Two Guys Go From Racing Games To Racing Real Cars

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Last year, Sony and Nissan teamed up to hold a Gran Turismo competition. GT racers would compete for a spot on a real race team. The winners are in, so let's go meet 'em.

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Lars Schlömer is a German cab driver. Lucas Ordóñez is a uni student from Spain. Both are mad Gran Turismo fanboys, both have mad Gran Turismo skills, both will now be racing in the 24-hour Dubai endurance race on January 8 after they beat out 25,000 other competitors in GT5: Prologue for the top prize.

They'll be joined on the team (the Nissan PlayStation Team) by ex-Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert, and really, as far as game competitions go I'm stumped trying to come up with one that's so damn amazing.

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I'm anxious to see how they do. Sony's taking a bit of a bet thinking that racing game skills will translate to real-world driving skills. No doubt the two will be receiving some additional training prior to the actual race.

I have noticed that extinsive in-game experience with driving has made me personally quite a dangerous driver to encounter on normal residential roads, since I have a natural tendancy to cut corners and reduce steering. I do shift a lot more efficiently though :/