Nissan GT Academy 2015 Recruitment Launch and Updates

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

     The race is about to start. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Ready, Set, go! All the raging drag racing memories flashed back last month when I was invited to the GT ACADEMY LIVE RECRUITMENT EVENTS: REVVING UP TO HIGH SPEEDS. It was a whole day of fun and excitement for all the racing fanatics. I'm sure ya'll wondering by now why I went to the event and here I am sharing my past experiences as a gamer and as a racer?! 

     FUN FACT: I'm a frustrated race car driver. When I was in college, I'm one of the boys who will stay up late watching curiously how to modify car engines, set up audio sound systems, and haggle for car spare parts at Banawe. We have a group who joins PDRF (Philippine Drag Racing Federation) competition at North Harbour once a month. I'm one of those practicing how to properly shift gears without burning out or beating red light in the so-called Christmas Tree. If you're one of those who've witness how legal drag racing has been done here in our country and I'm sure you can relate with my stories if you love drag racing. Anyhoo, enough of my stories let me take you to the world of circuit racing. Another kind of racing that's been recently introduced by Nissan Philippines, Inc. Scroll down to see the event highlights and other information on the next recruitment dates!
Nissan GT Academy 2015 Recruitment Launch and Updates
Moi, with the game face on! Had this serious look after finishing a lap without an error. It's only a lap though. Hahaha! Enjoyed seven laps of turns :)
     Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) recently introduced the GT Academy to the country, opening doors to Filipinos wanting to break into the racing profession. The recruitment is ongoing for the gamer who can apply his or her video racing skills to real-life circuit driving. 
Nissan GT Academy 2015 Recruitment Launch and Updates
     If you're a gamer who loves playing Gran Turismo and have mastered the game, why not prove your driving skills and compete in the real racetrack. The GT Academy is looking for 20 fastest gamers who will join Asia's best at the race camp in August at the prestigious Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK. This is the real deal baby because the qualifiers will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and of course, driving skills. The emerging winner will join others from the different regions in a series of rigorous training under the Driver Development Program. 
Nissan GT Academy 2015 Recruitment Launch and Updates
Registration Area- registration is FREE
     Since its launch in 2008, the 2015 GT Academy season will be the biggest year yet. Gamers from up to 24 countries around the world are expected to join, with GT Academy International and Asia reaching a staggering 2.2 billion potential entrants. Nissan and PlayStation are looking for the finest to progress from virtual racing to the real world of racing for Nissan.

   The photo below on your right shows the score board. It is the overall leaderboard and I'm sure those who joined the recruitment last April cannot contain their excitement as they look at their lap record. To date, the fastest lap time recorded in the Philippines is 1:02:762 and the slowest in the top 20 is 1:03:671. So far, 3,005 attempts have been recorded in the live recruitment events which started last April 10 and will run at various venues until June 28. 
Nissan GT Academy 2015 Recruitment Launch and Updates
GT Academy Leaderboard
     My heart was skipping and beating so fast because of  nervous and excitement as I entered the venue. It's really bringing back the old memories with a twist. From drag racing to circuit racing. Though not the real life action but seeing those simulation pods makes me sweat. My mind was in total amazement because after so many years, I've stepped inside these pods and tested my driving skills once again not on the strip but on the circuit. Yay!
Nissan GT Academy 2015 Recruitment Launch and Updates
Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation Simulation Pods
     The event that I attended happened last April 24-26 at SM Sky Dome in SM North EDSA. To make the event more fun, the gorgeous celebrity Sam Pinto joined the hopeful gamers as she confidently slid into the driver seat of the simulator pod. 
Nissan GT Academy 2015 Recruitment Launch and Updates
Sam Pinto revving up at the circuit
     Sam Pinto's presence exuded girl power behind the wheel. For the record, Sam learned to drive when she was 16 years old and figured that with a little practice, she can clock a decent lap time and compete with the other gamers. “This is the closest I can get to being a race car driver, they told me it’s open to women too, so I thought I’d give it a shot,”Sam explained. “Driving on the simulator was a nice escape from traffic, it was fun to be able to just floor it!”she continued.

     Are  you ready to show and prove your driving skills? The recruitment is still ongoing. Here's the timeline of the entire event to serve as your guide. So please spread the word to your family, relatives and friends! They're at SM SOUTHMALL LAS PINAS (May 6-10), and you've got until Sunday to show with Nissan GT Academy your skills! Next schedule will be posted at their Facebook page so be sure to visit the page from time to time. Leaderboard scores updates are posted in their wall too! GOOD LUCK to all joining!

The Shift from Gamer to Racer 
     GT Academy takes skilled Gran Turismo 6 players and turns them into professional racers in five stages. 

First Gear: The Recruitment (April - June) 
     Hopefuls will be narrowed down to the top 20 gamers to be determined by time trials taking place behind the wheel of GT pods during live recruitment events. 

Second Gear: National Finals (July) 
     The National Finals will determine top 6 Filipino players who will go to the next round and go bumper-to-bumper with the best Gran Turismo drivers in Asia. 

Third Gear: The Race Camp Week (August) 
     Players will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and driving skills against Asia's best at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK. 

Fourth Gear: Driver Development Program 
     The emerging GT Academy Champion in Asia will join other GT Academy winners in a rigorous training under the wing of professional coaches and racers at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK. 

Fifth Gear: Graduation After passing the Driver Development Program, graduates will receive   their International C License, allowing them to compete in a prestigious racing event anywhere in the world.

For GT Academy updates and Live Event schedules: 
Visit and like Nissan Philippines Inc’s Facebook Page: NissanPhilippinesInc.

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About Nissan Philippines, Inc. 
     Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines which started its operations in 2014. NPI is responsible for strengthening brand, marketing and sales strategy, and dealer operations in the Filipino market. 
    Nissan ranked the highest in customer satisfaction with after-sales service among new vehicle owners according to the J.D. PowerAsia Pacific 2014 Philippines Customer Service Index (CSI) Study.
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