Shanaka began his career in karting as a youngster, but began to take Esports seriously at the beginning of 2018. A year later he made it to the Pro Draft stage of the F1 Esports Pro Series, and was unfortunate to miss out on selection.
A year later, Shanaka went one step further and was selected by the team following a breakout 2020 in which he pulled off a shock by winning the Pro Exhibition Series race at Montreal on just his second event in the series.
"Thank you for the welcome! I'm just over the moon still, even though it's been a few days since I joined. I'm sure it'll take a while to sink in, but I'm pumped and raring to go to try and get some good results for the team!
"To be honest, my Esports aspirations only really started at the beginning of 2018. I think I started taking it a little bit more seriously on that year's game, and I somehow made it to the Pro Draft!
“I was extremely proud of that, and I did well at the Pro Draft - it could have gone better, I could have done worse.
"At the time I didn't get the opportunity, and naturally you reflect and think about what you can do better.
“Then I was fortunate enough to get a chance in the Pro Exhibition Series and I showed my talent – and Racing Point decided to give me a chance. I'm hugely grateful for that."
"They're extremely talented guys on the track and extremely nice and easy to work with off the track. I think we're going to make a great team.
"We've already had a little bit of experience alongside each other, but I think it's going to work really well in the F1 Esports Pro Series, so I'm excited about that."
“Coming off the back of the Pro Exhibition Series, the aim is to fight for wins. I think if we can get off to a good start, this team can do really well in the series.
"Naturally, the drivers in the field are incredibly close. So they will all be trying to extract every little bit on every track and in each race. But hopefully, we'll end up near the top!"