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These are the five men judging McLaren's World's Fastest Gamer Finals

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In less than a week's time, McLaren will have selected its next simulated Formula 1 driver through their World's Fastest Gamer competition. 

11 gamers reached the finals, which are taking place at McLaren's Technology Centre in Woking over the next few days - and each have a chance to land their dream job. 

The path to the finals has not been easy.

Six competitors had to qualify for the tournament through various platforms and being the best in competitions raced using rFactor, iRacing and the mobile app Gear.Club.  

The remaining five finalists were hand-picked by a judging panel, who are looking for the best virtual driver on the planet to become McLaren's next simulated driver. 

One man alone wouldn't be able to judge the type of gamer best suited to this role. That's why a panel of five, each with different backgrounds and careers, were asked to select the finalists. 

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The panel has expertise in everything required to work at McLaren, so for the gamers who were picked for the final, that should be an achievement alone. 

As they're now familiar with the judges, it's time for everyone else to get to know them too. 

Zak Brown - Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group

Brown is responsible for the commercial and strategic operations of McLaren and played a critical role in helping them become one of Formula 1's most ambitious teams. 

He joined McLaren in 2016 after years working as Chief Executive Officer for motorsport's most successful marketing agency, JMI. 

The American is a passionate racer and himself competes as a partner and driver in the Anglo-American racing team United Autosports.

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Darren Cox - Founder, Ideas and Cars CMO, Millenial esports

Cox describes himself as 'consciously reckless' and credits that as part of the reason he's now one of the leaders of the virtual racing world. 

In 2016, he launched the first ever professional Virtual Race Team, eSPORTS+CARS.

Cox aimed to provide a window into online racing, allowing his team to compete across multiple platforms and win championships wherever they played.

After starting out with GT Academy a decade ago, he now wants to take online racing to the next level.

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Michael Collier - Head of Human Performance at McLaren Applied Technologies

Collier has an incredible 15 years of experience working in the industry of human performance.

He's worked with a number of elite sportsmen and more recently has been looking after McLaren-Honda F1 driver Jenson Button for the past 10 years. 

He heads a Human Performance Programme that combines cutting-edge medical technologies and data analytics to create unique insights, leading to peak performance for whoever he takes care of. 

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Mark Temple - Race Engineer at McLaren Racing 

Temple's been working with McLaren since 2003 and had dreamed of working in Formula 1 since the age of six. 

In 2010, he became a Race Performance Engineer and worked with Lewis Hamilton for two years, realising the dream he'd had from a very young age. 

Temple's continued to work in that role ever since and is still responsible for leading the operation
and setup of the McLaren car during race weekends.

He also works closely with the drivers to help them get peak performance from the car and themselves. 

Hamilton isn't the only big racing name he's worked with. Over the years, Temple's been a Race Engineer for Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso too.

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Oliver Turvey - Test and Development Driver 

As a test driver, Turvey's great talents are only really showcased to a close group of engineers he works with on a regular basis. 

His main job is to steer development and help the setup of McLaren F1 cars for the race drivers, but outside of work, his own driving ability has always caught attention.

The Brit had stints in Formula BMW, Italian Formula Renault Championships, the Formula Renault Eurocup and won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award in 2006. 

Impressively, while studying engineering at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam College in 2008, he was
awarded the honour of Full Blue, the college city’s highest sporting accolade.

Now at McLaren, Turvey is able to work with the team's engineers and as a graduate engineer himself, he's proving very important to McLaren. 

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It's fair to say there's a lot to admire about each judge and their range of skills.

Next week we'll find out if one of the five racers they picked will win the competition, or if it's a qualified wildcard who takes the contract to become McLaren's next simulated driver. 

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