Gaming has changed so much over the last few years that it’s something that’s being taken very seriously by companies from all walks of life. When it comes to the racing genre it’s something that’s starting to benefit gamers in the real world. A few years back the Sony Playstation GT Academy started it off by finding new drivers for Nissan by looking at fantastic gamers. It was a huge success, and now the McLaren F1 team is getting in on the action. They’ve just hired a very competitive gamer to help them with the Championship in the real world.
Finding the right person to drive a simulator to test new parts on a car is no easy task. Most real-world drivers require the need to feel that engine behind them, but it’s not the case with gamers. Meet Rudy van Buren from Leylstad, Netherlands who was once an actual Dutch karting champion who turned into a gamer. He caught the eye of the McLaren F1 team thanks to his success in the world of simulation racing and has been hired as their simulation driver in the competitive world of F1. Here is what he had to say:
You search for a replacement because you’ve still got that racing feeling inside you. You want to go on, but there’s no option or route available. That burn inside to win, doing a lap quicker and quicker, lap after lap, it’s a feeling that you can’t express. Every boy that starts karting dreams about F1, and at a certain point that dream just vanishes. Now by winning World’s Fastest Gamer, I can relive that dream.
It’s fantastic to see someone with real passion for the sport excel in the gaming world as well and to be noticed by a company such as McLaren. He has been handed a one-year contract with the team and will leave his job as a sales manager in the Netherlands and head to England to fulfil his dream. Shows you, anything is possible.