Blackburn student through to finals of European computer-gaming competition (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn student through to finals of European computer-gaming competition
4:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A STUDENT has won through to the final of a computer gaming competition after beating more than 765,000 hopefuls from across Europe.
John Foster, 18, is one of six people nationwide to reach the final of Nissan Playstation Gran Turismo.
And the teenager will win a season racing rally cars at Silverstone if he claims top spot.
The former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil, who received his A-level results on Thursday, completed a series of Gran Turismo gaming challenges in the virtual versions of the Nissan GT-R and 370Z racing cars.
John, of Saccary Lane, Blackburn then had to prove himself in real life test driving skills, a number of fitness tests and mock media interviews.
The six finalists will go on to GT Academy ‘race camp’ and battle it out for a place in the European final, the winner of which will get a full season’s racing in a 500-plus horsepower Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 race car.
The youngster, who will begin a motor sport engineering degree at Brunel University in London this September, said it was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.
John said: “It is an amazing feeling to be here. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity so I have got to make the most of it now and enjoy it.
“Before race camp, I’d like to get some real driving experience in, keep the fitness up and stay healthy.”
John, who lives with mum and dad, Janine and Steve, and sister Lesley, 19, will travel to Silverstone, near Northampton, in September.
Previous tournament winner Jann Mardenborough said John had a lot to look forward to if he emerged victorious.
He said: “I have been lucky enough to race at world famous circuits such as the Nurburgring, Spa and Monza, while competing in world famous races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“I wish our UK winners the best of luck, as they now face a really tough challenge at the International Race Camp.”
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