Rudy van Buren
Dutchman Rudy van Buren was the inaugural winner of McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer esports competition in 2017.
But WFG is far more than a gaming contest.
It pits gamers against each other in a series of gruelling physical, cognitive and driving assessments in order to offer the best possible candidate the ultimate prize in gaming – a season as an official simulator driver for the McLaren Formula 1 team.
Rudy’s prize made him the first simulator driver at McLaren to be recruited from the ranks of sim racers and console racers.
However, the 25-year-old’s formative career as a racer meant he was perfectly positioned to graduate from sim-racer to simulator rig. He raced competitively in his native Netherlands before increasing budget issues forced him to switch from a real racing car to a virtual one.
Since retiring from the cockpit in 2010, Rudy has won a string of online racing titles, primarily on rFactor 2, including a couple of clean-sweep victories where he has won every race in the series.
His victory in World’s Fastest Gamer, where he triumphed over 11 other international gamers across a week of intense competition, has revitalised his competitive spark. As our champion, he will help our simulator team to develop the tools it needs to find a performance advantage for our drivers, Fernando and Stoffel. And he will help to define and build the WFG platform as it continues to grow throughout its second season.
Follow Rudy on Twitter @RvBuren