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
Just how far this likeable, shy teenager from Cardiff has come could also be measured by a recent excursion to Russia; despite the hardened racer who sits before us, there still lingers a small element of the little boy who loves racing. At the mention of his idol, he lights up like a Christmas tree. "For the past five years or so, I've looked up to Lewis Hamilton. I met him a week ago in Moscow, actually. I was over there for the Russian GT Academy, and he was there and somehow I managed to meet him. It was a massive surprise - it was amazing, I was chatting to him like he was an old friend."
He's gushing now. "What was even more cool was that Lewis knew who I was. When he told me he'd heard of me and of the GT Academy, my mouth just dropped to the floor. One of the best moments of my life." Boy done good.