For a kid who grew up in the shadow of one of America’s most beautiful racing circuits, this win was the culmination of one dream and the beginning of another. Nicholas Hammann of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin outlasted 11 finalists at the legendary Silverstone circuit in England to be crowned the 2014 Nissan GT Academy North American champion.
After three successful seasons on television and at the racetrack, Nissan GT Academy returns to U.S. television for its fourth season, looking for North America's next professional racer who will make the jump from the virtual racing world of PlayStation®3 racing simulator Gran Turismo®6 to the cockpit of a real racing car on the racetrack.
In these special Racing 101 instructional videos, 2011 GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough shows how to master a rolling start, heel-toe downshift, left foot brake, and why racing drivers use these techniques.
After beating a million other Gran Turismo gamers and shining at the relentlessly tough GT Academy Racecamp, this is the story of the winners as they journey from winning GT Academy at Silverstone to training as professional racing drivers for Nissan NISMO racing teams around the world.
The final European Le Mans Series event takes place this weekend at Estoril in Portugal, and Nissan will be there to celebrate 30 years of NISMO with the fans of Le Mans racing. This event also sees the LM P2 debut of 2013 GT Academy Europe winner and local man, Miguel Faisca.