World’s Best Gran Turismo Video Game Player Now a Professional Race Car Driver

By: | November 28th, 2014

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GT Academy – Gran Turisomo (Image Coutesy www.eu.gran.turismo.com)

In 2011, Jann Mardenborough of the UK became the world’s best Gran Turismo player in a competition sponsored by the Nissan PlayStation Gran Turismo (GT) Academy.

Now, Mardenborough is living his dream. He is a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), one of the world’s most exclusive motorsport organizations, has graduated from the GT academy and has won a GP3 race in his first season. The GP3 Series is designed as a training ground for young drivers aspiring to become professional drivers.

In the past three years, Mardenborough has learned real-world racing techniques and preparation, including how to deal with expensive top-of-the-line equipment and the strenuous physical demand race drivers experience.

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GT Academy – Gran Turismo (Image Courtesy www.eu.gran-turismo.com)

Real Life Racing Not That Different from Gran Turismo

According to Mardenborough, “If you had no experience at all at driving anything in real life, and you had a pedal setup in a rig and had Gran Turismo 6, you could jump from that into a real car, and drive it very near the limit or on the limit.”

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GT Academy – Gran Turismo. Inside a real race car. Image Courtesy www.eu.gran.turismo.com)

Mardenborough and others like him have inspired the gaming and motorsports world, giving anyone capable of high performance in a video game a new route to becoming a professional, real-world driver.

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