tommy Nagra, Director of Content at BBC Children in Need.

“We can’t wait to see attendees get in the driving seat and compete for the fastest lap time – it’s sure to be a lot of fun!”

F1 23 Children in Need

Those who participate can donate to the cause, should they choose, by simply scanning the QR code on the back of the cockpit. Since 1927, BBC Children in Need funds charities and projects that support children’s mental health and wellbeing. One of its current aims is to showcase the positive social impact of gaming.

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