On the 13th of June 2016 the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy launched the latest iteration of its virtual to real race competition. This year, six territories are hosting the global initiative, which has seen six million entrants since it first launched in 2008.
Hopeful racers residing in the following countries will be able to enter the competition: Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa (Algeria, Egypt and Morocco), Philippines & Thailand.
Further regions are set to launch their own GT Academy competitions at a later date in conjunction with Gran Turismo Sport, releasing on the PlayStation 4 from November 15.
As part of the longstanding partnership with Nissan, Polyphony Digital are supporting this competition with a unique, early version of Gran Turismo Sport featuring Nissan only cars for the live recruitment phase of GT Academy 2016, meaning that those participating in GT Academy 2016 will be amongst the first to experience this early version of Gran Turismo Sport before its release date.
An amazing prize is once again on offer to the overall winner of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy 2016. He or she will receive an intensive driver development program that will see them qualify for an International Race License so that they can go on to race in a prestigious 24H International Endurance Race for Nissan (or equivalent prize).
Hopefuls from around the world will be looking to follow in the footsteps of current NISMO Athletes and former GT Academy winners including Jann Marenborough, Lucas Ordóñez, Ricardo Sanchez, Romain Sarazin and Matt Simmons.
“I entered the GT Academy competition to achieve my dream of becoming a professional racing driver,” said Simmons, winner of the 2015 International GT Academy.
“GT Academy is an opportunity to make your racing dream come true. To make the most of it, you have to believe in yourself and your abilities but most of all, enjoy the experience”.