Atrium, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City -Philippines
Nissan Philippines Inc. ( NPI.) once again brings innovation that excited to the Philippine motorsports scene as formally launches the second season of the Nissan GT Academy -Philippines. The launch was held a few hours ago at the SM Mall of Asia-Atrium.
A virtual-to-reality racing competition, the Nissan GT Academy gives aspiring race cars drivers a chance to fulfill their dream of participating in a professional international race.
Nissan GT Academy 2015 finalists
First launched locally in March 2015, the Nissan GT Academy saw over 13,000 aspiring racers participate in over 20 live events held in key cities in the country within a four month period. Twenty players with the best race time in the game then advanced to compete in the National Finals, where they were subjected to physical, driving, media, and virtual challenges to determine the top six contenders.
Mr. Lucas Ordoñez
Lucas Ordoñez, winner of the inaugural 2008 Nissan Playstation GT academy in Europe, graced the opening of the event, encouraging participants to grab the Nissan GT Academy Season 2 as an opportunity to make their race-car dreams come true.
“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,” said Ordoñez who also completed a podium finish in the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours.
“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,” he added.
“The Nissan GT Academy is Nissan’s way of democratizing motorsports, to make it more accessible to the general public,” said SJ Huh, NPI General Manager for Marketing. “By doing this, we help fast-track the dreams of more potential Filipino racers to reach the international racing arena.”
Mr. Jose Gerald ” Joward ” Policarpio winner of Nissan Academy 2015
The Nissan Philippines GT Academy 2016 2nd Season will be touring the entire country in search for the new aspiring racers which will represents the country . Check the Official Mechanics & Live Recruitment Events Schedule here: http://bit.ly/NissanGTAcademyPH.
There was an in- house friendly competition among the media and bloggers hosted Nissan Philippines . This is some sort of bragging rights by the participants. The Awards includes ” Best Dressed Virtual Driver ” , ” Most Verbal Virtual Driver ” Fastest Male and Female Virtual Driver” , ” Slowest Male and Female Virtual Driver “