The Australian Grand Prix has come and gone, but Alienware have a cool thing going at Melbourne’s Fortress where punters can win stuff for setting top lap times at the virtual Albert Park circuit.

Four custom-built simulator rigs have been set up, featuring seriously cool Alienware Aurora R13 Gaming Desktop Towers powering the F1 2021 game, complete with control via Logitech racing wheels and vision from 34″ Alienware curved QD-OLED monitors.

We weren’t the only ones to check the setup out, with McLaren racer Lando Norris popping by to set his own track record. He managed 1:24.510, a time that was soon beaten by almost three seconds by punters keen to show off their skill at staying on the grey bit of the world class Albert Park circuit.

McLaren fans will be hoping that Lando will be setting better times this coming weekend.

Interestingly, it was playing racing games that got Lando his start, says the champ.

“It’s helped me since I started, so in 2008, 2009. In fact, I started gaming and playing Gran Turismo when I was four years old, so it’s actually where my racing career and appetite started, racing against my Dad. So, I love gaming and my own simulators because overall, I love racing more than anything else, and I love playing on a simulator and just trying to get as much of that real sensation as possible”

The event at Fortess Melbourne, Defy Your Boundaries: Take the Wheel, runs until April 13, and is free to play. Daily winners compete for official McLaren team merch – as well as, of course, bragging rights!

Alienware Aurora R13 at JB Hi-Fi.

Here are some shots from the launch event for Defy Your Boundaries: Take the Wheel: