18-year-old Kitchen porter Brendon Leigh has won the inaugural F1 eSports championship after a dramatic last lap incident saw him take the title by 6 points.
Leigh has been a favourite to win from early on having won most of the races he’s participated in.
In the grand final race last Abu Dhabi he had a coming together with another driver midway through the race. But a commanding comeback saw him get back to the front and with one lap to go, he dived down the inside of rival Fabrizio Donoso Delgado at the end of the straight, causing the latter to cut the chicane and be given a 3 second (as well as a well-timed finger wag from Leigh).
That was enough to give Leigh the win of the race and the title.
“Winning here means a huge amount to me,” Said Brendon when interviewed after the race.
“I am the first one to do it. That is special. I am not sure how to celebrate. I don’t drink or anything: I think I might just go to bed.”
F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches said: “The attraction to a broad and committed younger generation of F1 and eSport fans is something that we are proud to support and nurture, and we look forward to establishing a season-long series in 2018.”