LGBT+ Hinckley hosting 24-hour virtual race

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 9 July 2020

HINCKLEY’s very own local LGBT+ group, LGBT+ Hinckley, are set to host a 24-hour long virtual Le Mans-style race on the video-game live-streaming service, Twitch.

The virtual race will take place on Friday 31 July at 7pm and shall run for a grand total of 24 hours. At the time of publication (9 July), supporters of the event have already raised a grand total of £297 of their £500 goal.

The event has very kindly been sponsored by Earl Shilton’s Dominos Pizza franchise, Hinckley’s Regent Street-based pizzeria, Ponchinellos, and Stottie Shop.

The team of drivers for the race is a team of three, consisting of LGBT+ Hinckley founder, Martin Bowie, Martin’s brother and LGBT+ ally, Andrew Wileman, and avid gamer, Matthew Robinson, who has landed himself a few TV and film appearances in the past.

The three drivers will be taking it in turns driving in two-hour stints before switching with each other. They will be taking on 19 other cars that are powered by ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI) in game, on the “Professional” level.

Speaking to the Hinckley Free Press about the race, Martin Bowie, Founder of LGBT+ Hinckley, said: “We are expecting to drive 2880 miles during the race. This is equivalent to driving to Hinckley to Vienna, Austria and back again.

“Each driver is expecting to cover at least 960 miles each. Again, to give some perspective on that, the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats is 837 miles.”

LGBT Hinckley are holding the fundraiser to raise money for future events and projects for the local LGBT community.

If you would like to donate and help raise funds for LGBT Hinckley, you can do so at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lgbthinckley.

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