Last year Rudy van Buren walked away with the title of World’s Fastest Gamer from McLaren. He ended up scoring a job with the company and getting some pretty cool perks along the way. Now the runner-up in the competition is getting a racing job of his own.
Freek Schothorst gave fellow Dutchman van Buren and the other 10 finalists a run for their money last year. But, he came up just a bit short and had to settle for second place.
Since then Schothorst has been looking to break into the world of racing. This past May he got his chance in the F4 NEZ series with MP Motorsports in Smolensk, Russia. However, he only got a chance to drive in the first three rounds of the series.
Now MP Motorsports is calling on Schothorst once again for a race this weekend near Budapest, Hungary. Instead of sitting behind an F4 NEZ car though, he’ll move up one level to Formula Renault 2.0.
There he’ll join fellow teammates Christian Lundgaard and Alex Peroni for the race at the Hungaroring.
Despite being on a weekend contract, Schothorst is confident. According to the MP Motorsports press release, he had this to say:
“The Smolensk weekend with MP was very positive but we’ve always had our eye on Formula Renault – again with MP. We have had some good days testing and believe that this is the right moment to step up. I will jumping in at the deep end, though. I have ambitions to finish in the top-15 straight away but I’m aware that it’s tough to join a series midway into the season. My main aim is to show good progress during the weekend and learn from Christian and Alex, both of whom are excellent drivers. The circuit won’t be the problem. I’ve sim-raced the Hungaroring many times and it really suits me.”
Assuming Schothorst has a good showing at the event, MP Motorsport will more than likely call on his services again. Including the Hungaroring race, there are still four races to go.
With any luck, he’ll close out the season strong and sign on for a full stint next year. Or he could move to one of the other series MP competes in. These include GT3, GP3, and Formula 2. This leaves plenty of opportunities for Schothorst to continue his career with the team.
We wish Schothorst and team the best of luck at this weekend’s event!