Ever dreamt of becoming a pro racer? Well here’s your chance; the 2016 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy is almost here.
This year six territories are hosting the global initiative, which has seen 6 million entrants since it first launched in 2008.
Live Recruitment Events will be setup in Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, Philippines and Thailand with additional regions to come on board at a later date. Each region will send its six best drivers to Race Camp at the famous Silverstone circuit.
In partnership with Nissan, Polyphony Digital are supporting the competition with an early version of Gran Turismo Sport featuring only Nissan cars for the live recruitment phase of GT Academy 2016. Those participating in GT Academy 2016 will be amongst the first in Australia to experience the new PlayStation 4 game which is due for release from the 15th of November.
Once again, the overall winner of GT Academy 2016 will see he or she accelerate through an intensive driver development programme that will see them qualify for an International Race Licence. Eventually the drivers will race for Nissan in the prestigious 24H International Endurance Race.
In February Nissan announced its 2016 global motorsport programme confirming that previous winners of the Nissan GT Academy would continue to fly the flag for Nissan.
Jann Mardenborough has made the move to Japan where he competes in GT300 and Japanese Formula 3. Ricardo Sanchez now takes part in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.
Lucas Ordonez, Matt Simmons and Romain Sarazin all contest the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup while Bryan Heitkotter races in the Pirelli World Challenge and Nick Hamman competes in Canada’s Nissan Micra Cup.
“I entered the GT Academy competition to achieve my dream of becoming a professional racing driver”, said Matt 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”.
The 2016 Nissan GT Academy launches during August and begins with live events across the six participating territories. Live events will be hosted at shopping malls, universities, Nissan dealerships and theme. The 20 fastest drivers will then go on to qualify for a territory final, to take place between August and September, where their real world skills will be tested in fitness, communication and driving challenges.
GT Academy begins in October, time to dust of your controllers and get practicing.