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GT Academy Drivers Take Class Podium at Dubai 24H

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If you saw the GT Academy post last Friday you will know that this weekend, history was made with a race team composed entirely of PlayStation gamers taking to the track at the Dubai 24H as the final act in the GT Academy competition run in conjunction with Nissan.

The record breaking team included Lucas Ordoñez, winner of the first GT Academy in 2008, and 2010 winner Jordan Tresson. The remaining two berths in the team were taken by Jann Mardenborough and Bryan Heitkotter, the winners of the 2011 GT Academy contests in Europe and America respectively.

Following a weekend of drama and tension, the four Academy winning gamers managed to achieve an outstanding third-place in class podium finish. The chequered flag was eventually taken by British driver Jann Mardenborough.

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Reflecting on his incredible journey from Gran Turismo 5 gamer to real-life professional racing driver an ecstatic Jann had the following to say:

“That was without doubt the weekend of my life, the only thing that compares to it is winning GT Academy last June. It feels like pure joy. This is just the first step for me and now I hope that my performance in Dubai can take me further.”

The race marks the end of this particular chapter of the GT Academy story for both Jann and Bryan Heitkotter, but I’m sure it will not be the end of their journey.

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More news on GT Academy will be coming soon and will be found here on PlayStation Blog and gran-turismo.com.

In the meantime I hope you will join me in congratulating our four gamers on their outstanding, record-breaking achievement.

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can anyone tell me how 3d works on ps3 have the updat have the tv but do i need somthing else like spessial made glasses or do the normal tv glasses also work please help maurice aka popnagel

CoolRichy008UK 16 January, 2012 @ 4:39 pm   2

lmao (no comment)

Player42791 16 January, 2012 @ 5:00 pm   3

@popnagel

There’s usually a setting in 3D enabled games that you have to switch on I think. If your specifically looking for it in GT5 it’s in options>hardware>3DTV. If whe you click 3DTV, you get the error beep sound, you need to quit the game and go to “Display Settings” on the XMB then video output settings.

On a more related note, mega congratulations to the guys involved, what an achievement. Got myself a steering wheel for Christmas so I’m going to be on it this year! (can’t say I’m holding out much hope)

congratulations to all.
GT5 is an phenomenal game and a true simulator

CoolRichy008UK 17 January, 2012 @ 3:12 pm   6

i had gt5 it was boring cuz i wanted all levels open from the off and all cars if they had made dlc to unlock everything i would of kept it o well

Player42791 17 January, 2012 @ 3:19 pm   7

@CoolRichy008UK

If everything was instantly unlocked then the game would only be good for multiplayer. At the same time if you aren’t good enough to win the cars or the credits to buy them you wouldn’t get anywhere in the multiplayer.

it should have been me there i would have won miby next time

HardwirEDD 18 January, 2012 @ 11:50 am   9

@ CoolRichy008UK lmao thats ace