With just weeks until the World’s Fastest Gamer Competition finals are held at McLaren’s Technology Centre in Woking, here’s an overview of the tournament so far.
iRacing World Championship driver Freek Schothorst has booked his place in November’s finals, after winning the iRacing qualification series. He beat fellow World Championship driver Davy Decorps over the four-week season.
With that win, Schothorst has a shot at the greatest prize in eSports. The finals’ winner will spend a year as McLaren’s Formula 1 simulated driver, working closely with the likes of Stoffel Vandoorne, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
Alongside Schothorst, 11 other divers will compete in the World’s Fastest Gamer finals. One of those, Rudy van Buren, secured his place through winning the rFactor 2 final.
The Dutch driver held off strong competition to finish first in a 30 minute simulated race around the Silverstone National Circuit in September.
Like those two, Henrik Christian Drue booked his place in the finals after holding off competition from many others. He beat 26,000 drivers on Gear.Club, the realistic mobile racing app.
Ryan Moore and David Hoch will also be lining up in the finals, with the latter booking his place after winning the CJ Wilson Racing 570 Challenge.
Greger Huttu, Bono Huis and Aurelien Malet will join them on the grid.
Malet is a professional gamer and Forza champion who will fancy his chances of being named the World’s Fastest Gamer, but he’ll have to hold off the competition from Huis, a former Formula E eRace winner and the 20 years of gaming experience Huttu has.
David Le Garff, Jordi Maldonado, Isaac Price and Harry Jacks complete the lineup of finalists and there’s a lot of racing talent between them.
Jacks was the first man to book his place in the finals and is one of the hot favourites to take the title.
Over the last six years, he’s been on top of global leaderboards across a number of games and tracks, proving he really is one of the fastest in the world.
Truly, any one of those 12 qualified could become McLaren’s next simulated driver and it’s not long until we find out who will win the biggest prize in eSports gaming this November.