Since its formation in 2008, Nissan's GT Academy has grown into one of the best driver selection and development programs in the world. The stakes are raised each year making the competition harder and making sure that only the best talent rises to the top.
A double-header weekend of racing lies ahead for Nissan with the final round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park on Sunday and round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship taking place in Bahrain on Saturday.
The Mission Motorsport team that will take on the 2012 Britcar 24 Hours were on track at Silverstone on Monday making final preparations for this weekend's race. The all-amateur crew took advantage of Nissan's GT Academy instructors to hone their newly acquired driving skills ahead of what will be one of their biggest racing challenges so far.
Belgian competitor Wolfgang Reip emerged victorious from over 830,000 European Gran Turismo® gamers when he was crowned Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy champion at Silverstone. The 25-year-old student from Lachutel will return to the UK shortly to embark on an intensive Driver Development Program preparing him to race in the demanding Dubai 24 Hours in January in a Nissan 370Z GT4 car.
The famous GT Academy Race Camp gets underway tomorrow at its now traditional home, the world-renowned Silverstone Circuit in the UK. Over 830,000 people from across Europe entered the fourth iteration of Nissan and PlayStation®'s innovative gamer-to-racer competition this year, and only the best 36 remain in the competition.
The top 32 of nearly 400,000 Gran Turismo®5 online racers met in this weekend in San Diego to determine the 16 contestants that will compete for top honors in the GT Academy North America TV show and forge the start of an on-track racing career.