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Baldwin wins Autosport’s Esports Driver of the Year Award

James Baldwin is the winner of Autosport’s 2022 Esports Driver of the Year Award presented by Motorsport Games.

Baldwin wins Autosport’s Esports Driver of the Year Award

Autosport and Traxion.GG readers have voted the 25-year-old British entrant as the best sim racer this season, ahead of Kevin Siggy, Enzo Bonito and last year’s winner Frederik Rasmussen.

Baldwin has taken four separate championships this year, plus several other notable performances, setting him apart from the competition.

The former World's Fastest Gamer winner racer took home the Alpine Esports, Intercontinental GT Challenge Esports, GT World Challenge Europe Esports and the FIA Motorsport Games Esports Cup titles this season, alongside making the finals of the eRace of Champions and winning a round of the Le Mans Virtual Series.

“It's an absolute honour to win this award, with so much talent out there in sim racing, to be amongst the best in the world is crazy,” said Baldwin, presented by Formula E world champion Stoffel Vandoorne.

“When I first got into sim racing five years ago, competing at the top level seemed impossible, but over time I started to figure it out. I can't believe I’ve won this award. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.

“Thank you to my team, Veloce and my team-mates. Without them, a lot of the success this year wouldn’t have been possible.”

Baldwin follows Sebastian Job and Rasmussen in receiving the award and becomes its third-ever recipient.
Other categories decided by fan voting include International Racing Driver of the Year presented by Pirelli, International Racing Car of the Year presented by Blink Experience, International Rally Driver of the Year, Rally Car of the Year, British Competition Driver of the Year, Rookie of the Year and National Driver of the Year.

Further awards, decided by expert judging panels, include the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, the Gold Medal for lifetime legacy, the Gregor Grant Award for lifetime achievement, Motorsport Promoter of the Year, and Esports Team of the Year presented by Motorsport Games. Moment of the Year presented by Bang & Olufsen and Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future are awards that have returned for 2022.

To find out who our other Award winners are, go to autosport.com/awards

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