After intense competition over twelve days, Britain’s James Baldwin was named World’s Fastest Gamer in Las Vegas yesterday.
Baldwin began the final race from second, behind Mitchel DeJong. After overtaking the American, Baldwin built a gap of ten seconds and went on to win the race.
Head judge, Juan Pablo Montoya said, “To decide on James personally is that he was just a little more complete,” after announcing the winner. “Whenever James got out of the car, when things weren’t perfect—like today with the one-lap shootout where he made a mistake and ended up second—he owned up to his mistakes but was still confident in himself.
“Today, he made a mistake in qualifying but thought his race pace would be better than the competitors. It might sound cocky, but it’s important that he’s confident and believes in his ability.
The prize is a full-time drive next year, worth $1 million. Once back in the UK Baldwin will begin an intense driver development program over the winter before his professional racing debut next year.
Baldwin said, “It feels surreal to be the World’s Fastest Gamer, I don’t believe it yet, and I won’t believe it for a few days. My whole career, my whole life almost has revolved around racing. This makes it all worth it.”
His only experience of racing comes from karting and some time in Formula Ford, but like most sim racers, he lacked funding, now that changes.