Irene Tria | Gogagah
Good news to all aspiring GT racers because Nissan Philippines Inc., (NPI) is once again opening its door to Filipino gamers as they formally launch the second season of the Nissan GT Academy Philippines last June 30 at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium.
“Through this virtual-to-reality racing competition, we look forward to giving more opportunities for Filipino gamers to realize their dream of becoming professional race car drivers,” said NPI President and Managing Director Ramesh Narasimhan.
During the event, NPI also announced the new Sony Play Station-4-exclusive Gran Turismo Sport would be playable for the first time during the live recruitment events of the 2016 Nissan GT Academy.
And this November, Nissan, in partnership with Polyphony Digital, introduced the upgraded racing video game to the Philippines, and other participating countries, ahead of its official release to the rest of the world.
Present in the event are the inaugural winner of the 2008 Nissan Playstation GT Academy in Europe Lucas Ordoñez and Nissan GT Academy Asia champion; first Filipino to be crowned as grand winner, Joward Policarpio.
Since winning in 2008, Ordoñez has emerged as one of the leading contenders in racing competitions around the globe. Today, he’s the inspiration for all gamers and aspiring racers wanting to get their big break in the new season of Nissan GT Academy.
“Last year, the Philippine team competed against other racers in other countries and came out on top. Continuing the competition’s success, we open season 2 with Lucas Ordoñez in hopes of motivating the best Filipino talents to enter the competition and make the country the breeding ground for outstanding racing drivers,” added Narasimhan.
This season, NPI will be holding nationwide series of Live Events for its recruitment drive starting July until August, with the National Finals slated for September. The Top 6 contenders will then fly to the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom for the Race Camp to compete against representatives from Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa and Thailand to determine the Nissan Gt Academy 2016 champion. If you have what it takes to be a Nissan champion, visit the following mall events and put your racing skills to the test:
- July 14-20, 2016 – SM Southmall, 10AM-10PM
- July 19-25, 2016 – SM Davao, 10AM-10PM
- July 28-August 3, 2016 – SM Santa Rosa, 10AM-10PM
PHOTOS By: Amore Bayaton