Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI) recently launched the second season of the GT Academy in the Philippines at the Main Atrium of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“We had a very successful start last year when the Philippine team competed against other racers in GTA Asia at Silverstone UK, and we bested them by producing the first-ever Filipino GT Academy Asia champion,” said Ramesh Narasimhan, NPI president and managing director. “We hope that this year, we can call on more Filipino talents to enter the competition and make the country the breeding ground for outstanding racing drivers.”
Joining Narasimhan in the opening ceremony was 2008 GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez who said, “Back then, I was just studying for my MBA. When I saw an ad for a new competition called ‘GT Academy’, I knew I had to join and take this shot to be the racing driver I dreamed to be. Now, here I am racing on every possible tournament. It felt great to have taken that move. I hope Filipinos will grab this opportunity too.” Ordoñez completed a podium finish in the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Nissan GT Academy is slated to run its recruitment session nationwide, with the following scheduled Live Events and their venues: July 28-August 3 at SM Santa Rosa, Laguna; August 5-7 at SM Manila; August 12-14 at the Atrium of SM Pampanga; and August 13–14 at SM Southmall in Las Pinas.