The very best teams seek the very best talent, irrespective of the sport in question. In the real world of motorsport, the biggest teams will aim to provide the best facilities, the best car, the best training to their prospective drivers, to give themselves the best chance of taking the title that the team is aiming for. In the esports world, things aren’t so far removed from that same ethos. The car may be virtual, but the performance of the team is driven (pun intended) almost entirely by the driver, so to get the best out of those drivers, the support mechanisms have to be in place to train those drivers, improve their skills so that they can provide their best back to the team.
Louis Welch recently announced his return to the sim racing powerhouse of Visceral Esports, so I caught up with him to find out what prompted the change:
I felt like I needed a change of environment. The main reason for this is that my goal within the league racing community is to one day be in an Esports Academy for 1 of the 10 teams even on Controller. I believe that I am more likely to achieve that being in VSR than in TF10. Don’t get me wrong, TF10 is a great and wonderful team, I enjoyed my time there, and won a lot of team Championships together while being there. But I believe VSR is more suited to my own goals and hopefully, together we can achieve our goals/aims together.
Louis explains the role that the Visceral Esports team has in supporting him and his goals:
For the upcoming @TGlobalChamps race, we were all practicing as a team working together to try and find as much speed as possible not just in Quali but in the race as well. This also included the managers watching as well. This helps them decide and see firsthand who they believe should be driving for the upcoming races in both TGC and MGPE as well. Practicing as a team like this allows us to push ourselves even harder and unlock the potential each one of us know we have. Which aids us to maximise the result come race day. Performing well in events like this, especially with the Haas and Alpine esports academy teams in the competition could hopefully open up opportunities for us whether that is as a team or individually in the future.
Brett Cosh from Visceral also added to this with:
As a team, it is our job to give the driver the spotlight at any opportunity possible. VSR supports its drivers by giving them advice and looking to improve them in all areas. We give them all the tools necessary to be successful and improve. We offer our drivers to race in the best events and challenge for championships. This puts them against the best talents meaning the official F1 esports teams can see exactly how they are performing giving them the best chance at an opportunity.
What traits do Visceral look for when they sign new (or in this case, returning) drivers to their roster?
The traits I look for when signing a driver is someone with a strong mindset with the ambition to achieve great things in the world of esports. It is vital that we sign drivers that are passionate and motivated to ensure they give their everything.
Visceral Esports is a team with lofty plans and aims to take the sim racing world by storm. We wish the best of luck to Louis and the team.