Hello and welcome to DSR on #DriveTribe. So a bit of an introduction is in order I suppose. I’m Matt and I have been engaged in motorsport in one way or another for the better part of twenty-five years. I’m Devonian through and through and live in a cottage with my wife and two cats in a small town right in the middle of the county. Firstly I must point out I don’t sound like a farmer! I also don’t own a combine harvester so no, I won’t be giving you a key. The object of DSR is to let you all in on what it’s like to run one of the biggest sim racing groups as well my journeys to various motorsport events both on and off track. I hope to bring you all some really cool features from my racing friends in the driving seat, in the garage and behind the microphone. Don’t worry I’ll break it up with some other random observations as well. We know there’s plenty going on in the world that deserves a bit of comment here and there and goodness knows I’m opinionated enough. About that sim racing thing. I’m the owner of The Online Racing Association (TORA) which was the first sim racing group to be recognised by a real world governing body in the world (take that Gran Turismo Sport!). It’s also one of the largest sim racing networks in Europe with well in excess of five thousand members and championships taking place in multiple timezones over Xbox and PC. So what do I do with all this? My main role is promoting TORA and esports racing to the wider motorsport industry and building relationships with the games developers. While I’m no poster boy, in the ten years since TORA started we’ve seen a great number of real teams and drivers engage with the project and I’ve had some amazing experiences. Some of these will be the focus of future blogs so stay tuned. Aside from the schmoozing I also produce and host a monthly show on radiolemans.com called #TRS which essentially updates the listeners on what’s new in sim racing, the latest race results from TORA’s championships and a fantastic ‘TORA Test Track’ feature hosted by my Floridian buddy, Louis Satterlee. I also run Cyber Racing which is Prodrive’s own eSports racing team. There’s a story there in itself. I guess the best thing to come out of the last few years is just how much I’ve learned along the way. I’d never even spoken to a race driver properly before this adventure and now I’m having coffee with them between practice sessions and even getting recognised in the Silverstone Paddock. (That was surreal!) There’s still a heck of a long way to go though and I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me as this whole area of esports grows in the coming months and years. It’s really not just kids in their mums basements anymore. Hopefully on the way I’ll be able to introduce you to a number of my good racing buddies and give you an insight into how we ply our trade and some of the outrageous banter that goes with it. Don’t worry, it’s not all going to be about facts and figures...in fact it hardly ever will! I’ll have some facts involved of course but I will be throwing out some possibly controversial opinions for your discussion. I actively invite you all to comment and get involved. That’s what the internet’s all about after all. So come with me now and see just how big eSports racing is about to get.
You can also follow what goes on with TORA by heading to ; www.theonlineracingassociation.com