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Nissan looks for Europe's next best racing driver in GT Academy

Nissan looks for Europe's next best racing driver in GT Academy

Nissan and PlayStation have joined forces for a seventh year to offer the 'dream job' to one lucky Gran Turismo gamer.

The Nissan PlayStation GT Academy opens up the possibility of a career in motorsport to anybody that has a desire to race for real.

The 2015 battle find the Academy's next best racing driver begins this month with a qualifying competition featuring in-game challenges on Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3, running until 16 June.

In order to broaden its appeal in 2015, Nissan has invited anyone over the age of 18 to 'take another road' and pursue their dream job through the competition.

The European version of GT Academy has been made even more attractive with the news that Race Camp - the final selection process for the winner - will move from Silverstone to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

After a series of challenges at Race Camp to find the winner, he or she will be put through one of the most advanced driver development programmes in the world, readying them for the ultimate prize - a season's racing in the Blancpain Endurance Series driving a 550bhp Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

Olivier Pierini, sponsorship and partnership manager for Nissan Europe, said: "Whenever I explain GT Academy to people I meet, no matter who, they are blown away by the concept. Either they want to enter themselves or they know someone who would love it. So this year we simply want to make GT Academy bigger and more accessible than ever.

"GT Academy delivers 'innovation that excites' and we want to shout about it and put it firmly on the radar of those that are tempted to take another road in their lives and follow a dream."

by: Sophie Williamson-Stothert