Sam feels the need to speed

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.”

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