Manchester City Football Club stars become racing drivers for the day

Nissan has conducted a programme called the Dream Job Swap allowing its GT Academy drivers to switch professions with members of the Manchester United Football Club.

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Nissan GT Academy drivers have swapped professions with members of the Manchester United Football Club as part of a Dream Job Swap.

Following a Nissan-commissioned study that found nearly a third of nine to 13-year olds believe that footballers and racing drivers have the most exciting careers, footballers David Silva, Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala got behind the wheel of Nissan’s Juke NISMO RS and took to the track with the support of professional motorsport drivers Jann Mardenborough, Miguel Faisca, Ricardo Sanchez, Lucas Ordóñez for a car control session.

Following a few spins, stalls and false starts, Fernando and Mangala came through the semi-finals in Nissan’s on-track competition, with Mangala taking the trophy in a hard-fought final.

Portuguese Faisca won the football tests, under the watchful eye and tuition of City coaches and City Legend, Paul Dickov, which involved a speed, dribbling and shooting contest.

Nissan racing driver, Jann Mardenborough, 24, from Cardiff, was lucky enough to be able to choose from a career in football or motorsport. In his teens, he was signed to Cardiff City FC’s junior squad but, thanks Nissan’s GT Academy programme, opted for life as a racing driver instead.

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