Jann Mardenborough gained the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competitors in 2011, incomes the prospect to participate in skilled racing. Backed by Nissan, he has since competed extensively in sports activities automobile racing and accomplished one season in single seaters; he is completed with a category podium on the Le Mans 24 Hours and as runner-up within the Toyota Racing Collection in New Zealand.
As a part of the Infiniti Purple Bull Racing driver growth programme, he’ll race for Arden Worldwide on this 12 months’s GP3 Championship – one of the necessary feeder collection for Components One.
I began gaming once I was seven
Taking part in Gran Turismo on the unique PlayStation, actually simply racing video games, I performed the odd taking pictures sport every now and then however the majority of it was racing, I’ve all the time had a ardour for Gran Turismo and to drive vehicles I might most likely by no means, ever, get to drive.
For my A-levels I designed a gaming pod to race in
I made it out of MDF wooden and purchased myself a wheel paddle with some cash I saved up, after which I used to be away. A few 12 months later GT Academy got here spherical, and served me fairly nicely.
Successful GT Academy was the most effective second of my life
I knew that my life was going to vary massively. After that, the primary time I drove a quick GT automobile, a quick highway automobile, that was a fairly cool second – to be launched spherical Silverstone in a 500-horse energy Nissan GT-R was fairly loopy for a 19-year-old.
The transition from videogame to real-life driving wasn’t that troublesome
The controls and physics engines in video games nowadays are loopy, they take real-life knowledge from vehicles after which put them into code in order that the best way that the automobile pitches and brakes and the steering enter works very nicely in racing video games.
After all you’re feeling the G-force which you do not within the sport, however you are so tightly strapped into the seat, that it is not likely a difficulty.
Individuals assume gaming is simply lounging round
However it might really be one thing that is unbelievable and, though it is all occurred very, in a short time, it is a amazingly cool scenario to search out myself in.
In a method, I am type of dwelling out my childhood dream, so it’s extremely fulfilling that gaming is what has allowed me to try this.
It will be absolutely the pinnacle for me to succeed in F1
However I am concentrating this 12 months on GP3 and can attempt to develop and enhance. The Infiniti Purple Bull Racing driver growth programme means I can use their simulators to coach in order that I can arrive at a observe I’ve by no means pushed at earlier than and will be on the tempo within the first observe session.
A number of guys have made the soar into the highest of the game from GP3, so it is good to know that I am within the appropriate championship, and with an ideal group as nicely, I am in an ideal place to get the ball rolling.
The GP3 season begins in Spain on 9 Could, Sky are televising all of the races