Scott Mansell aka Driver61 brings a fantastic video of World’s fastest Gamer James Baldwin vs “a normal guy”
Driver61 is a name that so many people know throughout the sim racing world as someone that brings knowledge from the real race track to the sim racing genre ,this time Scott brings James Baldwin aka the worlds fastest Gamer and race driver for Jenson Button’s GT3 Team in for a challenge.
His challenger is Callum who works for the Driver61 team and regards himself as a casual console racer, with that said the challenge is at Spa…. but there is a caveat.
Callum gets to race on the £10,000 Driver61 sim setup that is quoted by Scott as “The wheel and pedals feel better than some of the real world race cars i have driven”.
James on the other hand gets to race on a £200 setup that has been well used, worn and not much going for it in terms of detail and precision.
Lets see how they get on in this fun video.
From sim racer to GT3 driver James Baldwin
In 2019, his success in sim racing resulted in an invitation to Season 2 of World’s Fastest Gamer (WFG), a twelve-day intensive competition between sim racers from multiple platforms. Baldwin went on to win the event and was awarded a $1 million sponsorship for a full racing season. He was the first WFG graduate to receive backing for a real-world drive.
On 5 March 2020, Baldwin was announced as a driver for Jenson Team Rocket RJN, partnering team co-owner Chris Buncombe in a McLaren 720S GT3 in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup. Due to travel difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, this was later amended to a full-season entry in the 2020 British GT Championship alongside Michael O’Brien.
Baldwin reached national headlines by winning on debut at Oulton Park. The pair went on to take three further podiums and three pole positions, finishing fourth in the overall championship and third in the Silver Cup.
Baldwin dominated the 2021 British GT Esports Championship, with three wins from five races.
On 29 April 2021, Baldwin was announced as a BRDC Rising Star.