Late last year Rudy van Buren, a sales manager from Lelystad in the Netherlands, beat more than 30,000 contestants to be crowned the World’s Fastest Gamer – the McLaren Formula 1 team’s ground-breaking esports competition that aimed to find the best virtual racing driver on the planet.
In the final round of the contest, an exacting four-hour assessment using McLaren’s state-of-the-art Formula 1 simulator, van Buren beat countryman Freek Schothorst, a 20-year-old science, business and innovation student from Amsterdam.
Van Buren’s prize was the greatest job in esports – becoming one of the F1 team’s official simulator drivers for the 2018 season.
Van Buren began racing karts aged eight, ultimately winning the Dutch Karting Championship in 2003. However, like many budding talents, he was forced to quit at the age of 16 due to lacking the financial backing needed to progress further.
However, World’s Fastest Gamer, which identifies racing talent through esports, has given van Buren a second chance at his motorsports career. He has automatically qualified for this year’s Race Of Champions and ROC Nations Cup, where he’ll be joined in Team Simracing All Stars by the winner of this year’s eROC competition.