From PlayStation to real-life driver, one gamer is living the dream

It sounds like the stuff of dreams, but for one gamer the reality of switching racing on the PlayStation to real life has come true.

Jann Mardenborough, who was born in Darlington, has signed up to race in GP3, with the 2011 GT Academy game competition winner moving ever closer to potentially competing in Formula One.

Taking a few steps back to recap, the GT Academy was a programme developed by Nissan and PlayStation and offered Gran Turismo gamers the opportunity to become real-life racers.

The idea of someone being able to make such a bold transition from racing on a games console to getting behind the wheel of a one-seater and racing in real-life is certainly not something you read about every day.

But 22-year-old Mardenborough has proved it’s possible and recently finished second in the TRS single-seater championship in New Zealand.

Mardenborough has now been signed by Arden International to compete in GP3 later this year, which is considered an F1 feeder series, as well as joining the Red Bull driver development programme.

Plenty of food for thought for other Gran Turismo enthusiasts out there!

Mardenborough said: "I feel ready for GP3. I’ve prepared well and I have all the right people around me to help my development so I can fully focus on my racing."

"This season is my opportunity to impress more people in the sport who make the decisions on who makes it into F1 and who doesn’t and I’m going to give it my best shot."

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