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GT Academy Extends To Australia, Middle-East And More

For the sixth time, the GT Academy contest and championship from the Gran Turismo series will prep gamers to become real world racers. This year, the competition starts on April 21, 2014.

To be able to qualify, you’ll need to grab yourself a copy of Gran Turismo 6 on Playstation 3. Additionally, there will be some events taking place on the GT Academy Facebook page for the first time since the competition’s inception in 2008.

Contestants will race for the top spot in the leaderboards, after which the very best will be selected to participate in a driver development program. Its five global champions will then qualify to put their skills to the test for the Dubai 24 Hour race in January.

Gran Turismo has a history of making gamers into actual racing pilots, which isn’t a trait followed by many other games. Its finalists have gone on to take podium spots in actual events around the globe.

For instance, the first ever contest winner, Lucas Ordoñez, is currently making a living as a driver in the Japanese Super GT Championship. Lucas will join with 2012 GT Academy champion Wolfgang Reip from Belgium to compete in the le Mans 24 Hour race in Nissan’s Zero Emission On Demand (ZEOD) concept hybrid car.

Jann Mardenborough, the British GT Academy winner from 2011, has since risen to the GP3 series, which is a subset of the Formula One championship. This category sporadically allows its athletes to climb on into F1 races.

GT Academy is a competition that runs between most European countries and the US, but this year’s edition will also add Australia, Mexico, Thailand, India and the Middle East. Countries eligible in the Middle East are as follows:

  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Lebanon
  •  Kuwait

It would be great to see these new arrivals take the crown from the European crowd, so we’re rooting for those entries. Good luck if you plan to participate in the GT Academy.