Racing dream comes true for ‘virtual to reality’ racer

Racing dream comes true for 'virtual to reality' racerIt’s not every day that your dreams come true or that life imitates the virtual world, but that can not be said for Nissan’s ‘virtual to reality’ racer, Lucas Ordinez.

Lucas won the Nissan/PlayStation GT Academy 2008, a competition for Gran Turismo gamers that puts the champion player into the cockpit of an actual race car.

Lucas took a step closer to tasting his racing ambitions last weekend while competing at the Sebring 12 Hours Le Mans race in Florida.

After 12 hours of gruelling racing at the notoriously difficult Sebring track, Lucas and his Signatech Nissan team mates Frank Mailleux and Soheil Ayari, achieved a respectable second place in the LMP2 class.

The podium finish in the race has cemented Nissan’s return to Le Mans racing and Lucas has just one more race to complete before he steps up to the plate at Le Mans in June.

Lucas spent a lot of time at the circuit virtually before he got to the real track and he says that really helped his preparation.

“A few months ago I could never have imagined that I’d be racing here at Sebring in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup,” said Lucas.

“Personally, I feel that I made some small mistakes out there today but I’m learning all the time and I can certainly take away many lessons from this race.

“One thing I need to work on for example is carrying as much speed into the corners as possible. You don’t feel the huge downforce on a Playstation – yet,” added Lucas.

“We now have a few weeks before the next race in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium and we’ll be working round the clock to at least match this great result.”

Darren Cox, Nissan Europe Chief Marketing Manager of Crossover and Sports Cars said: “The team and Lucas have learnt a lot this weekend and without the electrical gremlins we would have had a fairytale here.”

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