Playing the racing game

Playing video games will get you nowhere young man. (pic Nissan)

Sony’s Gran Turismo games do a super job of making you think that you are a superstar racing driver, now a gamer has made the leap from virtual to reality. Lucas Ordonez was the first winner of the GT Academy that saw 25,000 gamers compete for the chance to become a racing driver for real, now the 25 year old Spaniard has signed for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Although he does have a karting background, Lucas had not raced since he was 16, except on his Playstation of course. Nissan have backed the scheme that uses Gran Turismo to unearth racing talent and after two years in FIA GT4 they are putting Ordonez in a the Signatech Nissan LMP2 car for a whole season that takes in the Le Mans 24 Hours, Sebring, Silverstone, Spa and other circuits around the world. The damage can’t be turned off, there is no save game feature and the images are all in 3D – this is the real deal.

It’s time for me to dust off the Playstation and get practicing for the 2011 GT Academy. I used to be quite a whizz at Geoff Crammond’s Grand Prix; I should have offered my services to Eddie Jordan when Gachot was behind bars…

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