Gran Turismo to recruit next racing great from gamer talent pool


Nissan and PlayStation® have joined forces to offer one lucky fan the chance to launch a career in motor sport.

Nissan is offering one gamer the opportunity to “take a different road” and apply to the GT Academy to compete to become the next big name in race car driving.

All entrants must undergo a rigorous selection process, involving qualifying matches, National Finals and European heats, before the final few are invited to GT Academy’s Race Camp.

With the promise of “extensive international travel, top-level on-the-job-training and a stunning company car”, the competition is open to all Gran Turismo fans aged 18 years and above.

Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Communications General Manager at Nissan Europe SAS, explains the hype behind the once in a life time job offer, saying; “Whenever I explain GT Academy to people I meet, no matter who, they are blown away by the concept.”

“Either they want to enter themselves or they know someone who would love it. So this year we simply want to make GT Academy bigger and more accessible than ever. GT Academy delivers ‘innovation that excites’ and we want to shout about it.”

Looking to past entrants to the GT Academy, the future seems bright for the 2015 winner.

Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. and creator of the Gran Turismo franchise, is quick to remind prospective candidates of what they have to live up to, claiming: “We have two GT Academy graduates racing in the top class at Le Mans and an ambitious programme that will introduce new fans to Gran Turismo, as they test themselves to see if they have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Jann Mardenborough, Lucas Ordoñez and the other NISMO Athletes.”

All entrants must apply online by launching Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation®3 and selecting the "GT Academy 2015" option. Applicants must register before the end of May to be in with a chance of competing in the online qualifying rounds.

Comments (1)

  • Anon
    Thu, 21 May 2015 1:17pm BST
    After Jann Mardenbroughs flying GTR at "The Ring" is this the best way to be picking raving drivers?

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