Gran Turismo fans have a chance to become a real racer in this year's GT Academy

Winner of Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition will receive training to compete in Dubai 24 Hour race.

Gran Turismo 6 fans will be able to put their skills to the test for the chance to become a real-life racer with the Australian 2014 season launch of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition.

Participants will need a copy of Gran Turismo 6 and a PlayStation 3 to partake in the event, which has just opened its qualifying rounds. GT Academy features separate competitions for Europe (France, Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Russia, Sweden, Poland and Czech Republic), Germany, USA, and a newly introduced International group (Australia, India, Middle East, Mexico and Thailand). Information for each region can be found on the Gran Turismo site.

The GT Academy qualification round launched with the recently released Gran Turismo 6 update. Fans who clock the fastest times in each region will be granted access to the National Final Event. Leading competitors at this event will then qualify for a week-long International Race Camp, which will test racers both off and on the Silverstone Circuit in the UK.

The overall international winner will go on to receive three months training to prepare to compete on the track at the Dubai 24 Hour race in January 2015.

Previous GT Academy winners are competing in this season's Blancpain Endurance Series, and Lucas Ordoñez (2008 champion) will be racing alongside Wolfgang Reip (2012 champion) at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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17 comments
lomar07
lomar07

At least they giving GT players the chance to experience REAL car sounds.

zerofrust
zerofrust

please don't kill yarself in the process...

Halloll
Halloll

btw you also need to be in good physical condition to be a racer, so no fatties or couch potatoes.

diego_corleone
diego_corleone

I would participate, if it was Forza Motorsport.

Gran Turismo is for amateurs.

hystavito
hystavito

@Halloll  I'm not gonna do the research :), but I wonder if previous winners were people that already had some kind of real world racing experience.  Maybe they had done some racing or training, but then this was their big break.

Triton
Triton

@diego_corleone   They both are for racers and each offer something little different, play both and get over yourself. - Of course unless you only have one game system to race on.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

@diego_corleone  This is a hilarious comment for an article like this. The one racing sim that actually bridges the gap between simulation and real racing, and you say it's for amateurs. Too funny! 


I like Forza too, but it's just a game.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@diego_corleone  ha ha nice one. If you are ordering racing games by realism in ascendin order, then GT is third.

1. Forza - most unrealistic arcade

2. Mario Kart - arcade

3. GT - realistic sim

lord_lad
lord_lad

@diego_corleone  just wondering whether any forza players ever make it to become a real racer........just saying...it's your subjective view that forza is more 'realistic' than GT...it's an objective fact that there are GT players that became real racers....regardless of how you feel about it in the console fanboy wars.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@PS2fweak @diego_corleone It's not nearly a racing sim, Gran Turismo has 1000+ cars and not one of them drives or fells anything like the real car, same with Forza.


You want to drives in a simulator experience them buy Assetto Corza, Project CARS or any of the Racing Simulators that are on PC, NOT CONSOLES.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@lord_lad @diego_corleone  forza is arcade, they don't even try to be realistic. Neither does Need For Speed (Forza is NFS without open world and cops). I'm not judging - some like arcade, others simulators

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@mr_nee Are you kidding?

Maybe you think of Horizon which is arcadey but Forza Motorsport is a simish racer.