„The ultimate goal of any endurance racer is to go to France and win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.“ (C. J. Wilson)
The fascination was always there – even in early childhood, Porsche and motorsports have thrilled the American baseball star C. J. Wilson. His greatest dream? Participating in the toughest race of the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, even just once. On a professional level, including lap times.
As experienced and successful pitcher in Major League Baseball, Wilson knows that he has to undergo vigorous training to achieve this goal. He already has his own racing team based in the USA, the C. J. Wilson Racing Team. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is just one of the races his team participates in.
And a constant companion is his wish to participate in Le Mans. Just this year he went there in person to get an impression of the track. As a member of the audience, at least.
To enable him to accurately judge the track as a driver, he trained in one of the few top simulators in Europe for a day.
The training center is located just south-east of Paris. With its highly technological and analytical training, it has been a place of preparation for race drivers since 2010. The simulator’s elaborate hard- and software makes it possible to simulate every race car, right down to the tiniest of details.
Beyond the fully developed technical possibilities of vehicle setup, are the tracks true to the originals. A selection of 50 race tracks, measured with lasers, is available to drivers. Every bump and every quirk of the circuits can be experienced. The simulator technology even allows a separate activation of hydraulics to transmit acceleration, braking maneuvers and centrifugal forces directly onto the pilot seat.
One of the 50 tracks: the legendary race track in Le Mans. In three sets of ten rounds, Wilson covered the mother of all tracks in the simulator. At the same time, all telemetric data is analyzed in the control center with an accuracy of a fraction of a second. Through a connected headset, Wilson received feedback to braking and acceleration maneuvers, all while still training. Additionally, he could check the graphical presentation of his data after each stint. By comparing his own data and performance to that of a professional race driver, he could optimize his own abilities to match.
And it paid off. With each stint, Wilson boosted his round times and came close to professional level in the last few rounds.
For the highly-motivated Wilson, it’s a dry run to achieve his goal. And a milestone on his way to Le Mans.
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