The Goulburn Valley can lay claim to a Bathurst 1000 winner, of the virtual world.
Nagambie’s Jacob Harvey clinched the inaugural eSports Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 champion title on the eve of the big race yesterday.
Speaking from Bathurst yesterday, Mr Harvey was watching as his physical world counterparts battled the Mt Panorama circuit.
Mr Harvey had the chance to live the real world Bathurst experience on the weekend, including hot laps and even enjoying a game with some of the pros.
Supercars roared in the background as the 23-year-old recounted his come-from-behind victory on the weekend, culminating in a champagne shower and accompanying trophy.
After a wide turn out of the pit lane on the virtual Mt Panorama circuit, Mr Harvey feared the worst — his chance at the title had hit the skids.
But through driving finesse, Mr Harvey reclaimed the lead before coasting home to claim the chequered flag.
The long-time racing fan, having played the Forza series for a number of years, qualified second on the grid for Saturday’s race.
‘‘I took the lead early on ... I had about a 100m lead ... the other blokes started closing up,’’ Mr Harvey said.
And despite running wide and being passed, Mr Harvey regained the lead at the top of the mountain and held on to until the end.
He said difficult (virtual) conditions meant leading the race proved difficult as visibility was low.
‘‘It was very difficult to see the race markers,’’ he said.
Mr Harvey has not put much thought into how he will celebrate the victory yet but said managing to come out on top was ‘‘awesome’’.
‘‘Becoming the first (victor), is definitely something special to me,’’ he said.