How to enter GT Academy 2010
From millions. To 20. To the number one. Start your engines for GT Academy 2010. This is how you could swap your sofa for a real racing car in the ultimate virtual to reality racing competition
Stage One - will offer Gran Turismo fans a sneak preview of the hotly-anticipated Gran Turismo 5 game, due for release during 2010. From the 17 December to 24 January, you can test your virtual racing skills to the limit by recording flying laps around the Indianapolis GP track, now available as a demo for download via the PlayStation Network, accessed through PlayStation Store for PS3.
Thrash every straight and hit every apex on the track in a production and tuned Nissan 370Z with your combined time being posted on the in-game leaderboard and on eu.gran-turismo.com
Unlike the first GT Academy, participants will not have to enter the competition using the GT5 Prologue game itself, and so even more hopeful racing drivers are expected to take part.
You can also enter at the GT Academy Stand (number 19150) at the AUTOSPORT International Racing Car Show, held at the NEC from 14th - 17th January 2010
Stage Two - the holders of the 20 fastest online lap times from each participating country will qualify for their national final event. Tensions will run high as they battle each other on another exclusive Gran Turismo 5 level for the chance to move to the next phase of the competition.
Stage Three - 20 finalists, chosen from each of the national finals events, will head to the world famous Silverstone circuit for the GT Academy itself - a five-day, comprehensive race driver 'boot camp'. They will have a chance to develop new driving skills in an array of Nissan, and other, hardware, while also being judged on fitness and mental attitude.
Stage Four - For the two competitors that display the talent, fitness, aptitude, drive and determination to succeed in motor sport, the action will hot-up even further. A UK-based intensive driving and racing programme will prepare them to qualify for an international racing license.
Stage Five - There is only one place available for the driver with the most potential to compete on an international stage. The overall GT Academy 2010 champion will race a full season in the European GT4 Cup in a Nissan 370Z prepared by RJN Motorsport. The opening race is currently scheduled for May, 2010.