I Am Hope

I AM HOPE aims to promote positive attitudinal societal change around mental health throughout New Zealand, and fund private care and counselling for young people stuck-in-the-mud on waiting lists. We offer hope and a voice to young people in our country through various projects including school tours, practical courses such as a barber and barista course, allowing people to share their own journeys through our podcast series 'HopeCast' and much more.

Visit I Am Hope website


Need someone to talk to? Text/call 1737 for free.


Previous Recipients

Last year our teams and generous partners contributions to the event supported two projects.

Sam The Barter Barbers donation has been used towards building a mobile barber shop for Sams travels while having crucial conversations with men about mental health


Sam from Tough Talks donation has been used towards recording of some new interviews with regards to mental health that are with the editor to be completed.

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Event Info

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Race Info


  • 20th November 2021
  • 58 available entries
  • iRacing platform
  • Broadcast Live by Sim Speed TV


  • 2 - 4 drivers.
  • $50 per team.


  • Watkins Glen International - Boot Layout



  • Audi R8 LMS
  • BMW M4 GT3
  • Ferrari 488 GT3 EVO
  • Porsche 911 GT3R
  • Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO
  • Mercedes AMG GT3


  • Server will open at 1pm
  • 1.5 hour practice.
  • 2:30 pm - 30 mins qualifying.
  • 3pm Race Start.
  • Oceanic Sim Racing - Manual safety car and race control.


Without the support and involvement from the Sim Racing and connected communities it would be hard work creating successful events with big attendance and great outcomes.

We love the whole Sim Racing community and this event will continue to grow and support causes that need it the most.

We are incredibly thankful for all your help.

Racing and Broadcast

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We are so lucky to have James helping us out this year, we can't wait for everyone to tune in to high quality production


NZ Sim Network


The race could go absolutely pear shaped without the help of Oceanic Sim Racing to take care of race control for us.

Sim Centers


Last years main sponsor and host for Race HQ - Racing Sims will be bringing their motion simulators to this years HQ in Timaru. Racing Sims can build the sim of your wildest desires, or you can take your mates and give them a thrashing at their race center in Kaiapoi, Christchurch.



The Ultimate Simulator Racing Experience

Rush Sim Racing located in Auckland uses the latest, most extreme state of the art full motion traction loss Motorsport Simulators and professional quality racing controls in our race centre. We are the New Zealand Suppliers for Simworx pedals, shifters and controls


The Cave New Zealand’s Best Virtual Reality & Entertainment Studios

The Cave - The gaming facilities with everything. Available for casual Solo & Multiplayer gaming, competitive eSports, birthday parties, corporate/team-building and education.


Good Bastards


Long time friend of the Virtual Motorsport NZ community, donating servers for our gaming needs, which is instrumental with our core beliefs of bringing the community together.

GNZServers was formed by gamers and community guys who decided they wanted to do more than just offer gameservers for their own group of players; they wanted everyone to be able to access a gameserver of the same quality as theirs, at prices that won't break the bank.


Jinx Shifters Simulation Sequential Brake Bias

Want to feel like a supercar driver? Of course you do. If you are looking for the best shifter and brake bias setup for your badass sim then look no further. If you want it for your real car? You can have that too. And a hydraulic handbrake? Yeah that's on the way.


Simon has also kindly donated a Jinx Shifters T-Shirt and Cap to give away to one of our racers.


Sim Blacks high end simulation equipment

SIMBLACKS stocks all of the best equipment available for sim racing, if they don't have it they'll get it. Get in touch with Stefan if you want the best of the best.



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Brendon makes custom button boxes for the NZ sim racing market, and has kindly donated one button box to the value of $250!


Contact Brendon on 021 340 387


Renting Virtual Reality, shipped New Zealand wide with Courier Post, such as Valve Index, Oculus Quest 2, HP Reverb G2, Pimax 8K X and much more; giving people entirely new experiences, and making corporate events be something truly memorable!

Graham has also kindly donated two VR sets for our public use at our Race Central!


MRX Race Sims

NZ designed and produced racing simulator chassis and our most impressive contribution to last years event!


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Social media, design and signage solutions for the promotion of the event online and locally




Next-Generation of projection screens for Ultimate Mixed Reality: The Simpit projection system is built on a revolutionary screen surface that delivers naturally looking environment that fuses reality and virtual space into one near seamless experience.


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Speed Nation has been created out of the need for there to be one destination for consumers in NZ, to shop all Racing and Flight Simulator product. Through our own personal passion towards the product, we have created a destination for enthusiasts to find the best product in the market, with a top level of service.



Outlaw Sims Limited specializes in the creation of sprint car/midget simulators. Using 1:1 replication with all the controls being truly authentic. If you are serious about dirt racing then no other simulator will compare.

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Mid & South Canterbury Road Safety ( MSCRS ) is tasked with promoting road safety and educating the community on safer road use. It is their aim to reduce the amount of incidences of road trauma and crashes throughout Mid & South Canterbury. They work closely with other road safety partners, like Police, engineers, MoT, AA, and ACC to achieve this goal.


It's a pleasure to have them join us.



Building everything locally from outdoor living to new houses and that second story you want. Craig will be joining us on the day at the center and has kindly offered up $200 local restaurant vouchers for a lucky sim team that race at the HQ to go on a lovely date together.


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My Refund Limited an Income Advisory Service helping New Zealanders with their taxes for over 10yrs… we love the unique way Virtual Motorsport is raising awareness and funds for organisations that help support the mental health of kiwis…and who doesn’t love a bit of racing?


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Sideways Photography is a Media based company focusing on taking Imagery / Videography on the iRacing platform. Rob Carmichael has been running Sideways Photography for 2 years, and is currently the photographer for V8SCOPS. We at Sideways Photography is again honoured of taking photos for the #IAMHOPE Fundraiser event.

Sideways Photography

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SDI Ltd is a small firm started in 1987. Specialise in office fit outs, light commercial, schools and residential. No job too small or large. A great team of builders offer a stress free building experience.

Steve has also kindly donated another TWO button boxes from Diverse Technologies

Contact Steve on 0274909308.

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Define Structure Architecture is a Building Design Company based in Stratford – Central Taranaki.

DSA Design offer 3D realistic technology that enables customers to experience what their project will look like on completion..

Wayne is a key player in the sim racing community, co organizing V8 Supercar leagues.



OK Motorsports Media & Graphics offers high quality paint liveries, promotional videos and race photos on the iRacing platform.

Brett is also donating a massive $300 in pbtech vouchers.

OK Motorsport Media and Graphics

Team Registration

Any questions ask Ash through the Virtual Motorsport NZ Facebook Page or Group