British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) drivers are getting to know circuits bycompeting on computers.
A virtual racing system is being installed at four UK racetracks that willhost heats of the BTCC.
The PlayStation 2 version of the TOCA Race Driver game is being used to help the drivers rehearse tactics and routes through the courses.
The virtual racing system has been set up by Octagon Motorsports, whichadministers four of the circuits used in the championships.
The deal with games writers Codemasters will also see training pods installed at the three racing schools owned and operated by Octagon.
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