Sim racing league and community platform Grid Finder has been acquired by RAFA Racing Club for an undisclosed amount reportedly in seven-figures.
Launched by Tom Stapley-Bunten in 2020 to help racers find leagues across titles including Assetto Corsa, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport and more, the Newcastle business cofounded by CTO Nikhil Patel and CIO Chris Honniball raised £200,000 in pre-seed funding from an angel syndicate led by Kevin Beales, with more investment secured since, including from Maximo Capital, the venture arm of RAFA Racing Club
Grid Finder how hosts more than 3,000 racing communities, with more than 500,000 racers using it, and has worked with Formula E and Porsche Motorsport North America. It’s also currently working with several gaming studios to build direct integrations into their games and sims.
Plans for Grid Finder going forwards will be the scale the platform with more tools for sim racers, league managers, livery designers, modders, engineers, broadcasters, commentators and stewards. They’ll also be building tech capability across the RAFA family of brands, with RAFA Racing Club building a network of venues for motorsport and sports car fans, with their first Clubhouse in Houston being followed by more around the world.
Tom Stapley-Bunten (CEO) – “Becoming part of the RAFA family of brands opens up huge opportunities for the team and the platform. Grid Finder now has the resources and supported vision to provide immense value to the online racing space. I’m incredibly proud of our entirely self-taught team for building something with so much potential in such a nascent market. With RAFA Racing’s passion, vision and resources, we’ll be able to scale our product to serve a global community of racing fans.”