Jann Mardenborough, managed by Motors Formula Team, is set to compete at the Supertaikyu 24 Hours of Fuji on May 25-28, 2023, alongside the winning team from last year, HELM Motorsports. Mardenborough's participation in the race is generating buzz in the world of motorsports, following the release of the Gran Turismo movie trailer, which is based on his gamer-to-racer true story.
Mardenborough, who won the Nissan GT Academy in 2011, has already race several times at Fuji in a range of racing series, including the Japanese F3, Super Formula and GT300/500. He will team up with HELM Motorsports, the defending champions of last year's Supertaikyu 24 Hours of Fuji, in what promises to be an exciting race.
“I am honored and excited to join HELM Motorsports for the Supertaikyu 24 Hours of Fuji. I want to thank Yuya and Reiji Hiraki for this opportunity and look forward to working with the team to achieve great results” said Mardenborough. “It has been an incredible journey so far, and I also hope that my story being brought to life on the big screen with the Gran Turismo Movie will inspire others to chase their dreams”.
Ludovic PEZE, founder of Motors Formula Team, expressed his excitement about Mardenborough's new partnership: "We are thrilled to see Jann team up with HELM Motorsports for the Supertaikyu 24 Hours of Fuji. We have decided to work with Jann because he is a pure racer, and we believe that his partnership with HELM Motorsports will be a winning combination thanks to his huge experience in GT3 and Japanese races.”
Mardenborough's journey from gamer to racing driver has been an inspiration to many, and the Gran Turismo movie is set to bring his story to a wider audience. The trailer, which was released on May 2, 2023, has already received widespread praise for its gripping portrayal of Mardenborough's rise to fame.
Ludovic Huon, International Business Development & Marketing Advisor of Motors Formula team, added: "Jann’s story is truly inspiring and a testament to the power of perseverance and hard work. We have no doubt that he will continue to make significant impact in the motorsports world, both on and off the track.”
HELM Motorsports won last year's Supertaikyu 24 Hours of Fuji, and their partnership with Mardenborough is expected to be a strong contender for the top spot. The race promises to be fiercely competitive, with a field of experienced drivers vying for the championship title.
"We are very excited to have Jann, who has achieved a number of successes in Japan” said Yuya Hiraki from HELM Motorsports.”We are also looking forward to working with the NISSAN Nismo GTR, which will give us maximum performance. We will do our best with Jann for the best result of 24-hours race.”
The Supertaikyu 24 Hours of Fuji promises to be an exciting event, with Mardenborough joining a strong field of drivers in the ST-X (GT3) class. Fans of Mardenborough and the Gran Turismo franchise will be eagerly watching to see the outcome of this race.