- Jonathan Mogotsi dreamt of racing cars as a child and taught himself the basics while growing up
- Due to a lack of resources, Mogotsi turned to video games to train himself
- The young man was scouted by the Volkswagen Motorsport team and now races professionally, but is a business analyst by profession
The sad reality is that South African children have limitless potential, but are stifled due to a lack of resources in many communities.
Jonathan Mogotsi could so easily have remained as one of many children whose dreams never materialised due to the lack of opportunities.
However, the determined young man went from Hammanskraal to the city lights of Johannesburg to achieve his objective of becoming a race car driver.
Briefly.co.za understands that’s Mogotsi’s love for cars started at around the age of 10 when his father took him for long drives to explain the fundamentals of driving.
However, the passion really grew after attending a race event in a Super Trucks tournament at Kyalami.
Although Mogotsi quickly knew he wanted to explore racing as a career option, his lack of financial resources proved a stumbling block.
Mogotsi reveals how he turned to video games to hone his skills.
He said, “Gaming enabled me to dream and fantasise about driving any car I wanted. It was an escape and still is, to a certain extent.”
Good Things Guy reported that Mogotsi did so well learning on race simulators that he was discovered by the Volkswagen Motorsport Academy after winning a competition.
Since 2016, Mogotsi has been living his dream of racing cars.
The multi-talented young man works as a business analyst by profession and uses these skills to analyse race data after events.
His ultimate racing goal would be to win the 24-hour Le Mans race, but would also love to mentor young children to enable them to follow racing as a career path.
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