In 2005, Gabriele Tarquini, Andy Priaulx and Rob Huff were competing in the first season of the WTCC, Yvan Muller was battling in the BTCC, and Thed Björk was on his way to STCC title. In that year, Tiago Monteiro also secured a podium result in Formula 1. Meanwhile, Norbert Michelisz was a student at the University of Pécs, and was playing a Grand Prix Legends video game. He was so successful in the online championships it attracted the attention of Gábor Wéber, and through his involvement, Michelisz got to test a real car on a real race track. The rest is history.

"With the progress racing games have made, in a couple of years I'm sure the online virtual world will be the best place to look for talented young drivers. I think people have realised this and it's not a coincidence that more and more initiatives like ours are starting up."

Norbert Michelisz

The skills acquired in simulator racing are an excellent base for motorsport. We founded the M1RA e-sports department in 2019, as this will further build our collective knowledge at team level, and our experience in traditional and virtual racing will aid other. In principle, the opportunity exists for our e-sport pilots to test themselves in a real racing car, as Norbert Michelisz did back in 2005. However, our main goal is to develop our knowledge at the best possible level in virtual racing against the strongest opponents, so we have been planned to enter into the FIA WTCR official simulator championship in the first year of their e-sports programme.



Gergő Báldi

One day in the online championship called Race of Champions, he ended up competing against Norbert Michelisz. This is what led him to take the competition more seriously. He won five championship titles in Virtual SimRacing. In 2017, he finished second in the FIA WTCC esports championship. He’s proved himself in real race cars, when in 2016 he became the Hungarian national champion, driving a Suzuki Swift.

Bence Zsupanek

He won the Virtual SimRacing GP2 championship, and the Le Mans 12-hour virtual endurance competition in 2014. Following this, he drew the attention of teams interested in international series, and subsequently he entered the GPVWC Formula Challenge in 2015 and won his first international race in Barcelona. He finished third in the championship and was the most successful junior. Later, he finished third in the GPVWC Supercup.

Dávid Nagy

This simulator competitor from Hajdúböszörmény has raced with rFactor, Race 07, rFactor 2, Assetto Corsa and RaceRoom. He was a participant of the Virtual SimRace, where he won several championship titles in Race 07. In 2017, in the WTCC official esports championship, he finished tenth. In the 2019 German final of the ADAC GT Masters virtual championship he finished in fourth place in his team with Gergő Báldi.

Zoltán Csuti

Csuti works as a mechanical engineer in Kecskemét and has been competing with simulators since 2010. He won the MASZOSZ national championship title of the Formula 1 series in 2012. In the same year, he finished third in the World Cup organised by Formula SimRacing. In 2014 he won the Virtual SimRacing Formula Masters championship, and won a test session in a Suzuki Swift Cup race car at the Euroring.