He’s the fastest man on four wheels, even if he is sitting on the sofa.
But now Martin Hefferon is aiming to become a real life Nissan racing driver, as he looks to win a highly acclaimed virtual-to-reality European competition.
The 23-year-old from Hesketh Bank qualified in the top six of a national competition racing computerised cars around racetracks at the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy 2013 UK National Final, staged at the world famous Silverstone Circuit and now Martin will return to the circuit for Race Camp.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Martin.
“Driving is something I’m really in to and to compete with the best people in Europe is going to be amazing.”
Martin, a systems analyst at Nelson and Colne College, also marshalls at rally events across the county and says car racing is something he has always been interested in.
He said: “My favourite courses to play on are Suzuka and Silverstone so to get to go to race camp at Silverstone is incredible.”
Martin will feature on the ITV4 show, GT Academy after beating off thousands in the qualifying stages.
Over 765,000 gamers from around Europe entered the competition this year with the UK leading the way by drawing in over 148,000 entries via the online qualifying round.
The 24 UK qualifiers completed a series of nail-biting gaming challenges in the virtual versions of the Nissan GT-R and 370Z before reducing the number to 18 and again to 12 for the final phase of the UK Final.
They all faced a sequence of tests that measured the attributes of a modern day racing driver. They will then go head-to-head in a battle of survival at the uncompromising boot camp for aspiring racing drivers.
There will be only one of the six national UK representatives progressing to the European Final where they will face the leading competitors that have qualified through the 18 participating European countries.
Martin, who cites Lewis Hamilton as his hero due to his “amazing pace” said: “It was my third time at the national finals, so third time lucky!
“Now I’ve got through, I just need to keep working at it and keep going. I’m doing a lot of circuit training now, so just want to get stronger and fitter because there are going to be a lot of challenges at race camp.
“Even if I don’t win I’d still love to get into racing full time.”