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The 12 finalists competing to be named McLaren's World's Fastest Gamer

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In just a couple of weeks time, 12 of the world’s best eSports drivers will battle for a chance to win the greatest prize in gaming.

The challenge is simple. In November, one gamer will drive faster than the rest and be crowned the World’s Fastest Gamer.

And with that crown comes the dream job. One year's contract to become McLaren simulated Formula 1 driver. The winner will turn their passion into a career.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, the World’s Fastest Gamer will regularly work alongside McLaren F1 drivers Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso, impacting their cars for each race.

Of course, reaching the finals is an achievement in itself, meaning the competition is tough.

Twelve of the best eSports drivers across the world will battle it out, and these are their stories.

Isaac Price

Price booked his place in the finals after winning the Logitech G Championship Final, a journey that took him from Gloucester to Berlin, via Birmingham.

After hearing about the qualifying event at Insomnia 61 - the UK's biggest gaming festival, he picked up an Xbox en route to the Midlands, had one day's practice and won the whole thing.

That success took him to Germany where he battled for the championship in Berlin. He won again, booking his place in the World's Fastest Gamer finals.

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It's not always been plain sailing for Isaac though. At a young age, he suffered a bad accident while karting, when his foot got trapped between the two pedals.

He was in a wheelchair for a long time and feared he may lose his leg completely. To keep his spirits up, he took to driving games and has been competing ever since.

Being involved in Formula 1 has always been his dream and winning the finals would help him achieve that.

Henrik Christian Drue

Henrik is not your average gamer with an average job. He's a surgeon from Denmark, specialising in the field of radiology.

He won his place in the WFG finals by beating 26,000 others on the mobile app Gear.Club.

Finding the time to race can be difficult, but his quick thinking and quick reactions - traits he uses at work every day, ensure it can be rewarding.

In fact, those skills, paired with his judgment and focus, means he will be one of the toughest competitors in the finals this year.

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Ryan Moore

22-year-old Ryan believes there is no obstacle he can't overcome because he faces challenges every day.

The Texan has been gaming since he was four-years-old and still gets a buzz from it.

He has limited use of his right arm but knows he can overcome his disability to beat the best of the best in the finals.

For Ryan, there are no limitations and his opponents would be foolish to write him off before the competition in November.

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David Hoch

Hoch is the second American to make the finals and he's a student who resides in Aurora, Illinois.

He studies Electrical Engineering - the perfect course for someone who was obsessed with taking things apart as a kid.

Mechanically obsessed from a young age, he's built a number of guitars from scratch, earning the nickname CAR Harmonic.

He's been building a car with friends at college, meaning he knows his mechanics inside out.

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This kind of knowledge will serve him well in the WFG finals, which he qualified for through the CJ Wilson Racing 570 Challenge.

Rudy van Buren

Our next finalist, Rudy van Buren, hung up his racing helmet at the age of 16 but has risen through the ranks of virtual racing ever since.

His passion for speed is still there, even after winning numerous karting championships. But in 2006, the real world caught up with him and his father couldn't afford to pay for his racing anymore.

As a 16-year-old, it hit him hard. That's when he turned to eSports. He took victory in the rFactor 2 WFG tournament in August, qualifying for the finals.

Like so many others, he dreams of working with Formula 1 and is now so close to reaching his goal.

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Greger Huttu

Greger is one of the more experienced racers who will line up on the WFG finals grid in November. At 37 years of age, he's got 20 years of gaming under his belt.

He has over 100 senior eSports titles and has an incredible three-screen simulator set up at home.

The WFG finals will be a new challenge even for him, but the chance to become McLaren F1's simulated driver is one he doesn't want to pass up.

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Aurelien Malet

Malet is a professional gamer and current Forza champion. The Frenchman is one of the hot favourites to take the WFG title.

He loves motorsport and gaming and is one of the most competitive people you'll ever meet.

The 22-year-old hates losing and becoming McLaren's simulated driver will take him a step closer to his dream of becoming one of the fastest drivers on the planet.

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Bono Huis

Bono is a five-time Formula Sim eRacing champion and won his place in the WFG finals by winning the rFactor competition this year.

But he doesn't just race alone. He's part of Team Redline, the world's most successful virtual racing team. They've won hundreds of titles all over the world and Huis has been a key part.

Like his other competitors, he has no intention of missing the opportunity to work with McLaren and will fight to the very end to be successful in eSports once again.

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David Le Garff

Over the years, David has earned the nickname 'Driver One' and has already won 20 races this year.

He has vast experience and like Huttu, has been racing for over two decades.

He believes his skill can take him to the front of the finals grid and past that, hopes to use his knowledge when working with engineers at McLaren too.

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Harry Jacks

Jacks was the first competitor to book his place in the World's Fastest Gamer finals.

He's top of the world leaderboard across F1 games and has won on a variety of virtual tracks.

The Brit has been gripped by motorsport from a young age and loves pushing the boundaries of simulated physics.

He's held the number one spot on many different tracks over the last six years, so will fancy his chances of winning the tournament.

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Freek Schothorst

The Dutchman is one of Huis’s Redline teammates, meaning the pair should know each other well.

And through the competition, he’ll be hoping to make himself known to the other competitors.

Schothorst booked his place in November’s finals after winning the iRacing qualification series. But it’s not just eSports he enjoys.

The 20-year-old comes from a family obsessed with driving and racing is in their blood. His two brothers compete professionally, with one a GP3 Series driver and another challenging in the Blancpain GT Series.

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Yordi Maldonado

Completing the lineup for the World’s Fastest Gamer finals in November is Maldonado. The 20-year-old from Mexico City is studying a psychology degree at one of his country’s most famous universities, UNAM.

Alongside his study, he’s also Latin America’s World’s Fastest Gamer finalist. Like the other competitors, he dreams of being an F1 driver but soon after he started kart racing, he had to give it up due to health reasons.

Instead, he began simulated racing and now has an opportunity to become a member of the McLaren team.

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With so much talent on the grid, the 2017 winner will have to race out of their skin to be named the World's Fastest Gamer in November.

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