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Nissan and Sony make virtual racing reality!

By James CLEARY, 17 May 2013 News

Gran Turismo 6, Nissan GT Academy, MOTOR magazine

Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have confirmed their GT Academy competition, that helps gamers become real racing drivers, will return for a fifth season.

Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have confirmed their GT Academy competition, that helps gamers become real racing drivers, will return for a fifth season.

Since 2008, the ‘virtual-to-reality’ competition has attracted over two million entries, with gamers and motor sport fans battling it out on the race driving game Gran Turismo for the chance to become real Nissan racing drivers.

The competition runs in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa, and Nissan's Director of Global Motorsport, Darren Cox says, "The selection process and driver development program are now so robust that we’re turning out some genuinely fast racing drivers.”

Six former winners are now competing with Nisan’s competition arm, NISMO, in top-level motor sport. In fact, Lucas Ordonez (2008 winner) and Jann Mardenborough (2011 winner) are racing at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours for Nissan.