In a story that could quite easily be turned into a heart-warming family friendly film, GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez has realised his dreams by finishing second in his class at this year's Le Mans 24 Hour.
The GT Academy competition uses a special version of Gran Turismo that is free to download. Gamers across the world compete for the best track time, with the winner offered the chance to race for a real team.
Spanish youngster Lucas Ordoñez triumphed in the inaugural GT Academy in 2008.
Since then he was raced in the European GT4 Cup and then got behind the wheel of a Nissan LMP2 at Le Mans. Despite suffering two punctures, the team managed a second in class finish.
“It was a day when all of my dreams came true," Ordoñez himself stated. Three years ago I won an amazing prize but never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would take me all the way to the Le Mans podium.
"I have been on the biggest adventure you could ever imagine and I must thank Nissan and PlayStation for creating GT Academy! I also have to thank my two teachers, Franck and Soheil, from whom I have learnt so much, and of course the Signatech Nissan boss, Philippe Sinault.
"Finally I must thank my family and friends for putting up with me while I pursue my dream. It will take a while for this to sink in for me but so far it is the most amazing feeling.”