One of the most successful sim racers in the world will be heading to Vegas in two weeks time, and that is Finnish sim racer Greger Huttu, writes cloud sport commentator Edward Hunter.
Just like Olli Pahkala who was our last sim racer feature, Huttu, has been a part of Team Redline which includes Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen.
The 37- year old Finnish sim racer has over 20 years of sim driving experience, which includes becoming a five-time iRacing world champion.
This year Huttu finished second in the iRacing world championship, just losing out to German sim racer Martin Kronke.
Huttu will be racing with Jaguar Racing in Vegas, and the Finnish sim racer is incredibly excited about the challenge ahead, as he believes that Formula E has taken esports to a new level.
“I have raced in eSports for years and have seen how it has grown into a global sport, but Formula E’s Road to Vegas has taken it to another level. The qualifying heats to get to the final have been very intense, and it’s been cool to see how enthusiastically Formula E fans have supported us.
“The Vegas final promises to be very special with so many spectators cheering us on. I feel like part of the team already, and I am proud to race in Panasonic Jaguar Racing colours,” said Huttu.
How did Huttu do on the track?
Huttu’s Road to Vegas got off to a solid start with a 5th place finish in Long Beach, but the Finnish driver got outsmarted by his compatriot Pahkala during the race to fall down the order.
However, the 37-year old got his revenge with a superb performance in Paris where he led from lights to flag and held off Pahkala all the way despite a yet to pit Miguel Ballestre backing him into his teammates for several laps and almost ruining his day.
By Berlin, Huttu knew he needed to finish in the top five to qualify, and that’s just what he did as the Finnish driver picked his battles well to ensure that he would be eligible for the erace with a race to spare.
In London, he again played the team game, allowing Aleksi Ussi-Jaakola past but unintentionally also giving Graham Carroll the opportunity to pull alongside and brush him aside. Huttu fought back later in the race to put pressure on Carroll, but the Scotsman held his nerve and Huttu had to settle for 4th.
Huttu will be in the frame to take home first prize of $200,000 in Vegas, as the five-time iRacing champion can now show the world exactly why he has dominated that championship over the past six years,