Tommy Østgaard about having your biggest rivals on your team and a look back at gamescom 2020.
At 27 years of age, Tommy Østgaard made the big journey in the world of motorsports. The Norwegian worked as a test driver as well as sim racing car developer and coach. In his three years of esports racing experience, Tommy quickly charged his way to the top. His career highlight so far has been winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.
His direct competitors are also his teammates
Tommy’s team Coanda Simsport is one of the most successful squads in the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. While our Nitro Nights guest currently places seventh in the competition, his teammate Joshua K Rogers is chasing the $200,000 cash prize, being second overall. And if that wasn’t enough, Coanda also added sixth-placed Dayne Warren to their line-up recently.
Having all of these talented drivers, but also direct competitors, on your team is still a blessing as Tommy highlights. “They definitely push you. We share all the data, work on setups together and help each other improve.” But when the lights go out on race weekend, things look a bit different: “You are competitors on the track. You do fight, and you want to finish ahead of your teammates,” Tommy explains. However, there is still a bit of team protection, he admits. “You try to be a little bit more respectful with your teammates. Because the worst thing you can do is take out your friend and teammate.”
Recapping gamescom 2020
Tommy and Tom take a look back at all the surprising news gamescom 2020 brought us. Both of them are still quite surprised about Project Cars 3 winning an award for “Best Simulation” at the fair. “It’s really a joke,” Tommy boldly states. “I haven’t played it, but seeing it and seeing other people’s reviews, it really can’t be winning that. There are so many other great simulations that could have won.”