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2013-08-02 09:52

VIRTUAL TO REALITY RACING: Competitor Peter Pyzera on the GT6 demo is one of thousands of hopefuls who want to make it to the final rounds in the 2013 GT Academy in Europe. Image: Newspress

The European online phase of the virtual-to-reality GT Academy competition closed on Sunday (July 28) with more than 765 000 entries from 18  European countries.

South Africa’s Ashley Oldfield made it into the 2012 GT Academy SA finals right through to Silverstone. He is now in a driver training programme in the UK. The documentary starts this Saturday on DSTV’s SS5HD and SS5 at 2.10pm.

The UK had the most - 148 984. Worldwide - including South African - more than 1.3-million people have downloaded the special demo of the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 game featuring ultra-realistic recreations of the UK's Silverstone circuit, the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Nissan 370Z.


National final events across Europe will feature a Gran Turismo gaming competitionbefore competitors are tested behind the wheel of a real Nismo performance car, as well as for fitness and personality. The best of the gamer crop will be selected to represent their country at a race camp at Silverstone in September 2013.

Nissan's global motorsport director Darren Cox has been a passionate advocate of the GT Academy Champions, now Nismo Athletes, and is keen to assess the 2013 crop. "GT Academy has been responsible for unearthing some fantastic racing talent and we have the results to prove it. With so many entrants this year and increasing levels of realism from GT6 we are absolutely confident there will be some huge talent among these gamers.

“We recently announced that previous champions would race or test in Australia, the USA and Japan, and we had all six Nismo Athletes in action at the 2013 Spa 24 Hours."

Sony’s Usama Al-Qassab said: "After the national finals the action will move to Silverstone and, of course, these ultra-fast gamers will know exactly where to go having completed so many virtual laps there on the GT6 demo.”

The GT6TM online demo will remain open until the end of August 2013 with all players rewarded with the inclusion of a Nissan GT-R to drive in a final challenge, not linked to the GT Academy entry.

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