Brendon Leigh (United Kingdom) took the first ever F1 Esports Series title in an amazing deciding race that kept the F1 press room, paddock, TV and online audiences enthralled. The ESPORTS+CARS driver took the lead in an audacious move on the last lap of a three race series to clam the new virtual title.
ESPORTS+CARS boasted 5 drivers from the 20 qualifiers. In a week where esports racing suddenly became one of the main stories in motorsport the ESPORTS+CARS driver provided the exciting conclusion.
ESPORTS+CARS Team Principal Darren Cox hailed his new champion and the new dawn for esports racing. “Brendon drove like a true professional and his character shone through. Somehow his finger wagging is already a GIF!. I have been involved in the virtual side of our sport for 10 years and have seen it grow. The last 7 days have really seen a tipping point. Our Worlds Fastest Gamer project with McLaren is the new reference for esports racing and now to have helped Brendon to this title is the virtual cherry on the cake!”
New F1 Esports Series Champion Brendon Leigh was humble whilst accepting his victory “I am so happy and emotional at the moment. This is an amazing moment for me and my sport. The two other guys on the podium are amongst the best in the world and I look forward to racing against them again really soon.”
“After the Spa qualifying where I finished P15 after a technical problem, I thought it was over, but I kept my head down and kept pushing all the way. Thank you to ESPORTS+CARS and Darren Cox. I couldn't do it without them!”
ESPORTS+CARS Performance coach Simon Fitchett was equally full of praise for Brendon. “During my years in Motorsport I have felt a lot of pressure and today was no different. Brendon left it to the last minute to take the win, his calmness was exemplary. I have spent some time with the team to provide them with tips and strategies to allow them to deliver their best. And today Brendon made the most of that support that ESPORTS+CARS has provided his drivers.”
Team Manager of ESPORTS+CARS AJ Smith was happy to add another title to the virtual trophy cabinet of ESPORTS+CARS “Having won most of the championships we have entered over the last 18 months I was confident we would have a good showing - but Brendon overachieved our expectations. He really has a big future ahead of him.”
Brendon's fellow ESPORTS+CARS Driver Mads Sørensen (Denmark) also pick up silverware this weekend by claiming the F1 Esports DHL Fastest Lap Award by setting the fastest lap in the final race of the weekend.
“To win the F1 Esports Series DHL Fastest Lap Award feels incredible, even more now that I know that I get to present Lewis Hamilton with his trophy on the actual F1 grid. I have followed him since 2006! The support from my ESPORTS+CARS team has been amazing.”
The second seasons of Worlds Fastest Gamer and F1 Esports Series are understood to be launched in the new year but it is clear that esports racing is going to be one of the big news stories of both esports and motorsport in 2018.