It’s Friday the 23rd April 2021, the venue is the Ricardo Tormo Circuit positioned within the comarca of Hoya de Buñol close to Valencia and Denmark’s Frederik Rasmussen is about to place to the take a look at a principle lengthy held by the sim racer in all of us. When you apply sufficient within the digital world, are you able to be fast in the true world?
In esports phrases, Frede is by now a veteran of the style, his most notable success till this 12 months being F1 Esports Professional Sequence podium placings three years in a row. He additionally assisted Crimson Bull Racing Esports to the Groups’ Championship in 2019 and 2020.
To this point, it has been a landmark 12 months for the proficient Slagelse-based racer. Regardless of very restricted expertise inside simulator rFactor 2, and having by no means tried the Components E content material, he swept to a shocking victory within the current Formula E: Accelerate esports championship.
Frede Rasmussen and Nico Müller
His prize was a once-in-a-lifetime alternative drive of a real-life Gen2 Components E automotive. He didn’t have to attend lengthy for his likelihood to get behind the wheel both. The FE: Speed up competitors ended on the 27th March and only a month later he discovered him sitting inside a priceless single seater with a golden alternative to point out the world what is feasible because of sim racing.
“I didn’t really feel nervous for some motive at any level, however I used to be actually wanting ahead to it nonetheless,” explains the 20-year-old.
“I felt at dwelling. Like I’ve achieved it many occasions earlier than, though it was the primary time for me.”
Actually, he’s calmer beneath stress than you and I could also be, however I suppose that stems from with the ability to deal with the stress of dwell esports occasions the place massive audiences are watching your each transfer and vital prize swimming pools are on the road.
Being relaxed behind the wheel, although, isn’t the one factor that sim racing has helped Frede with. It turns on the market are plenty of similarities between racing on rFactor 2 at dwelling and driving an actual Components E automotive.
“It was a very new monitor. I discovered it on the sim first, which made it quite a bit simpler. However nonetheless, the monitor was completely different in actual life due to the additional chicanes and boundaries for Components E.
“It felt excellent. Earlier than this, I wouldn’t have any thought if I’d be good in actual life, however after attempting it, it feels precisely the identical as sim racing. I gained some confidence from that, and it’s made me wish to strive extra.
“[In some respects, it’s] additionally completely different as a result of there are plenty of forces happening. Once I hit full throttle for the primary time it was a tremendous feeling. Whenever you flip you get pushed into the seat, nevertheless it all feels very regular, pure even.”
When I spoke to Frede a few weeks ago within the instant aftermath of his esports championship victory and discovering out he was going to drive the true deal, he appeared fairly laidback about future motorsport aspirations, virtually nonplussed.
Nevertheless it’s clear to me that he has obtained the racing bug now. Crimson Bull Racing Esports even kitted him out with model new custom-designed racewear.
“It was actually superb to put on the sick new helmet and I’m actually comfortable I’ve obtained one. I’ve it atop a bookcase, I can see it now, however I’ve it lined so it doesn’t get any mud. I hope I get to make use of it once more…”
Talking of the longer term, he’s taken a well-deserved break from sim racing however shall be within the digital saddle once more quickly.
“I’m going to need to get again in control on the F1 recreation now, it’s been some time.”
With a brand new F1 Esports Professional Sequence across the nook, we wouldn’t wager towards Frede combating for the laurels as soon as extra.