Rudy van Buren, the inaugural champion of the World’s Fastest Gamer esports competition, has joined Mahindra Racing as its second simulator development driver.
The 27-year-old will work alongside existing sim driver Sam Dejonghe on Mahindra’s simulation program throughout the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.
Van Buren beat 30,000 applicants in the inaugural running of the World’s Fastest Gamer competition and was awarded a year’s contract as one of McLaren F1 Team’s simulator drivers.
“After doing various simulator days at the end of Season Five, I’m very happy to officially join Mahindra Racing as their simulator development driver for the upcoming season,” he said.
“With the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship starting in two weeks’ time, the demands on the simulator team increase. I’m ready to get going and support the team in getting the best possible result.”
Added Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill: “We’re delighted to have Rudy join the Mahindra Racing team.
“His wealth of simulation and esports experience will provide us with additional race support back at base in Oxfordshire throughout Season Six.
“When Rudy came in last year to support us on an ad-hoc basis, we were all impressed with his determination and drive to succeed, so it was an easy decision to have him officially join us.”