GT Academy Qualifying Process Begins July 2nd with GT6 Demo

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GT Academy Qualifying Process Begins July 2nd with GT6 Demo

This weekend, at the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours, two former GT Academy Champions, Lucas Ordoñez and Jann Mardenborough, both raced in a Nissan-powered LMP2 car recording an impressive 4th place finish in class. Ordoñez and Mardenborough are among the elite band of Nismo Athletes who have successfully challenged the traditional route into motorsport as graduates of GT Academy – a unique collaboration that leverages the virtual world of the Gran Turismo game to unearth real-world racing talent for Nissan’s race team.

GT Academy 2013

GT Academy 2013, the biggest competition in its history, will officially kick off with qualifications starting Tuesday, July 2, and ending Sunday, July 28, at 3:59 p.m. PST. The only way to qualify is by downloading the demo for PlayStation 3 and racing for the best qualifying times to advance to National Finals, where they’ll compete for a place in the Silverstone race camp to determine one ultimate winner from each country. This year, the stakes are even higher as players will get on the testing grounds with a new demo from the unreleased Gran Turismo 6 game for PlayStation 3, giving fans around the world a sneak peek into the biggest racing game of the year.

The demo will remain available to play even after the competition concludes until Aug. 31 and is open to all Gran Turismo fans, including gamers who do not wish to enter the 2013 GT Academy contest.

Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the Gran Turismo series, has set an interesting challenge for Gran Turismo entrants featuring stunningly re-created Nissan cars including the Leaf, 370Z and GT-R. The GT6 demo will guide players through beginner rounds of a GT Academy-themed race camp before unlocking the final qualifying event featuring the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, making GT Academy equally accessible to Gran Turismo novices and experts alike. Anyone who registers and submits a qualifying time will receive free bonus content.

GT Academy 2013

GT Academy in the United States, along with Russia and Germany, will each have standalone qualifying contests to designate the countries’ top Gran Turismo drivers. Europe’s 2013 Academy includes France, Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) and CEE (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia). The winners of each of the GT Academy competitions will then be put through an incredibly intensive and thorough Driver Development Program, rated among the best in the world, in order to qualify for the ultimate competition prize – a full season racing a Nissan GT-R GT3 NISMO in a top-level championship.

“GT Academy is testament to why Gran Turismo is the true racing simulator,” said Asad Qizilbash, senior director of product marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America. “The PlayStation community has proven time and time again that Gran Turismo’s racing mechanics translate to the real world of race car driving, with racers who first cut their teeth racing in Gran Turismo now competing on the world stage. We encourage gamers of all skill levels to enter the contest, not just to be among the first to play Gran Turismo 6, but also for a chance to turn their driving passion into a career in the race world.”

The innovative partnership between Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment has attracted more than two million entrants since its inception in 2008, and has developed a number of successful racing drivers now competing for Nissan in top-level international motor sport.

GT Academy 2013

“At the weekend, two former winners of GT Academy lined up in the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 car to compete in arguably the greatest race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours, said Darren Cox, director of global motorsport at Nissan. “Their impressive 4th-place finish shows the phenomenal success of the GT Academy program and its world class Driver Development Program. There is no clearer demonstration of why it is worth entering GT Academy, as it could be you next. Even if you don’t make it that far, there is no harm in dreaming and racing some lovely Nissan cars in the GT6 demo.”

Eligible entrants within the participating countries will need a Sony Entertainment Network account and access to a PlayStation 3 connected to the internet. They can download the free qualifying GT6 demo from the PlayStation Store, with no ownership of the Gran Turismo game required. People without a PS3 can enter the competition via a series of GT Academy Live Events that will be promoted by PlayStation and Nissan locally.

Details of how to enter GT Academy 2013 can be found on various platforms including:, and

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  • That’s my boy, Ken Chan! Tell everyone what you drive. :P

  • Nice, the demo will be out for us to try!

  • The Gran Turismo series is untouchable. Sinked hundreds of hours into GT2 when I was a yout. It was my first PS one game :) and have bought every one since. Thank you Polyphony Digital.

  • The Demo will be available July 2nd? Sweet!

  • GT FTW!

  • This is why the GT series will never die, because of the little things they do. That’s what matters most!!!!!!!!!

  • So stoked for GT6!

  • Canada??? Remember that huge country to the north!!!!

  • i have both consoles so i am being totally objective when saying this. gran turismo sucks compared to forza.

  • Go to Google

    Search “Let’s Get FlatOut Head On PS Vita Compatible”

    Click on the first result.

    Sign the petition please.

    Thank you

  • Lol @samtheman…I know lots of people so iam being objective when saying this…your opinion sucks.
    Anywho so excited for this!!

  • Yay! Can’t wait for this game!!

    On I side note, are we ever going to see the original .hack// series on the PS Vita? In my opinion it was one of the better RPG series out there.

  • I have to laugh at SamTheXbot91. Forza isn’t even close to the first GT game. Now run along and play with your lousy Forza garbage.

  • @8 I live in Canada as well. The world is scared to race us. GT5 hardest platinum going.

  • Forza is a fun game, but it is the kind of mindless fun that anyone ages 5 to 100 can have with a regular racing video game.

    Gran Turismo is also a very fun game, but it is fun because when you take a car in GT for a drive on a track, you know that you’re getting the closest possible true to life performance that any racing game at the time will be capable of delivering to you.

    The above comment is especially true if you’re brave enough to use a Logitech or Thrustmaster wheel to play the game. I platinumed GT5 only using my Driving Force GT wheel, I never cheated and used a DS3, not even once.

    Bring on GT Academy, I never win, but I do post some really competitive times!

    Hey Ken,

    If you guys do plan on making any Collector’s Editions or PS3 bundles for GT6, please, please, please don’t regionalize the content.

    I was very bummed that I couldn’t get the Signature Edition of GT5 (EU exclusive), or the GT5 PS3 bundle that came with a GORGEOUS blue PS3 Slim (Japan exclusive).

  • So I am safe to assume that Canada is out of this this round again ???

  • Sweet, I’m curious to see what the Demo is about. I won’t be joining the competition but good luck to everyone who does.

  • Why can’t you include Canada? Come on!!! That’s lame…

  • Which is the best steering wheel for the fastest times ??? even if it dose help a little like 0.1 sec a lap . Please help me found out . I got DFGT , will it make any difference if i buy G27 or Thrumasster 500???? or other wheels if there are…

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