Final Call For GT Academy Entries

Last Chance To Win The Ultimate Driving Prize

* one week left to the close of entries for the GT Academy *

 A  night  in  a  London  hotel  and  a  trip  to  the  British  International  Motor  Show  hosted  by PlayStation® and Nissan; a four-day driver training camp at the famous Silverstone circuit and the chance to drive the brand new Nissan GT-R around the track; a four-month intensive driver training programme, including entries into a number of races to qualify for an international race license; full, bespoke racing driver kit; a Nissan factory-supported drive in a race-prepared 350z in the Dubai International 24 Hour Endurance Race – it could be you…

The countdown begins today for UK gamers who – like most people – would love to have a chance to win that  ultimate driving prize.  Sony  Computer Entertainment and Nissan’s GT  Academy competition has only one week left before the fastest 20 online drivers from the UK and Ireland will be selected to attend a national finals event during the British International Motor Show at London’s Excel on Friday, 1 August.

So if you think you are fast enough, or if you just think “why not?”, get online to register and record your fastest lap before 11:59pm on Friday, 18 July! Created by PlayStation and Nissan, GT Academy is designed to unite the worlds of virtual and real-life racing and make the dreams of  aspiring race drivers a reality.  To  enter,  PS3TM owners must register their  PLAYSTATION®Network  sign-in  ID  on  www.GTAcademy.eu.  The  next  time  they  play  Gran Turismo 5 PrologueTM online on PSN they will be able to compete in the GT Academy time trial driving a Nissan Fairlady z 07 around the Eiger Nordwand track.

The 20 national finalists will have to slug it out on the GT Prologue game in front of a crowd on Nissan’s stand  at  the  motor  show.  Three  winners  will  be  chosen  to  represent  the  UK  and  Ireland  at  an international  finals  event  at  Silverstone  at  the  end  of  August.  With  winners  attending  from  all  12 participating European countries, the competition promises to be fierce at Silverstone. All competitors will undergo actual driving instruction and have the opportunity to take the wheel of the stunning new Nissan GT-R. A panel of experts will have the final say as to which two drivers will progress to the final stage of the GT Academy.

Between September and January 2009 the two winners from Silverstone will be measured up for top of the  range  helmet  and  driver  overalls  and  then  put  through  their  paces  with  some  intensive  driver training. In order to qualify for an international race license they will have to participate in a number of races  with  the  RJN  Motorsport  Nissan  team. 

Once  qualified,  the  team  will  run  the  pair  in  a  fully- prepared Nissan 350z for the Dubai International 24 Hour Endurance race in January 2009. David Wilson, Sony Computer Entertainment’s head of UK PR, is very keen to see a winner from the UK and Ireland go all the way: “The GT Academy competition has been great so far. There are some incredibly quick times on the leader board. But there is still one week left for people who think they have actually got what it takes to be a real racing driver to give it a go.

It is an amazing prize and definitely worth a try. “From a UK point of view we are very keen to see some great drivers progress and give us a real chance of having someone go all the way to Dubai. So get online and get some times in before Friday!”