Videogame hot shoe to race in real 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Lucas Ordoñez won the first GT Academy time-trial contest, giving the gamer-racer his start in the FIA GT4 series. Now he's signed to Team Signatech Nissan, and will compete in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mind-blowing.

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Ordoñez's rise from virtual anonymity to a major series could be the ultimate digital coup, or at least the validation of the virtual realm as a source for the next generation of racers. Ordoñez, who's said he had "a little bit of racing experience" in his native Spain before competing in the Gran Turismo time trial, will pilot Team Signatech Nissan's ORECA O3 LMP2 car in the 2011 International Le Mans Cup, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June. He'll make his series debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring later this month.

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Apparently, he didn't cheat to get his seat.

[GT Planet Hat tip to Forgetful!]

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SouthernOracle
SouthernOracle

I'm really disappointed in all of the comments on this article. Nobody seems to have read the linked article or know anything about this guy other than the half blurb that was written on this site.

Mike, the least you could have done was have a sentence about the fact that the guy has already gone through 2 entire seasons in GT4 and finished 2nd in the championship in 2009 and 4th in 2010 (after only running 10/12 races). He even won the final race of the 2009 season. Instead, everybody thinks your comment about Sebring being his "debut" means that this will be his first race and that this guy has been playing video games in his mom's basement for the past 2 years since he won the GT Academy.