Things I wish I knew before I started Simracing - by Alanah Potter

Updated: Apr 30

One of the first wheel that gamers uses
One of the first wheel that gamers uses - I modified my G29!

Lewes, Delaware, USA, 28th April 2021 - How it all started Hey there! I'm Alanah and this is my first time ever writing a blog. I've been looking for a way to share my experiences and the things I've learned throughout my first year of simracing for a while and this blog is going to be just that. Firstly I'll wanna make it clear that my personal experience with simracing has not been a particularly great one and I will tell my story the way I experienced it. If you're looking for more of a happy go lucky reading experience, this may not be for you. But if you want to get into simracing yourself or have also struggled to find your footing in it, maybe I can help, or let you know that other folks may have had similar experiences. Here's a bit about me. I have loved cars and automotive things for as long as I can remember. I used to watch F1 with my parents every weekend, study all of the different brands, play all the racing games I could get my hands on and watch hours of documentaries about drivers and their machinery. Growing up I was always the only girl in my circles that was into this sort of stuff and most of the drivers and people I had seen on TV were men, so my hopes of one day ending up in something automotive were pretty slim for a while. Don't get me wrong I still wanted to, I'd spend hours dreaming about ways to get there, but it took some more influence, most memorable from the late Sabine Schmitz to convince me that I had somewhat of a shot at this in the first place. I'd never seen a female racing driver before her and when I did stumble over her stuff I got so invigorated that I even got my dad to take me to zoom around in some rental karts. Karting didn't really work out, there wasn't really the money to go around to pursue that further than rental karts for fun on a small handful of occasions, but the second I got to put on a helmet and felt like I was one of them, those people I admired so much, a fire started and it never went out. A couple years later I found simracing on youtube, I watched tons of videos, followed all of the big sim youtubers. I had been into racing games for a while but up until that point I had never really encountered that particular niche of it. You get to drive authentic recreations of your favourite cars around highly detailed recreations of the circuits you've seen your favourite real life drivers compete on? I needed to see what that was all about, is that really a way to get a taste of, if not, into motorsport? What does it really take to be competitive? Is it really as authentic/realistic as some of the videos make it out to be? Could this finally be a way to quench that fire that's been burning? I was quite desperate to find out, so for my next birthday I wished for a G29 and thanks to my mum I got it. That was already a huge deal as I was and still am a student and if it weren't for getting that gift, I would've waited quite a few more years to be in a better financial position before trying out simracing for myself. That pretty much is where my simracing journey started... and I can't wait to tell you more!


Alanah Potter is a young woman that, through simracing, discovered her passion for engineering. She is now planning to study mechanical engineering to hopefully pursue a motorsport & STEM related career. Alanah loves to apply what she is learning by building and developing setups for her teammates and friends. She turly loves studying and investigating all the little details of a car setup and their connections to the mechanical side of things, as well as, continuously trying to come up with new and better ways to build setups for people. She currently creates setups and acts as a race engineer in Assetto Corsa Competizione. Alanah's story is very inspirational and we are proud here at Init Esports to be able to tell it to the world. This will be a series of episodes so stay tuned for the next one coming your way shortly!

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