Nissan Philippines GT Academy: The Search Is On For The Next NISMO Filipino Race Car Driver!

Are you a video gamer who’s fond of race car driving simulators? Do you play the Gran Turismo 6 on your Play Stations? Gran Turismo 6 is a must-have for those who really love cars and driving. It is a comprehensive racing simulator that allows fans to drive a prolific collection of cars on the world’s most legendary racetracks.

While the overall racing experience is one of sublime enjoyment for this driving simulator, the game still lacks the real live experience of driving a super fast racing car. But fret not! Nissan Philippines has just recently launched the GT Academy that aims to turn Filipino video gamers who can prove their driving skills in the world of video games to compete in a real racetrack. Yes, a real racetrack!

At the Nissan GT Academy Media Launch in Glorietta, Makati. L-R: SJ Hu, Nissan Phils. Gen. Manager for Marketing/ Antonio Zara, Nissan Philippines President and Managing Director/ Laurence Wiltshire, GTA Global’s Managing Director and Ricardo Sanchez, GT Academy International Champion 2014

With the launch of GT Academy in the Philippines, Nissan is offering an exciting opportunity for Filipinos to emerge as a breakthrough talent in the racing world, in the mold of Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Ayrton Senna, Filipino-Swiss Marlon Stockinger and the up and coming Ricardo Sanchez, winner of GT Academy International 2014.

Antonio Zara, Antonio Zara, Nissan Philippines President and Managing Director and Ricardo Sanchez, GT Academy International Champion 2014 during the launch

“We are looking forward to discovering even more new stars in 2015. Anyone in the Philippines who thinks they have what it takes should give GT Academy a go. Not everyone can win, but the experience is hugely rewarding at every stage of the competition.” said GTA Global’s Managing Director Laurence Wiltshire.

GTA Global’s Managing Director Laurence Wiltshire.

Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is the newest participant of the virtual-to-pro racing competition, the GT Academy. GT Academy gained prominence since its inception in 2008. Now on its seventh installment, this globally played competition sees an expansion in the form of the new GT Academy Asia, in which Philippines will be pitting against other Asian countries including Japan in the battle to become the GT Academy Champion.

So how does one become a pro race car driver and compete against other Asian countries including Japan in the battle to become the GT Academy Champion?

GT Academy takes skilled Gran Turismo 6 players and turns them into professional racers in five stages.

First Gear: The Recruitment (April – June)

Thousands of hopefuls will be narrowed down to the top 20 gamers to be determined by time trials taking place behind the wheel of GT pods during live racing events.

Second Gear: National Finals (July)

The National Finals will determine top 6 Filipino players who will go to the next round and go bumper-to-bumper with the best Gran Turismo drivers in Asia.

Third Gear: The Race Camp Week (August)

Players will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and driving skills against Asia’s best at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fourth Gear: Driver Development Program

The emerging GT Academy Champion in Asia will join other GT Academy winners in a rigorous training under the wing of professional coaches and racers at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fifth Gear: Graduation
After passing the Driver Development Program, graduates will receive their International C License, allowing them to compete in a prestigious racing event anywhere in the world.

“We are looking forward to discovering even more new stars in 2015. Anyone in the Philippines who thinks they have what it takes should give GT Academy a go. Not everyone can win, but the experience is hugely rewarding at every stage of the competition.” said GTA Global’s Managing Director Laurence Wiltshire.

For the schedule of live events and updates on the GT Academy Philippines, please visit www.facebook.com/NissanPhilippinesInc.

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