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On Starters Orders For GT Academy 2012

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I hope you all had a great Easter. I am absolutely delighted to share some news that will be as mouth-watering as the chocolate treats you hopefully received last week.

The great news I can reveal today is that in just a few short weeks (May 1, so three to be precise), we will see the return of GT Academy.

GT Academy, as some of you may recall, is a remarkable PlayStation and Nissan competition that intends to take gamers from sofa, bedroom or other suitably domestic environment, to the high-octane world of international motorsport.

Now entering its fourth year, the competition has so far unearthed three real-life racing drivers from Europe and a fourth US driver from amongst the massed ranks of global Gran Turismo gamers.

The first ever GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez managed an incredible podium finish last year at the world famous Le Mans 24H and the subsequent winners Jordan Tresson and Jann Mardenborough have both gone on to establish themselves as genuine racing talent whose blossoming racing careers will continue in 2012.

GT Academy Drivers Take Class Podium at Dubai 24H - 1

This year as in previous years, GT Academy 2012 will consist of a number of stages kicking off with a PlayStation 3 based online event, National Finals, real life driving challenges at Racecamp, Silverstone and then on onwards and upwards towards a potential chance to race for Nissan at the Dubai 24H race in January 2013.

This year’s Academy is even more special as it will be kicked off with a newly created online qualification event developed by Kazunori Yamauchi and the team at Polyphony. This brand new Gran Turismo 5 based content will be completely free to download from PlayStation Network as of May 1 and you don’t even need to own Gran Turismo 5 to play it.

The new content features a set of exclusive challenges that should be a lot of fun whether you’ve played Gran Turismo before or whether you are coming to the game as a complete newbie.

So what countries are involved in GT Academy 2012 and how are they arranged? Well here’s the rundown:

Group 1

  • UK & Ireland
  • France
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Benelux
  • Poland
  • Switzerland
  • Austria

Group 2

  • Germany

Group 3

  • Russia

More news will be coming very soon on what you can expect for GT Academy 2012 and it will be here on PlayStation.Blog, gran-turismo.com and facebook.com/GTAcademy, so keep checking back.

In the meantime feast your eyes on the stunning opening movie from the brand new GT5 content incoming on 1 May that will kick things off.

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miattyheat 16 April, 2012 @ 12:18 pm   1

sounds great time to get back into some racing

 

Ah! No Scandinavian country’s included! :(

Pro_espace72 16 April, 2012 @ 12:36 pm   3

Why not Scandinavian countries + Finland included? I bet there is really good drivers on those countries ;)

Oh well, but have fun guys! :/

 
JonnyPauz 16 April, 2012 @ 12:37 pm   4

Where is the love for Australia, we do have some incredible driving talent here such as Mark Webber.

marclvztan 16 April, 2012 @ 12:42 pm   5

bring it on im ppl

Count me in! Bring it on!! :)

 

Nothing for us Scandinavians :(

LCachero_PHI_NZL 16 April, 2012 @ 1:20 pm   8

Penrose this is a massive slap in the face for New Zealand and Australia.

We had 38 other national finalists from those two countries who would’ve given it a whole lot more than the two who got sent to the 2010 race camp because quite frankly; they wasted their chance of becoming contracted racing drivers for Sony and Nissan.

We didn’t get our second chance last year and it is actually painful to find out that we’re not getting it this year either…

 

This is amazing. It´s fun to see how this game transfers to the real world.
It´s sad a lot of countries are excluded, why is that?
I´m not good enough to win but I´m sure going to have fun trying.
How you don´t need GT5 is kind of a strange desision to me. The game is very cheap now and it´s a great insentive to buy it if you want to try to become a real racer.

 
Azerach 16 April, 2012 @ 1:44 pm   10

Will the event be at least downloadable in countries excluded from the Academy? Would be fun to try it out and see how we stack up on the leaderboards.

 
Katun78 16 April, 2012 @ 1:53 pm   11

Where is Italy? :(

GTClub_Capp96100 16 April, 2012 @ 1:57 pm   12

And Italy? where is?

 
Huono_peleis 16 April, 2012 @ 2:25 pm   13

Second rate customers for Sony, Polyphony digital and Nissan come from Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, Moldova, Macedonia, Ukraine, Georgia, Czech, Cuprys, Croatia, Bulgaria and so on…

:D

IVI4IVIuRdeR 18 April, 2012 @ 8:02 am   16

I remember reading about one of the previous winners and thinking how cool this competition was, I never had a PlayStation then but I do now so really looking forward to this.

IVI4IVIuRdeR 18 April, 2012 @ 8:02 am   17

awesome

 
Marky264 18 April, 2012 @ 8:58 am   18

My favourite Annual GT Event is nearly here :) Can’t wait! Getting my DFGT this week as well so timed perfectly!, Can we pleaseeeeee have Gran Turismo Avatar Logo’s on the Store?! I’d really love that GT Academy 2012 Logo as an Avatar have you guys got any info on this?

Terveisiä vain kaikille Suomalaisille faneille :) Nordic Countries will thank and bow.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/VITTU-MITÄ-PASKAA/273336379540?ref=ts

tomek24euro 25 April, 2012 @ 4:22 am   20

Hi Guys :)
Do You know maybe what about Norway?
Will they can race with others?

tomek24euro 25 April, 2012 @ 4:27 am   21

And one more thing.
I will buy this week a race wheel for my play station.
But the question is-:on what kind of race wheel Gt Academy will organize in this 2012 racing competition?
Do You know maybe?

Thanks :)