We at Time Attack Manila are always in search for new Filipino racing talent be it local or abroad. But for some reason, we managed to overlook a Filipino-British sim racer and YouTube star based in the UK. His name is Steve Alvarez Brown and as we found out has been given a shot to race in the Radical SR1 Cup this weekend.
Steve first showed interest in the sport way back in the ’90s, following the rivalry of the Schumacher-Hakkinen era. He was then given a go kart for his 11th birthday, took up racing seriously, and competed for the next 21 years in different championships. Somewhere during that time he also got into sim racing, did well playing Gran Turismo, and decided put up his own YouTube channel under the name Super GT. This gig made him so popular that he now has 750,000+ subscribers on YouTube, another 90,000+ followers on Instagram, and has since turned it into a ‘full-time job’. His talent for sim racing and content creation was then noticed by Team Quadrant, which signed him up as a driver. Yes, the company owned and run by McLaren Racing Formula 1 driver Lando Norris.
However, despite spending thousands of hours in the sim, he has never really raced cars in real life ’til this year. All that changed when Steve was given a chance to race in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship at Silverstone earlier this year. That was shortly followed by a VW Fun Cup outing at Oulton Park where he and fellow sim racer Jimmy Broadbent finished on the podium.
This coming 17th/18th of September, he’ll be racing in the real-world once again with a sponsored drive at the Radical SR1 Cup’s season finale. Steve will be competing against 30 other drivers at Donington Park over the weekend and see how well skills learned in virtual reality apply in real-world settings. What’s also interesting is that he’ll be sharing the track with fellow Filipino-British driver Daryl DeLeon Taylor of Valour Racing who happens to be leading the points standings.
For now, this is a one-off outing for Steve. But if he does a good enough job, creates an even better video for YouTube, then he might be able work out a deal with Radical Motorsport to compete in a full season next year.
Steve Alvarez Brown: “I’d like to thank Radical Motorsport for giving me the chance to race their cars. The SR1 is a very fun car to drive – as is the Donington Circuit. I’m particularly looking forward to having quality racing on a competitive grid and my main aim is to enjoy it and maximize my own personal performance out on track.”