Forza Racing Championship

Forza Motorsport Pros Racerz and ForceOne Join Veloce Esports’ New ForzaRC Team

Article By 
Alan Walsh
April 30, 2018
Forza Racing Championship

Forza Motorsport Pros Racerz and ForceOne Join Veloce Esports’ New ForzaRC Team

Article By 
Alan Walsh
April 30, 2018

F4H Motorsport is one of the most established and well-respected teams on Forza Motorsport, however, two of their most skilled drivers recently made the switch to Veloce Esports – a newly-formed team founded in 2017 with drivers competing in Formula 1 and DiRT.

Tobin ‘Racerz’ Leigh and Daniel ‘ForceOne’ Nyman, who won the ForzaRC Pre-Season Invitational Team Championship in Seattle last month alongside their former F4H teammate Zachary ‘Venom’ Taylor, are the first drivers to join Veloce Esports’ newly-established team dedicated to competing in the Forza Racing Championship –  Microsoft’s premier racing esports series played on the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Forza Motorsport 7.

Recently, I had to chance to speak to Racerz about his switchover from F4H Motorsport to Veloce Esports, and whilst he’ll certainly miss his former teammates, he’s excited and optimistic about his choice and the future ahead of him. In addition to the two Forza hires, Veloce Esports recently signed Formula E championship leader and driver Jean-Eric Vergne as a team partner.

“I really feel that Veloce represents the future of motorsport eSports: they have contacts in the real world of motorsport that are invaluable to players like myself and I feel that it's providing me with more of an opportunity to make a career out of this sport,” Tobin said. “With JEV directly involved, the horizons have opened up dramatically in terms of what’s possible now – so many opportunities have opened up, it's unreal.”
“It has to be noted that it's a huge leap of faith to move away from the most established team on the game to a brand-new team that isn't even really involved yet, but I’m confident that the risk will pay off,” he added.

Tobin also told me that he feels the Forza Racing Championship has stepped up massively this year, but he is also looking forward to seeing what opportunities could arise outside of the ForzaRC with his switch to Veloce.

“The ForzaRC is really exciting too, I feel it's stepped up massively this year and to be able to go into it with great confidence in my own ability is amazing,” he explained. “I think though, I'm mainly curious about what opportunities open up away from the ForzaRC, as I have a feeling some things I didn't think would be possible may have become possible with the move to Veloce.”

Ahead of March’s Forza Racing Championship Pre-Season Invitational, I spoke with both Racerz and ForceOne about their successes in the Forza franchise, their passion for racing and esports, and of course, their goals for the 2018 ForzaRC season and what they were hopeful to achieve over the next 12 months. As we know, the weeks that followed were very exciting for the young duo, as they conquered the Team Championship in Seattle for the Pre-Season Invitational – which is what most likely led to their eventual signing by Veloce Esports.

Racerz won a total of three races at the Pre-Season Invitational – one in the Individual Race Championship, with the other two being in the Team Championship, which ultimately led to F4H Motorsport securing first place and being crowned champions in Seattle with each of them winning an Xbox One X console.

For more on the 2018 season of the Forza Racing Championship, don’t miss our detailed article on the ForzaRC Pre-Season Invitational Experience, our full event recap from Seattle, and of course, our feature story focusing on Racerz and ForceOne. Plus, be sure to stay tuned for additional coverage on the ForzaRC coming soon.

With the Series 1 Playoffs in Seattle this June and the Series 2 Playoffs in Mexico City this September – followed by the Forza Racing World Championship finals in London, England this October, there’s plenty of events coming up for competitive petrolheads and spectators alike – and there’s also a lot of prize money on the line for drivers as well, with a total of $250,000 up for grabs across all these upcoming offline events.

Alan Walsh

Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he keeps the website updated with new and relevant content, including news stories, reviews and opinion pieces for the games he likes writing about the most. He also tweets too much, probably.