Hurtling round the track, millimetres from the wall, nailing your braking points, and experiencing the thrill of pulling off that crucial last lap overtake. I love motorsport but I don’t love some of the limitations.
Enter sim racing.
I’ve been competing seriously in sim racing for a number of years, representing New Zealand and my previous team Esports+Cars, in everything from small local tournaments right up to the biggest stage at world wide tournaments for Esports WRC and the FIA Gran Turismo Championship.
Esports WRC is where my journey into competitive sim racing began. Originally I raced in the WRC games casually but after seeing good results I started pushing a bit harder, I saw even better results so pushed even harder in a feedback loop that ended up with me racing against many of the best in the world. More recently I’ve had a lot of fun and success switching to track racing mainly through Gran Turismo Sport. GT Sport has provided plenty of opportunities itself but also helped me improve on driving skills that have translated to my real world racing efforts.
- NZ Esports Racing Series – 3rd overall after finals in Wellington
- Qualified for the New Zealand Esports team, the E Blacks
- Logitech McLaren G Challenge – Semi finalist for Stock cars and Open wheel
- FIA Rally Star – Continental Finalist in India
- Logitech McLaren G Challenge – Finalist (top on PS4)
- Esports Rally NZ – 2nd place at the finals in Auckland
- 2kcup iRacing Series – 4th overall
- LetsPlayLive Summer Series Champion
- Logitech G Challenge – 4th in Melbourne APAC Finals
- LetsPlayLive Project Cars ANZ Finalist – 2nd in the finals
- FIA GT Championship World Tour competitor in New York
- LetsPlayLive Project Cars ANZ Finalist – 4th overall
- Driven Racing Champion – An NZ GT Sport championship
- Logitech G Challenge – 4th in Australia/New Zealand on GT Sport
- FIA GT Championship Regional Finalist competing in Tokyo
- Esports WRC Season 3 – 14th overall – 3rd in teams championship
- Esports WRC Season 2 – 5th overall at the world finals in Germany
- GT Sport NZ Championship – 2nd place
- GT Sport Armageddon NZ Champion
- Esports WRC Season 1 Semi Finalist
While I love driving I also love talking about racing and do a fair bit of both on my twitch streams and when commentating on small racing tournaments.
My streams are focused on racing while having a chat about everything from which car is coolest and how to improve your driving to what are the best sandwich ingredients and the importance of voting.
Commentary is also something I really enjoy and while I’m no expert (yet) I still have a lot of fun with it and find others enjoy it to. Mostly I’ve shout casted my own local tournaments that I organise, most recently of which is called Kiwi Touring Cars and features some of the best drivers in New Zealand.
My first ever video game as a kid was TG Rally on the Game Boy Advance, an indication of just how long ago my passion for motorsport formed. To this day I can still distinctly remember the co-drivers voice from that game, specifically the line “get on the road!” which I heard an uncountable number of times as a kid. I’ve been playing racing games ever since those early TG Rally days, having a lot of fun in a variety of different racing games and motorsport disciplines, but also a whole variety of other genres of games. I’ll try anything that isn’t a shooter basically, I’m terrible at those.
These days I don’t have time for many games outside of motorsport but I do really enjoy and highly recommend Rocket League.