From gamer to racer – meet a future star
We meet Jann Mardenborough, Nissan GT Academy winner and latest to progress from Gran Turismo...
Posted: 31 Jul 2012
These are the words of Jann Mardenborough. You might recognise his name, but if you don't, you should familiarise yourelf with it soon: he is of course, the 2011 winner of Nissan's rather astonishing ‘GT Academy', and rising wunderkind in the Sportscar racing circuit. And if his Spa sentiments feel peppered by the vocabulary of a hardened, died-in-the-wool racing driver, consider this: last year, Jann hadn't even competed in a GT race.
We're sitting in his plush motorhome at the 24hrs of Spa - the fourth round of the Blancpain Endurance series, itself a continuation of GT1 - and Jann's weekend has come to a crushing, crippling halt just two hours into the race.