From PlayStation to Pro Racer
When Jann Mardenborough first picked up his PlayStation controller at the age of eight, little did he know that it would eventually lead him to become a professional GT racer and even inspire a movie about his life.
The Start of a Passion
Introduced to the racing game Gran Turismo at a friend's house, Mardenborough quickly became hooked. With his dad Steve being a pro-footballer, Jann decided to pursue something he was truly passionate about.
The Gateway to Racing
Years later, with countless hours of PlayStation experience under his belt, Mardenborough entered an online tournament that offered winners the opportunity to join the real-life Nissan racing team. And he emerged victorious.
From Gamer to Racer
Despite never having set foot on a racetrack, Mardenborough's gaming skills seamlessly translated to real-life racing. He impressed on the track and soon found himself racing around the world.
A Hollywood Production
Mardenborough's story caught the attention of Hollywood, resulting in a movie about his life. The pro racer even played a key role in the film's production, performing many of the stunts himself to ensure authenticity.
Triumphs and Tragedy
While Mardenborough's rise to success has been remarkable, it hasn't been without its challenges. In 2015, he was involved in a tragic accident during a race in Germany that claimed the life of a spectator. Mardenborough escaped with minor injuries but had to confront the dark moments of his past while working on the film.
Now that the movie project is complete, Mardenborough is shifting his focus to the future. After racing in Japan for four years, he has his sights set on continuing his career in the United States.
Jann Mardenborough's journey from playing Gran Turismo on PlayStation to becoming a professional GT racer is an inspiring tale of following one's passion. With a movie about his life now released, he is ready to take on new challenges in the world of racing.