Taking into account that there is a vast pool of promising racecar drivers in the country, Nissan Philippines is mulling the idea of bringing in the Nissan GT Academy in the hopes finding exceptional professional racecar drivers for Nissan.
The plan to bring the Nissan GT Academy to the Philippines was announced by Nissan Philippines, Inc., president Tony Zara, during the media thanksgiving party held in Taguigearly this month.
The Nissan GT Academy was formed back in 2008, in partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment, Polyphony Digital Inc., and Nissan. The academy takes gamers who are good in playing the Gran Turismo video game, and helps turn them into professional racecar drivers for Nissan.
With the Nissan GT Academy, which is a driver discovery/development program, online qualifiers are held within Gran Turismo, and the top qualifiers are invited to National Finals in each participating country. The top winners of each country are sent to a Race Camp held at Silverstone, UK for the final selection. The winner undergoes an intensive Driver Development Program designed by Nissan which will train and license them into a professional driver, competing in races worldwide.
Previous winners of the Gran Turismo Academy include Lucas Ordóñez, Jordan Tresson and Jann Mardenborough, who have all gone on to compete in professional real-life racing. In 2014, Mardenborough was signed by Red Bull Racing to race for them in the GP3 series.
Zara did not give full details about the Academy except that it is coming to the country this year.