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In this year’s Dubai 24 Hours endurance race, the Gran Turismo contest laureate has bombarded himself to a second place finish. This marks a stellar debut for the game fan turned pro driver. Each year, Sony launches a GT contest to mold racing fans into real racecar drivers. As we’ve mentioned before, this program often leads to successful results.
Sony’s Nissan 370Z Nismo was in the hands of Wolfgang Reip and Mark Shulzhitskiy, along with professionals Lucas Ordonez and Roman Rusinov. The car started in the ideal pole position, thanks to Lucas’ qualifier skills. Then, Nissan Playstation GT Academy winner Wolfgang made his professional debut and kept the car rolling, which eventually led to their podium spot, even if there were some technical difficulties when he ran into some debris. “Unfortunately on my in lap another car lost a wheel and the first I knew about it was when I hit it at full speed,” he stated, but also continued to say: “I then got to witness the RJN boys at work and they repaired my car in less than an hour.”
For some of you race fans, this program is just about a dream come true, but beware: Wolfgang beat out 830,000 participants in last year’s total roundup. Those are some slim odds, so you better get to practice right now if you want a shot!