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Jann Mardenborough
Born : 9 September 1991
Hometown / Resides : Darlington, United Kingdom / Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Achievements
2011 Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy Europe Winner
2012 Dubai 24 Hours, 3rd in Class
2012 British GT Championships, Nürburgring, Pole Position and 3rd Place
2012 British GT Championships, Brands Hatch, 1st Place
2012 British GT Championships, Snetterton, Podium
2012 Blancpain Endurance Series, Contested 4 Rounds
2013 Spa 24 Hours, Pro-Am podium
2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, Podium
2013 Formula 3 European Championship, Podium
2013 British F3 International Series, Podium
2014 TRS Single-Seater Series, New Zealand, Runner-up
2014 Sebring 12 Hours, Competing in the Nissan-powered Picket Racing LMP2 car
2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, Competing with OAK Racing
2014 Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver development programme
2014 GP3 with Arden Motorsport, 1st Place at Hockenheim
2014 GP3 with Arden Motorsport, 3rd Place in Hungary
2015 GP2 with Carlin at the Italian Grand Prix
2015 GP3 with Carlin, 3rd Place in the Catalunya race

Profile

Nissan’s revolutionary driver discovery and development programme, GT Academy, struck gold in 2011 when it unearthed the raw talent of Jann Mardenborough.

Jann was a student on a gap year when he heard about GT Academy. He knew he was pretty handy with his PS3 but could his skills in the virtual world be transferred just as successfully onto the race track? You bet they could.

Since winning Season Three of GT Academy in June 2011 Jann has proved to be every inch the professional racing driver and one of the most exciting young racing talents to appear in recent years.

The raw talent that caught the eye of the GT Academy judges soon attracted a lot of attention from the motorsport industry. Jann’s speed was such in the British GT Championship that he was given a penalty for being “too fast”. When EVO magazine presented its Emerging Talent award to Jann they said that he was: “blessed with star quality without the swagger, abundant aptitude without the attitude, and the kind of blistering pace that makes you want to weep.”

Jann is the first GT Academy winner to race in single-seaters and in 2014 he became a GP3 race winner with Arden Motorsport, while on the Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver development programme. Away from single-seaters, Jann’s performance in the Ligier-Nissan LMP2 car at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours was incredible.

Such is Jann’s talent the motorsport establishment became convinced that he had done a lot of karting as a child. The bad news for them is that he didn’t, in fact he went to his local kart track a total of six times over the course of a year when he was 10 years old.

In 2015 Jann completed the transition from PS3 to P1, becoming one of the first GT Academy winners to race in LMP1 for Nissan.