Former motoring journalist Ashley Oldfield has emerged as the overall winner of the 2013 Nissan and PlayStation GT Academy in South Africa.
The top eight virtual racers in this country travelled to Silverstone in England for Race Camp, where Oldfield stood out as the best of the bunch and earned himself a place in Nissan's Driver Development Programme.
He's now sharing a house near the circuit with other winners of various GT Academy events, including drivers from Germany, Belgium, Qatar, Russia and the United States, each aiming for racing stardom.
Oldfield, who recently turned 29, is now involved in a host of motorsport events in England in order to rack up enough credibility to earn his international racing license - the key to his future as a professional racing driver.
Past winners of GT Academy have gone on to race at Le Mans and he has high hopes for the future.
"Le Mans is the ultimate for any racing driver," he said, "I was at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, and to see it all in al life was exceptional - it's the halo event of international motorsport."
Oldfield said he went into GT Academy to win it from the very beginning.
"I remember racing Lucas Ordoñez - a past GT Academy winner who has finished on the podium at Le Mans - at the media launch in October 2012 and I thought if I could beat him in karting I might be able to win GT Academy and join him on the international stage.
"GT Academy brings an entirely new angle to motorsport. There's such a wide spread of talent out there, but the cost involved in international motorsport makes it very difficult for anybody to crack the nod these days.
"The academy opens the doors for anybody, no matter what their background or occupation. Literally anybody could be next!"