The World’s Fastest Gamer season 2 winner James Baldwin has been handed a dream drive with 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button’s GT team – Jenson Team Rocket RJN – in the 2020 GT World Challenge Endurance Championship.
Baldwin will race across Europe in a McLaren 720S GT3 in the team that was formed in 2019 between ex-F1 World Champion Jenson Button, his close friend Chris Buncombe and long-standing team owner, Bob Neville.
The British gamer won his US$1M prize by competing against 10 of the world’s best esports racers in a 12-day final on the west coast of the USA in October last year. From simulator races, to challenges of physical strength and real-world track time, Baldwin emerged on top of the competition and was crowned the winner of the second season of World’s Fastest Gamer.
“I’ve seen in the past how it’s possible for virtual racers to make it in the real-world racing such as Jann Mardenborough who I raced against for the past couple of seasons in Super GT,” Button said.
“And, of course, I am always proud to support another young British driver getting his chance in motorsport, no matter how he gets into the sport. I look forward to welcoming James to our team and wish him all the best in his inaugural season.”
Jenson Team Rocket RJN Team Principal Bob Neville saw Baldwin perform during his training and development programme and was immediately impressed, opening the door for the gamer-to-racer to drive for the team on some of the biggest stages in GT racing.
“When I got the news that I would be racing GT3, I was really excited; it’s very cool. But, at the same time, I don’t want it to overwhelm me. It’s an opportunity I want to make the most of,” Baldwin said.
“My expectations for 2020 are get used to it as quickly as possible, be clean, be fast and, if it’s possible, to win the pro-am championship—I think that has to be the goal.
“Without World’s Fastest Gamer, I wouldn’t be racing right now. I’m eternally thankful for that. But, now I’ve got it, and it’s time to do the business and not keep seeing it as a dream, because it can be a reality, it’s not far away. Now I just need to excel on track.
“I’m so thankful to WFG and Torque Esport for the opportunity and for putting this together. Learning from such an experienced group of individuals involved in the team and racing at events like the Spa 24, it exceeds any expectation I could have ever had.”
Source: Rocket Motorsports