By Steve Wright
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and the Nissan Motor Company Australia today announced Aussies will get the chance to enter the GT Academy program, a competition that aims to turn a Gran Turismo gamer into a real-world professional race driver.
The Nissan PlayStation GT Academy will track Gran Turismo 6 player leaderboards, eventually pitting Australia's top 14 gamers against one another at a live national final event. Select V8 Supercar Championship events around the country will select an 14 additional wildcard entrants.
"The collective 28 will participate in a National Final event where they will battle in special racing pods during a series of Gran Turismo 6 rounds, driving skill challenges in a real Nissan sports-car, a fitness challenge and a media test," Sony today said of the national final.
From there, six winners will move on to the international finals, held at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK.
"GT Academy’s inaugural winner, Lucas Ordonez, has gone on to become the poster boy for ‘virtual to reality’ racing," Sony said. "The Spaniard became the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am champion in 2013 and was a podium finisher at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LM P2 class in both 2011 and 2013."
You can find out more about the event here.