Nick was a frequent racer here at RaceDepartment, and whilst he may not have been fighting for victories, he was always a friendly presence on the (virtual) tarmac and on our TeamSpeak channel. Nick raced with us for several years, and in that time improved from a complete rookie making his first venture into the online SimRacing world, to a very respectable and competitive midfielder in some of our more recent championships.
Preferring open-wheeled speed machines, Nick was a stickler for hardcore racing. 'Make a mistake and lose a wheel? Too bad, that's racing', was always one of his mantras. So with that in mind, we will be taking the incredible McLaren MP4/8 for a spin around one of Nick's stomping grounds: Silverstone.
One of my fondest memories of Nick was a club race around Brands Hatch with the Ford Escort in Assetto Corsa. He loved that car, and he loved that track even more, where he told us about how he actually got to race Escort's around Brands Hatch in real life, when he was young, something most of us will never get the opportunity to try.
A British expat living in Australia, we'd always joke and banter about him being a Pom (or a "Pohm", as he'd always insist!), and he'd always be able to give it right back to us . Nick was equally as competitive about his racing as he was friendly, funny and understanding when having a chat on TeamSpeak.
Unfortunately, life sometimes deals a crappy hand, and despite his everlasting optimism, Nick was unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with cancer. He was never one to let it get him down, and he didn't talk about it often, so it was deeply saddening to log into RD on the morning of the 9th of October 2018 to a notification from Nick's brother, Dave, alerting us to Nick's passing earlier that morning.
Join us on Sunday the 11th of November as we give Nick a send off from his family here at RaceDepartment.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Nick's family at this time.
Nick Milton. 1963 - 2018.
Rest in Peace, mate.