Picture caption - L-R (2014 GT Academy Finalists - Karl Patel, Abhinav
Bhatt with Guillaume Sicard - President Nissan India and other finalists Glen
Ivan Suchitha and Prakash Nair) at the launch of second event
First they would have to
compete and show their prowess in the virtual world. Nissan and PlayStation
will once again be searching the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6, for a real
world racing driver. The revolutionary GT Academy prepares for its biggest year
yet and once again offers gamers the chance to live the dream as a NISMO
GT Academy India Live
Qualifying began on June 5, 2015 in Delhi and will proceed to Mumbai, Bangalore
and Chennai as per the following schedule:
5th – 7th June
DLF Place, Saket
12th- 14th June
Infinity 2, Malad (West)
19th – 21st June
Phoenix Market City, Whitefield
26th – 28th June
Express Avenue, Royapettah
The GT Academy Online Final
Qualification round commenced on June 2, 2015 and concludes on June 16 on Gran
Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3. Online gamers will have an opportunity to drive
the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo as a part of qualifying. Ten winners from the Live
Events will then join ten winners from the online game at the Indian National
Final to be held in July 2015, with the chance to grab one of six places at the
famous Silverstone Race Camp.
Last year over 5000 gamers
from all over India competed against each other in the race to the GT Academy
final race camp. Six fastest contestants from the National Final in India then
made it to Silverstone to compete with the winners from other regions. Abhinay
Bikkani, one of the finalists from India last year, is currently racing in the
Nissan Micra Cup in Canada.
Announcing the second season
of GT Academy in India, Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations
said, “ When we speak about innovation and excitement at Nissan, we not only
mean our cars but go beyond that with initiatives like GT Academy. Over the
years, the competition has given aspirants and dreamers an opportunity to race
real racing cars on tracks all over the world. We are glad that we were able to
fulfil one Indian’s dream last year and proudly launch the GT Academy 2015
today in India.”
A new competition, ‘GT Academy
Asia’, will also be launched for 2015. The Asian region will feature Thailand
and India, both of which were introduced to GT Academy in 2014 as part of the
International competition, and will also be open to gamers from Indonesia, the
Philippines and Nissan and PlayStation’s homeland, Japan. The winner of the GT
Academy in Asia will bag an opportunity to race at the Dubai 24hrs in January
The 2015 GT Academy
competition will be the biggest year yet for the virtual to reality
competition. Gamers from up to 24 countries around the world will be able to
enter, with GT Academy International and Asia reaching a staggering 2.2 billion
Since the first GT Academy
competition in 2008, millions of gamers have competed for the life-changing
prize of becoming a professional racing driver. Former GT Academy champions
Lucas Ordoñez and Jann Mardenborough have both enjoyed considerable success as
professional racers and this June will compete for Nissan at the very pinnacle
of motor sport in the LM P1 class at the famous Le Mans 24 Hours while Mark
Shulzhitskiy, previous GT Academy winner for Russia will be driving the Nissan
GT-R LM Nismo at the legendary endurance race.
NISMO Athlete Ricardo Sanchez,
is enjoying the life-changing journey of GT Academy and is currently racing a
Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the prestigious Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe.
Such success proves that winning GT Academy is a genuine opportunity to launch
a dream career as a racing driver.
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