- Winner to race for real at the most iconic circuits in the world
- Millennial Esports partners with R-Motorsport to provide prize exclusively in Aston Martin race cars
- F1 and Indy 500 winner Juan-Pablo Montoya to lead judging panel
- WFG season one TV show reached 400 Million households
Today marks the launch of World’s Fastest Gamer season two – bringing together 10 of the fastest esports racers on the planet to battle it out to win a year racing for real at some of the world’s most iconic circuits with leading race team, R-Motorsport.
The winner will become a professional driver and race Aston Martins with R-Motorsport at iconic circuits such as Monza, Paul Ricard, Brands Hatch, Nurburgring, and in the Spa-Francorchamps and Daytona 24 hours.
Eight of the finalists have been selected from the biggest esports racing championships of 2019. A further two will be decided through wild card qualifiers held in the coming weeks, one in association with Gear.Club exclusively on mobile, the other online with rFactor 2.
The finalists will undergo a rigorous selection process in the UK, asked to show both their gaming abilities and their on-track potential. The six fastest gamers will fly to R-Motorsport’s’ impressive HQ in St Gallen, Switzerland, where six will become two through an intensive four-day set of challenges. The final two gamers will then face an on-track shoot out in front of huge crowds at the 2019 DTM finale at Hockenheim, Germany.
At each step of the final, head judge Juan-Pablo Montoya, alongside season one winner Rudy Van Buren, will decide who has what it takes to go on to try and claim the prize worth in excess of $1 Million.
Montoya, a two-time Indy 500 winner, Monaco Formula One Grand Prix winner and three-time Daytona 24 hours winner, is well placed to pick a worthy winner from the hopefuls.
“I have raced online for several years and use simulators to this day to stay sharp,” Montoya said. “I know that there is huge talent in the virtual world because I was regularly beaten by gamers when I raced against them! I know the skills between real and virtual are completely transferable, so my job on WFG is to make sure these gamers are hungry and perform under the pressure I intend to put them under.”
Van Buren won a contract to be an F1 simulator driver with his victory in WFG season one. His story was watched by millions online and reached 400 million households with broadcasters such as ESPN, CNBC, Sky and Fox showing the four-part TV reality series to its gaming and motorsport audiences to significant acclaim.
Founder of World’s Fastest Gamer, Darren Cox, Millennial Esports Corp President, Darren Cox believes the World’s Fastest Gamer competition has the potential to unearth new motorsport talent – a driver who without the competition would never have had the opportunity to compete at this level.
“World’s Fastest Gamer is back with the biggest prize in the industry and it will be won by the most talented gamer, not the driver with the biggest budget,” Cox said. “Esports racing has grown significantly since our first project more than ten years ago, but still there is a huge talent pool out there, undiscovered. WFG is the bridge between the virtual and real worlds for gamers, drivers and fans and we will again provide unparalleled access to both sides of our sport through all available digital and broadcast platforms.”
R-Motorsport was founded in 2014 and has quickly established itself as one of the world’s top GT and touring car racing teams in the world.
“In our short history R-Motorsport have had great success and impact on track with Aston Martin,” R Motorsport’s Co-owner and Team Principal Florian Kamelger said. “With Darren’s team at Millennial Esports we now have a foot in the virtual world that provides our partners with a new platform within Motorsport. To see the transformation of the World’s Fastest Gamer into professional racing drivers in our fleet of Aston Martins will be another step in establishing R-Motorsport as one of the leading entities in international Motorsport.”
The R-Motorsport squad has extensive experience racing Aston Martin entries at the highest level in global motorsport championships including the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Blancpain GT Series throughout Europe and the world’s most important international touring car championship, the DTM.