August 26, 2014

Jann Mardenborough joins the British Racing Drivers' Club

The winner of the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition, Jann Mardenborough, is now a member of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), arguably the most exclusive club in motorsport. This achievement is another nod from the motorsport 'establishment'
to Nissan's innovative driver discovery and development programme.

Three years ago Jann had just won GT Academy and he has just, in record time completed enough top-level, successful racing to meet the strict entry criteria for the BRDC. The gamer-turned-racer now joins an impressive list of members that includes Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Dario Franchitti, Allan McNish and Derek Bell to name but a few.

"I have watched Jann from the very start of his racing career, because I was curious and at first very skeptical. However, it was obvious right from the start that Jann was much more than a PR stunt, he was quick and has become a real racing driver. Jann has that steel in his eyes that tells you that he has the will to succeed. Sure he made a few mistakes at the start but he learnt very fast and has now become one of Britain's brightest stars and with this has surprised a lot of people and has now earned the respect of his fellow drivers. We at the BRDC saw this, that is why we made him a BRDC Rising Star almost straightaway and he has now become a Full Member in his own right. We are very proud to have Jann as a Member of the British Racing Drivers' Club," said Derek Warwick, President, BRDC.

Mardenborough added, "I'm really happy to have been accepted as a full BRDC member."

"When I first got Rising Star status that was unexpected so to now be a member of the BRDC, one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, is something that I never thought would happen. A lot of the members are my heroes so it's pretty cool to be a part of the same club. Being a full time member gives me a lot of confidence that what Nissan is doing and what I'm doing is correct. We're doing things well and it is getting recognised. We're on the right path to showing the world that there is another route into motorsport."


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