Sam feels the need to speed
A talented Rutherglen racing driver beat off global competition from over 50,000 people to represent the UK at an online simulator competition in the USA.
Sam McAleer (19) recently entered a time trial event for the Forza Motorsport Six demo for the Xbox One.
He finished 70th in the world and won the chance to compete for Team UK at Circuit of Americas in Austin Texas.
The prize was a fully funded trip to Austin, Texas with flights, transport, hotel, spending money and VIP tickets to the Lone Star LeMans race included. He jetted out with his mum Shirley and, by coincidence, his brother, Stevan, was also racing at Circuit of Americas on the same weekend which meant the three of them were able to catch up.
And having his family along certainly helped Stevan, who finished second in his penultimate race in the 2015 IMSA Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge, which he would eventually go on to win.
Sam told the Reformer: “The entire experience was incredible.
“I got tons of Forza branded stuff and the Xbox suite overlooking the pits provided an incredible view of the racing event that was on.
“Each country had their own team leader who was someone well known in the gaming industry.
“Our team (Team UK) was led by the famous gaming YouTuber Ali-A, so it was great to meet him as well.”
Sam, who carried the Queen’s Relay Baton on Rutherglen Main Street before last year’s Commonwealth Games, admitted he was a bit unhappy with his overall result of 11th, but considering thousands of people had entered, he can be proud of his efforts.
He said: “The event saw some of the fastest Forza players in the world all competing against each other on the new Forza Motorsport Six game.
“I had an absolute blast in the tournament which was three separate races, but was a little disappointed with my result of 11th place overall out of the 20.
“I believe I could’ve done much better but due to some drivers being a little over aggressive I didn’t finish where I wanted.
“It was all great fun though, and the event was also broadcast live online by Xbox with thousands of people watching which made it even more intense.
“The rest of the day after the Forza event was also fantastic as my mum and I watched the Lone Star LeMans race from the Xbox suite.”