April 20, 2015

'Dream Job' on offer for winner of seventh Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition

Nissan and PlayStation have joined forces for a seventh year to offer a 'dream job' to one lucky Gran Turismo gamer. The Nissan PlayStation GT Academy defies convention and opens up the possibility of a career in motor sport to anybody, male or female, that has ever
harboured a desire to race. The 2015 iteration begins on April 21, 2015 with a qualifying competition featuring in-game challenges on Gran Turismo6 for PlayStation3 running until June 16, 2015. Further opportunities to qualify are available at a series of mass-participation GT Academy live events taking place in participating countries.

GT Academy is aiming to broaden its appeal in 2015. Anyone over the age of 18 who has ever thought 'what if...?' is invited by Nissan and PlayStation to 'take another road' and pursue their dream job through the competition (terms & conditions apply).

The European version of GT Academy is made even more attractive with the news that Race Camp, the final selection process for the winner, will move from Silverstone to the incredible Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. If the trip to Abu Dhabi to drive Nissan sports cars on a leading F1 circuit is not prize enough, the winner will enjoy a life-changing new career with extensive international travel, top-level on-the-job-training, a great team surrounding them and a stunning company car.

The GT Academy competition has a proven track record. After a series of challenges at Race Camp to unearth the winner, he or she will be put through one of the most advanced Driver Development Programmes in the world. The intense and comprehensive training will ready them for the ultimate prize - a season's racing in the competitive Blancpain Endurance Series driving a 550 bhp Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 race car.

"Whenever I explain GT Academy to people I meet, no matter who, they are blown away by the concept," said Olivier Pierini, Sponsorship and Partnership Manager for Nissan Europe. "Either they want to enter themselves or they know someone who would love it. So this year we simply want to make GT Academy bigger and more accessible than ever. GT Academy delivers 'innovation that excites' and we want to shout about it and put it firmly on the radar of those that are tempted to take another road in their lives and follow a dream."

"This is another exciting milestone year for GT Academy and a source of great pride for us," added Kazunori Yamauchi, President, Polyphony Digital Inc., the creators of Gran Turismo. "We have two GT Academy graduates racing in the top class at Le Mans and an ambitious programme that will introduce new fans to Gran Turismo, as they test themselves to see if they have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Jann (Mardenborough), Lucas (Ordoñez) and the other Nismo Athletes. It is truly an incredible competition and I would highly recommend that people have a go, whatever their level on the game."

The competition is open to players over 18 years old who are resident in 12 European countries split into the following groups - France, Italy, Germany, UK, Iberia (Spain, Portugal), Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg) and CEE (Poland, Hungary, Czech Rep.).


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