Barbados will take part in the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games to be held in France in October, where up to 80 national sporting authorities from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile will be chasing gold, silver and bronze medals. The Barbados Automobile Federation (BMF) has confirmed that Leon Sealy will represent it in esports, one of 17 disciplines spanning the motorsport spectrum.
Since the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games in 2019, held in Italy, which featured six main disciplines and attracted 49 nations and 192 drivers, the reach has nearly tripled. After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, it will now cover disciplines from the grassroots to the pinnacle of the sport, from Karting Slalom to Rallying, including Formula 4, Endurance and GT racing, with Esports competition supported by the leading manufacturer of sim racing hardware Fanatec.
Now living in the UK, Alexandra School alumnus Sealy has been racing sims for about two years, mostly on Assetto Corsa Competizione, which is the platform used for the FIA Motorsport Games. From his home in south London, he said: “I am delighted to be part of this journey ahead. I always watch SRO esports racing so sharing the same grid with some of these guys and gals will be next level. I started on console but moved to PC at the end of 2021 and am part of the SOP Motorsports esports team in the UK.
The 33-year-old moved overseas from Welches Terrace, St Thomas, 10 years ago to further his education and landed an apprenticeship as a telecommunications engineer, becoming a fiber optic telecommunications engineer for the London Underground London. He now has a family to keep him busy at weekends, but he’s been to top UK circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone to watch GT races – “Seeing these cars in person is an experience,” says -he- has also traveled to Bahrain for a round of the World Endurance Championship, although October will be his first visit to France.
Sealy was selected from eight professional-level Barbadian competitors in trials organized by Caribbean Sim Motorsport (CSM), which affiliated with the BMF last year. There were three points-scoring elements in practice, a hot lap competition organized by the FIA in-game, then a 25-minute sprint race and a one-hour race on a Paul Ricard sim track.
The esport, which is expected to attract more than 80 runners, the highest number of entries in any discipline, will begin on Thursday, October 27, with the final on Saturday. A knockout format will decide the 20 finalists, who will race for national pride at the Mistral Hall at Circuit Paul Ricard – overlooking the famous Mistral Straight, home of the French Grand Prix.
The competition will use the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform with racers competing in virtual GT3 cars – digital versions of the same cars that will compete in the “real world” GT, GT Sprint and Endurance disciplines at the event.
Caribbean Sim Motorsport (CSM) President Robert Simmons said: “CSM, being the newest member of the BMF, has created an ambitious program for 2022 and beyond, focused on improving the Esports discipline at the Barbados and on strengthening the country’s presence on the world stage. Our presence at the World Motorsport Games certainly achieves this goal and we wish Leon the best of luck representing our country and our club. (RB)