The TV series inspired by the ever-popular Playstation-exclusive racer, Gran Turismo 6, is set to return to British screens in a matter of days.
In GT Academy 2014, dedicated real-life racing experts have pledged to transmute virtual proficiency into actualised glory, with the most accomplished of Gran Turismo 6’s players set to star. Over the course of five episodes, the show intends to uncover the very best real-life racer Europe has to offer.
A select number of gamers, who have spent the past few months being subjected to a litany of palm sweat-inducing trials to prove their worth, will do battle for the lofty title of GT Champion. Way back in April, hundreds of GT 6’s fastest Europeans were handpicked by Sony to be put through their paces at the world famous Silverstone race circuit. Just 48 emerged, having proven that they alone possess the aptitude to equate their virtual skill into real racing dominance. GT Academy 2014 will follow the elation and misery of these distinguished few. Entering into Race Camp, they will have to compete to prove that they are the fastest nerds around.
Judging will fall into the hands of Formula One big boys Johnny Herbert and Rob Barff, and competitors can look forward to something a little more substantial than shiny trinkets if they can secure victory. What awaits the top contender is the chance to become an actual professional racer; the GT Academy king will secure a place in a driver development program and a seat in the Dubai 24 Hours in January 2015.
GT Academy, developed in partnership by Sony and Nissan Europe, has already hosted five previous seasons. The series’ first ever winner, Lucas Ordonez, went on to numerous victories; not least among which was the Pro-Am title in the Blancpain Endurance Series last year. Jann Mardenborough, Wolfgang Reip, Mark Shulzhitskiy and Miguel Faisca round out the list of GT Academy graduates who have gone on to secure notable victories within professional racing. The stakes will certainly be high this year.
GT Academy 2014 will debut on ITV4 from 8pm on Wednesday, November 12. Are you looking forward to the series premiere next week? Do you reckon Nissan would do well to make you a professional racer, too? Let it all out in the comments below.