Legion of Racers (LOR) Esports contracts have been given to three young Singaporean e-racers to undergo Motorsport training in Karting, Sim racing, and Fitness. The best performer will be given an opportunity to compete in the Rookie Class of the IAME Asia Series, organized by AutoInc EuroSports.
LOR is the first racing league in the country that combines the best in motorsports and e-gaming.
After qualifier rounds at the Legion of Racers inaugural season at Game Start in October, three winners emerged: Jaden Low, Jason Tay, and Muhammad Aleef. The seasons’ sponsors are Monster Energy, Logitech, CloudMoolah, and 9tro.
The training that Low, Tay, and Aleef will receive will cause them to gain better driving skills in order to participate in regional simulator racing league competitions.
Professional drivers and entrepreneurs Melvin Moh and Lim Keong Wee conceived of the ‘digital to physical’ LOR simulator league. Moh and Lim have participated with high-level GT racing as well as developing talent in the field and formed LOR so that others would have a more accessible point of entry into the motor racing world.
“Melvin and myself have been through the progression of Karting to GT racing and have noticed a lack of engagement of a wider audience in motorsports.
While it is no surprise that Asia’s growth potential in motorsport is huge, we see an opportunity to create an esports centric league that is more affordable and appealing motorsport enthusiasts,” said Lim.
According to Moh, who is a professional race car driver and coach, “The world of e-gaming has grown exponentially and we are honoured to play our part to help our young enthusiasts achieve their driving dreams. Racing simulation is a very established and versatile platform that is used from professional racing drivers to everyday gamers. The skill sets are the same in digital and physical forms.”
Low, Tay and Aleef are understandably excited about their upcoming training opportunity.
22-year-old Singapore Management University student Jason Tay said, “It is great to be part of LOR after sim racing an individual all these years. I am thankful to receive substantial support by LOR to turn us into better drivers and be given opportunities to share our passion with the public through events and roadshows.”
Low, also aged 22, said “What sets LOR apart from other sim racing is the involvement and interest in searching for talent from the community and bringing sim racing to an accessible stage where everyone can take part. Melvin and Keong Wee, who head LOR, are experienced racers who compete in real-world racing and have expert knowledge that they are very open to sharing and applying in sim racing. LOR is a very encouraging platform for those in the community to give sim racing a shot.”
Aleef, who is the youngest of the trio at only 20 years old, is a student at Temasek Polytechnic and has been a winner in several Sim championships in the past. He said, “LOR’s entry is a huge welcome to everyone interested as not only do they have the Sim racing expertise, but real-life experience from Melvin and Keong Wee which is very encouraging for Sim Racers looking to learn from actual professionals in real life!”