SILVERSTONE, UK – In 2008, Nissan and PlayStation® joined forces in Europe to create an experiment to see if a Gran Turismo® gamer could transfer their skills to become a real racing driver. Fast forward to 2015, and the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy has attracted over five million entrants and become an established route into top-level motorsport. Its talented alumni continue to deliver race wins and podiums for Nissan in a variety of championships across the globe.
This year the International (Australia, Mexico, North Africa, Turkey, USA) and Asia (India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand) Race Camps took place at the beginning of August at Silverstone Circuit. Australian Matthew Simmons, a 26-year-old courier from Brisbane, managed to beat 29 competitors to be crowned 2015 GT Academy International winner. The following week an overwhelmed Jose Gerard Policarpio, a 26-year-old customer service agent from Parañaque in the Philippines, was named inaugural winner of GT Academy Asia. Both have already embarked on the Nissan Driver Development program to prepare them for the 2016 Dubai 24 Hour endurance race in January.
“The GT Academy program is amazing,” said Simmons. “You can really tell the driver development program trains you to become an athlete, and they teach you all the aspects so by the time you reach that pinnacle and you’re at the Dubai 24 Hours, you’re ready to take on the world.”
Here, for your viewing pleasure, we present video highlights from GT Academy 2015.
GT Academy Gymkhana! Drifting, Paintballs, Soldiers, Shooting, Flames and 370Zs
Stockcar Crashes and Smashes
Gamers vs Race Cars
360-Degree Sand Buggy Racing
The Final Race: U.S. vs Australia vs North Africa vs Turkey vs Mexico
Australia Win GT Academy 2015
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