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.
As the Donington 6 Hours approaches this weekend, Nissan's first GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez has added another 24-hour race to his schedule, as it was announced today that he would join the GT Academy Team RJN squad in the Spa 24 Hours at the end of the month.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Polyphony Digital Inc., in collaboration with Nissan North America, revealed today that 32 contestants have qualified for the final gaming round of GT Academy 2012.
Jann Mardenborough, driving the No.35 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, crossed the finishing line at Brands Hatch today just two-hundredths of a second ahead of the No.007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, to take his own and the GT-R's first major race victory a year to the day that he won Nissan's GT Academy competition.
The dream of becoming a professional race car driver looks more attainable for 2011 GT Academy USA champion Bryan Heitkotter after he qualified the Nissan Motorsports – GT Academy 370Z on the pole in for last weekend's Continental Tire Challenge Series race.
As the number of European entries into the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy 2012 competition soared to well over 500,000 this weekend, two previous Academy graduates were demonstrating why the gamer-to-racer competition continues to grow in scale and reputation.