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
Which, perversely, actually works in his favour. Because having no background in motorsport barring late night PS3 duels - and as he himself proclaims - "I came to race with no preconceptions. I came like a clean slate." His driving mentors during GT Academy would sit him down after every session and take him through the circuit, corner by corner, assessing him and the car's progress. "We'd sit down with a sheet of paper with the circuit drawn on it, and there'd be three boxes by each corner - one for ‘turn in', one for ‘mid corner', one for ‘exit'. I'd have to write -1 to -5 if it was understeer, 0 if it was ok, and +1 to +5 if there was oversteer."
This little exercise reveals much about Jann's psychology: "It helped me a lot because you'd realise what you're doing as a driver: is it the car that needs to be changed? It's very easy to fall into the trap when you're a racing driver of blaming the car for everything, but a lot of the time it's down to the driver. I certainly take that on board."