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
His difficulty is brought into sharp focus when you consider that he's only been racing professionally for a very short time - and very nearly would have never appeared on the sportscar radar had it not been for his prowess as a PlayStation thumbsmith. "If GT Academy wasn't here, I don't think I would have got into motorsport, because the money alone is, well..." He makes a gesture to suggest something excessive. "It all comes back to money. To fund a racing car - even a small one like a Ginetta junior car - you're talking thousands and thousands of pounds. You've got to have resources, you've got to have mechanics, everything." He puts up his hands. "No, no way, it's too much. Maybe I would have done a few track days later on in my life after I finished university, but it definitely wouldn't have happened otherwise."