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Nissan GT Academy



Do you dream of racing for real? Of swapping your PlayStation for a place on the grid at the Dubai International 24-Hour Race?

Now your dream could come true – as the GT Academy is offering one gamer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a professional racing driver.

Nissan and PlayStation® have joined forces again to offer a fourth year of the innovative GT Academy virtual-to-reality competition – a bold and uniquely challenging event.

The aim has always been to find real racing talent from the millions of Grand Turismo 5 gamers. And in 2008, they found just that in the eventual winner, Lucas Ordoñez. Season two winner was the hugely gifted Jordan Tresson. Season three saw the 19-year old Jann Mardenborough from Cardiff in the UK arise as winner of the European competition. Since then, all 3 winners have been racing together in the 2012 Dubai International 24-Hour race in the "All-gamer" 370Z GT4.

Now in its fourth year, the search is on for the latest ultra-talented Gran Turismo gamer to rise from the ranks.

Each finalist goes through a series of virtual and real elimination challenges – each tougher than the one before.

But there can only be one winner, only one who would go on to the six-month driver development programme - and then on to face the unique challenge of the grueling Dubai 24-Hour race.

As for 2012, well, who knows who the next GTA winner will be?

But if you can dream it - as Jann, Lucas and Jordan did - then you can do it…

You can qualify on PlayStation®3 starting on May 3rd at 17:00 GMT until June 26th at 23:59 GMT. It’s your chance to become a real racing driver!

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The place, Silverstone. The date, Thursday 16th June 2011. The event, the 2011 GT Academy Race Camp.

And thanks to Nissan, another dream comes true.

This year, 19-year-old Jann Mardenborough from Cardiff took pole position and the chequered flag in a four-way, 20-minute race. This win in the Nissan 370Z convinced Head Judge Eddie Irvine that Jann really was the worthy winner of GT Academy 2011.

This now-famous collaboration between Nissan and PlayStation®, launched in 2008, was designed to find real racing talent from the thousands of hardened gamers out there.

It was popular then, but in 2011, over 90,000 gamers from 10 European countries took part.

Round after round of elimination racing followed. Then Race Camp started for real on 10th June. There at the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race, the final 12 super-quick gamers watched 2008 GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez compete in the most prestigious endurance race on earth.

The race over, their work began. After months of real and virtual challenges, one winner finally emerged. Now Jann Mardenborough will begin an intensive Driver Development Programme and compete in UK national races and so qualify for an International Race Licence.

And he’ll need it. Because in January 2012, Jann will line up on the grid of the Dubai 24-Hour race in a Nissan 370Z GT4 car - the ultimate prize in what has become the ultimate racing competition.

In fact, there will be an incredible GT Academy line-up featuring three European and one US winner.


Another win for Nissan and their hugely talented race team as Nissan-powered cars finished 1st and 2nd in the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hour race.

The Zytek Nissan of Greaves Motorsport came first with Lucas Ordonez of the Oreca 03 Nissan second.
An incredible achievement, an incredible story. Lucas Ordonez, on the podium, after finishing the toughest race in the world – just three years after winning the GT Academy. To reach that level of driving skill, to keep his nerve, to battle tiredness and the other more seasoned drivers to take silver at Le Mans.... now that takes something very special indeed.
‘This is the best feeling I have ever had,’ said an emotional Ordonez after the race. ‘The team is amazing. We had a few problems but they managed it perfectly and now we are on the podium at Le Mans! There was a second when I thought it was all over and that was a difficult moment but we recovered and made it to second place. This is going to take some time to sink in.


What a year this has been! If ever proof was needed that the GT Academy produces winner after winner, then this year was it.

In both the Intercontinental le Mans Cup and the Blancpain Endurance Series, GT Academy drivers stormed to victory. Lucas Ordonez, the first GT Academy graduate, won the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in the LMP2 category with his team Signatech-Nissan.
Meanwhile, 2010 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson became the second of Nissan’s graduates to win an International Championship. Along with his RJN Motorsport team mates, Alex Buncombe and Chris Ward, he took the Nissan 370Z to the GT4 title in the Blancpain Endurance Series race at Silverstone.

The GT Academy is the only driver’s school in the world where virtual drivers can turn their dreams into reality. Within three years of winning the first ever GT Academy, Lucas Ordonez competed in the prestigious 24 Hours Le Mans race in June 2011, finishing 2nd on the podium. An amazing achievement - and a real inspiration for all gamers out there.
In fact, no other car company innovates like this. No-one else has opened up the world of professional racing to the public like this. No-one has caused such a stir - or created such success.

And long may the GT Academy continue.