- Lets Go Racing channel recaps 12-day USA motorsport tour
- 10-part YouTube series takes viewers behind the scenes
- Series follows the journey of 10 leading gamers including winner James Baldwin
- Series brings together Torque Esports-owned properties World’s Fastest Gamer and Lets Go Racing
SILVERSTONE, UK, (Thursday, November 7, 2019) – The innovative World’s Fastest Gamer #GamerToRacer competition today launches a behind-the-scenes YouTube series with leading motorsport and gaming channel, Lets Go Racing.
World’s Fastest Gamer took ten of the greatest esports racers from around the world to the US for a 12-day non-stop motorsport tour.
From Las Vegas to Los Angeles; up the California coast to San Francisco and back to Vegas – the 10 gamers were tested in game and on track to find the best of the best.
While Las Vegas is renowned for its famous saying “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” – that won’t be the case for World’s Fastest Gamer.
In addition to a six-part documentary series headed to TV screens in 2020, the race to earn a real-world, full-time race seat won by British gamer James Baldwin will be showcased online on YouTube on Lets Go Racing in “Behind the Scenes of WFG”.
The 10-part series is hosted by renowned esports shoutcaster and amatuer Canadian racer Matt “@Sadokist” Trivett. He and the Lets Go Racing YouTube team followed Baldwin and fellow finalists Max Benecke, Mitchell de Jong, Sebastian Job, Erhan Jajovski, Aurelien Mallet, Riley Gerster, Kamil Pawlowski, Fabian Portilla and Jonathan Wong throughout the 12-day tour.
The YouTube series brings together Torque Esports’ owned properties World’s Fastest Gamer and Lets Go Racing as “co-drivers” in showcasing the #GamerToRacer concept pioneered by Torque Esports President and CEO, Darren Cox.
“World’s Fastest Gamer content on Lets Go Racing has already attracted more than two million views and we’re looking forward to using their amazing platform to take fans behind the scenes and showcase the amazing experience these gamers went through,” Cox said.
“The experiences the 10 finalists went through will live for them for a very long time. From driving supercars in Vegas to racing through ‘The Corkscrew’ at Laguna Seca and even driving an 800 horsepower sprintcar on dirt – every day was a new surprise for them.
“The YouTube series will also take a look at the esports events including our rooftop race in downtown Los Angeles and on Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay as well as their chance to work with Formula 1 legends Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello.”
Montoya worked alongside mentors Jann Mardenborough and Rudy van Buren as the head judge for the competition. For the final day of competition, Montoya brought along his former F1 rival, close friend and fellow esports enthusiast Rubens Barrichello to help decide who would be the winner.
The World’s Fastest Gamer winner, 22-year-old Brit, James Baldwin earned a real-world, full-time race seat for 2020 valued at more than US$1 million.
“I did two race weekends in Formula Ford when I was 16 but my funding ran out and I thought my race career was over,” Baldwin said.
“Since I was eight, I’ve wanted to be a racing driver. I thought after Formula Ford, that was it, but now I’m going to be a racing driver in 2020.
“These two weeks have been amazing. We’ve seen so many views, driven so many cars on so many tracks and met so many people. We did it so fast that some things you do forget, but that’s why we have photos and videos and people documenting all of it.
“I can’t wait to just sit down and watch it all back and relive it.”
Season one of World’s Fastest Gamer was shown around the world reaching more than 400 million viewers across leading networks including ESPN, Sky, CNBC and Fox Sports.
Season two will expand from a four-part to a six-part series and will debut early in 2020.