Two years ago, Jann Mardenborough was just a regular 19-year old kid in the working class city of Cardiff, Wales, UK. He played video games, hung out with his buddies, golfed a little, looked after his car, watched his brother's soccer games…
Driving racecars wasn't something he did. Now it's his job.
How did this happen? He won GT Academy Europe 2011.
Jann entered the competition online in early 2011, and between March and April he bettered the times of hundreds of thousands of virtual competitors from across Europe.
His online performance was enough to get him a spot at Silverstone, where he would compete (and beat) 19 challengers for the coveted placement in the intensive Driver Training Program which was to become his first step towards a legitimate racing career.
Fast-forward to July, 2011. Jann makes his racing debut at the Welsh Sports and GT Championship at Pembrey, Wales. Shrugging off mechanical difficulties that plagued his ride on day one of the event, Jann put together a textbook performance on day two, piloting his RJN Motorsport Nissan 370Z® around the twisting track to a 3rd overall, 1st-in-class result. The podium performance also earns him a nod for Driver of the Day.
2012 — Podium finish at Dubai 24 Hours in 'All-Gamer' Nissan 370Z®
2012 — First place at Brands Hatch British GT
2012 — Pole position and and a 3rd place finish at British GT event at the Nurburging
2012 — Blancpain Endurance Series
2011 — Nissan Playstation GT Academy Europe Winner