London - Two times Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya is to lead the judging panel for season two of World's Fastest Gamer, a competition aiming to take a virtual racer to the real track for a season with an Aston Martin sportscar team.
Season one winner Rudy Van Buren, previously a sales manager in the Netherlands, won a year as simulator driver with the McLaren Formula One team.
Competition founder Darren Cox said the message coming through from the esports world was that gamers wanted more.
"These gamers at the end of the day want to go racing," he said on Wednesday. "So we thought - let's not go against what everyone wants, let's push it and have the real racing as the prize."
Cox has plenty of experience of that, having created the GT Academy programme that took 23 people from gaming to racetrack with Nissan: