GT5 finalists may get a real race team job
I am a huge fan of the Gran Turismo franchise and I have spent hours and hours playing GT5 since it launched back during the holidays. I love that game and it is as close as you can get to real racing without owning a racecar.
SCEA has announced in cooperation with Polyphony Digital Inc and Nissan North America that the next part of its gaming contest will start soon and the 32 contestants that have qualified for the special event will be unveiled. The contestants played the GT5 game to qualify for the final round in the Phase One of GT Academy.
The contest had the players racing in special Nissan vehicles to be the fastest in a lap of the race circuit. The contest started with 53,000 gamers competing in round one of the time trials event within GT5 for a chance to become a real race driver. Some of the finalists in the contest were separated by only a few hundredths of a second making for a very competitive field of racers.
"We are blown away by the passion and enthusiasm our fans have for GT Academy," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "Gran Turismo 5's attention to detail and realism are second to none, providing the most comprehensive racing experience available and serving as a key component to the GT Academy experience. We look forward to these top drivers competing for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a pro race car driver."
The 32 finalists will be divided into groups of four and they will race in a series of head-to-head races in GT5 with Nissan vehicles. Points will be granted based on finishing places and the driver with the fewest points will be eliminated until 16 drivers remain.
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Those 16 drivers will go to the next stage and compete against each other in challenges behind the wheel of a real racecar. The driver that wins the contest will get a chance to be a pro race driver and work as part of a pro driving team.