PERTH local Josh Purwien has secured himself a place on the starting grid for a prestigious e-sports event in the UK after proving his mettle behind a digital steering wheel in Singapore recently.
The 17-year-old crossed the finish
line in first place as part of the “Race to Singapore” virtual racing event held
at the Marquee Singapore entertainment venue in the Marina Bay Sands district
of the island nation.
Josh was behind the wheel of a
digital racing car in F1 2019, with
the event held as part of the Grand Prix Singapore season in September, with seven
other racers challenging for the pole position in the virtual race, which
challenged the gaming drivers to race an in-game representation of the iconic
Marina Bay Sands circuit.
Following his win, Josh will be heading to the UK to compete in the McLaren
Shadow Project Grand Finals, which takes place in December at the McLaren
Technology Centre in Surrey.
An elated Josh said
winning the “Race to Singapore” event was absolutely amazing.
“I had a bit of pressure coming into the tournament with the fastest
qualifier time, but winning all three races was completely unexpected and I was
really relieved when I crossed the line,” he said.
“The thought of heading to the McLaren HQ for the finals in December is a
once in a life time opportunity and I’m really, really excited to go and
explore the HQ and compete against some of the most talented sim racers in the
The McLaren Shadow
project is described by the car marquee as “McLaren’s search for the brightest
and best racing talent in e-sports” and McLaren senior e-sports manager
Leeston Bryant said it aimed to be the most open and diverse racing e-sports
tournament on the planet – so they were delighted to have crowned the winner of
the first Asia Pacific Qualifier series in partnership with the Singapore
“We’ve been blown away by the talent
coming from Southeast Asia, which is poised to have the fastest growing
e-sports audience globally,” he said.
Mr Leeston said McLaren looked forward to
welcoming Josh to the company’s Technology Centre in December, where he would
also be able to experience the elite driver training programme and drive an actual
McLaren 570S racing care on the track at Dunsfold Aerodrome.
According to McLaren, the Shadow
Project Champion will win once in a lifetime experiences and prizes including a
seat on the McLaren Shadow e-sports team and access to the McLaren DNA driver