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GT Academy driver to race at Monza against Valentino Rossi

Jann Mardenborough is starting his first full season as a professional race car driver this weekend at the temple of speed itself, Monza.

It is important to note that, Mardenborough is Nissan’s most recent Gran Turismo Academy winner. What is the GT Academy? It is a pretty awesome competition that gives potential race car driving hopefuls (couch potatoes) a chance to go from driving in a video game to real life race car driving. The competition is sponsored by Sony, Nissan, and played via PlayStation's Gran Turismo racing game online. There is then a group of sixteen candidates that are sent to race car driving school to refine their skills. The GT Academy has produced several successful racing drivers. Back in January several GT Academy winners secured a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Dubai in a Nissan 370Z.

The 20 year-old British racer will take on the ridiculously difficult and fast Monza track in the new Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. “The GT-R has very good high speed stability and fantastic brakes so I hope we can go out there and get a great result. We want to do well in this championship so we need to do a good solid job and not take any big risks.” said Mardenborough.

The No.35 GT Academy Team RJN car will be up against a lot of stiff competition. This includes brands such as Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and Porsche.

“I’ve never even been to Monza before let alone raced there,” said Jann. However he has driven the track via his PlayStation in the Grand Turismo racing games. “I know which way the corners go and I can’t wait to get out there for real.” he added.

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