Guy Goes From Gran Turismo To Le Mans

In 2009, we told you about Spaniard Lucas Ordoñez, who won a Gran Turismo competition that gave him a shot at racing a real car. Fast forward to 2011 and the guy just made the podium at Le Mans, one of the world's most gruelling and prestigious car races.

Ordoñez, who only a few years ago was a uni student bumming around playing GT in his spare time, has been racing professionally for a little while now thanks to his win in the GT Academy competition (which gave game players the chance to race real cars), but there's a big difference between toiling away in the nether-regions of European motorsport to participating in the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.

Part of the Signatech Nissan team, whose cars were complete with massive PlayStation livery, Ordoñez and his teammates Franck Mailleux and Soheil Ayari overcame two punctures to finish second in their class for the race, which while not second overall is still a great achievement.

Last time I ran a race that well I got a sore thumb and sore eyes. Ordoñez gets to stand on the podium, be showered with expensive champagne and race fast cars for a living. Well played, sir, well played.

GT Academy Winner Gains Podium Finish At Le Mans [PlayStation]


    This will be made into a movie one day. Nerd becomes Le Mans champion.

    I remember this story. I also remember not giving a toss because anyone can race cars professionally, as long as they stick to noodle cups for dinner every night.

    ... Not everyone can make podium at Le Mans. THAT is an achievement.

    Now if only Nintendo would get off their ass and make an F-Zero with no game-breaking bugs, we could have a competition over that and I could ruin everyone. :D

    "Ordoñez was the second man up, taking the controls ahead of the race's third hour. The 25-year-old Spaniard struggled to find his rhythm, turning in lap times seconds slower than those of his teammates"

    This is from his race at the Sebring 12h, still not too bad for a relative beginner but he was carried through somewhat by his team mates it seems.

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