Alex Buncombe revs ultimate racing competition into action RJN Motorsport FIA GT driver Alex Buncombe was on hand at the AUTOSPORT International show (14-17 January 2010) to help kick start GT Academy 2010, which is being run by Nissan and...
Alex Buncombe revs ultimate racing competition into action
RJN Motorsport FIA GT driver Alex Buncombe was on hand at the AUTOSPORT International show (14-17 January 2010) to help kick start GT Academy 2010, which is being run by Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE).
Buncombe payed a visit to the GT Academy stand to keep a watchful eye on visitors to the exhibit, as they could end up being his new driving partner!
Alex Buncombe, and last year's winner of the GT Academy Lucas Ordoñez, capped an incredible season when they took race victory to secure second place in the European GT4 Cup championship. The victory also sealed the team title for GT Academy partners RJN Motorsport. The result was a clear demonstration of PlayStation and Nissan's belief that true racing talent could be unearthed from among the legion of Gran Turismo game fans.
"It is widely acknowledged that many motor sport drivers have used PlayStation games to familiarise themselves with circuits. The GT Academy is taking racing games to a new level by creating a stepping stone into the sport. Lucas has set the benchmark really high. I think he surpassed all our expectations in terms of how quickly he was able to transfer his gaming skills onto the track. The fact his contribution led to our team winning last year's European GT4 Cup Championship provided the perfect accolade for the GT Academy" enthused Alex Buncombe.
The GT Academy stand, located in the PistonHeads section of AUTOSPORT International, is a drawcard for motorsport fans that hope to become real-life racing car drivers. It provides an opportunity for aspiring racing drivers who don't have access to a PlayStation3 console to set their time around the virtual Indianapolis GP track, as well as get a preview of the hotly-anticipated Gran Turismo 5 game that is due for release later this year. PlayStation will also be awarding a prize for the fastest flying lap on each day of the show.
For motorsport fans not lucky enough to be attending this year's AUTOSPORT International, they can enter by downloading the GT Academy Time Trial via the PlayStation Network (closing date 24 January 2010). The fastest times are posted on the in-game leader board and on eu.gran-turismo.com
As the journey once again transforms from the game to the racetrack to discover the next motor sport star, this year's winner will be rewarded by taking the wheel of a Nissan 370Z to complete a full season racing for the PlayStation Nissan team in the European GT4 Cup.
The competition falls into five main stages:
Stage 1: - Download GT Academy Time Trial via PlayStation Network or record your flying laps at the GT Academy stand
- Closing date for Time Trial heats is 24 January 2010
Stage 2: - 20 fastest UK players will go head-to-head in a live UK final taking place in February 2010
Stage 3: - 2 UK winners will join 17 international competitors at Silverstone circuit for a 5-day racing 'Boot Camp', where gaming skills will be transferred to the track
Stage 4: - 2 international winners will be trained to qualify for an international race licence
Stage 5: - Overall winner will race a full season in the European GT4 Cup in a Nissan 370Z