There’s plenty of buzz around esports, which is great if you’re a CS:GO, Overwatch, Dota 2 or League fan. But something that’s oft neglected is the incredible role that racing games has played over the last 15 years – not just as a competitive pursuit in their own right, but as an legitimate pathway and effective training for real-world racing.
Kiwi driver Richie Stanaway is one such success. If you go through his publicly available profile, you’ll see plenty of results for the Formula Ford championship, testing opportunities, Formel Masters and Formula 3 championships, experience in the Bathurst 1000 and the 24 Hours Le Mans. But what you won’t see is where it all started, which Stanaway says began with the PS1.