Podium finish IRL for PlayStation gamer

Mark Nichol

A PlayStation gamer who spent hours honing his Gran Turismo 5 skills has fulfilled the dream of probably every kid (or adult) that ever played it.

Jann Mardenborough, a 19-year-old from Cardiff, has gone from armchair racer to Dubai 24 Hour race podium finisher in a mere six months. He won Sony's GT Academy competition back in June, in which the best Gran Turismo 5 players on PlayStation 3 were invited to race virtually for a chance to forge a real racing career.