Introducing ‘Gold’ driver Angus Claasen – Having been simming for almost a year now, thankfully not all at once, Claasen joins simRACE247 at an exciting time as the upstart team seeks to break onto the premier sim racing scene, introducing the next wave of drivers to the stage. With a background in high level track cycling, competition is written into the New Zealanders DNA. Although from down under, he says his main goal for the future is to give the iRacing Indy 500 a shot in the top split.
Here’s what Angus had to say when we hit him with some quick fire questions to ease him into the team.
Date of Birth: 17/05/2001 Nationality: New Zealand Based: Hamilton, NZ Occupation: Trade Team Member Other Sports: Track Cycling
Favourite Quote: What’s behind you doesn’t matter (Enzo Ferrari) Favourite F1 Driver: Daniel Ricciardo (Current) Niki Lauda (Past) Favourite F1 Team: Ferrari Favourite F1 Car: Ferrari 312T Favourite non-F1 Car: Porsche 911 Favourite Tracks (Up to 3): Bathurst, Barber Motorsport Park, Indianapolis
Briefly describe your Sim Racing rig: I use a Sparco Gaming Rig with a Logitech G920.
Sim Racing career until now? I began sim racing 11 months ago. I began with rFactor 2 before making the move to iRacing.
What is your career target in Sim Racing? To become a top sim racer in NZ and compete against the best in Offical iRacing Top Split SOF races. My main event goal would be to compete in the Top Split of the Indy 500.
What do you expect from the team? A strong team culture where we work with each other to improve our driving and setups. For the drivers to help others when needed and work together to achieve the same goals e.g Winning our Le Mans split for example.
Real Life Motorsport Experience? None, although after winning the inaugural Kart Sport NZ event I have been offered a role as a test driver in a go-kart. I am excited to see where this opportunity can take me.
Real Life & Sim Racing Achievements: NZ U19 Men Flying 200m Record Holder (Track Cycling), Rode for the NZ U19 Track Cycling Team in 2017 and 2018, Winning the inaugural Kart Sport NZ event, Set 3 consecutive track records in the V8 Downunder Series on rFactor 2.