Nissan GT Academy is an initiative by Nissan that gives an opportunity to gamers playing Gran Turismo 6 to turn in to real race car drivers. This year is expected to host the biggest one yet and once again offers gamers the chance to live the dream as a NISMO Athlete. India qualifying has begun from June 5 in Delhi after which it will proceed to Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. The schedule is as below:
City Dates Venue
Delhi 5th – 7th June DLF Place, Saket
Mumbai 12th- 14th June Infinity 2, Malad (West)
Bangalore 19th – 21st June Phoenix Market City, Whitefield
Chennai 26th – 28th June Express Avenue, Royapettah
The online qualifications will go on till June 16 on Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3. Online gamers will have an opportunity to drive the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo as a part of qualifying. Ten winners from the Live Events will then join ten winners from the online game at the Indian National Final to be held in July 2015, with the chance to grab one of six places at the famous Silverstone Race Camp.
Last year over 5000 gamers from all over India competed against each other in the race to the GT Academy final race camp. Six fastest contestants from the National Final in India then made it to Silverstone to compete with the winners from other regions. Abhinay Bikkani, one of the finalists from India last year, is currently racing in the Nissan Micra Cup in Canada.
Announcing the second season of GT Academy in India, Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations said, “ When we speak about innovation and excitement at Nissan, we not only mean our cars but go beyond that with initiatives like GT Academy. Over the years, the competition has given aspirants and dreamers an opportunity to race real racing cars on tracks all over the world. We are glad that we were able to fulfil one Indian’s dream last year and proudly launch the GT Academy 2015 today in India.”
‘GT Academy Asia’, is a new competition for 2015. In this, gamers from the Asian regions of Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Japan will compete with each other for the grand prize – an opportunity to race at the Dubai 24hrs in January 2016.