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Gran Turismo 6 to kickstart GT Academy 2014

on 15 April 2014

Sony has confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 will kick off the first stage of this year’s GT Academy on Monday, April 21.

The road to becoming a qualified Nissan driver is expected to be just as intense as previous years, however. This year’s five champions will be required to participate in a three-month Driver Development Programme, which has been rated among the best in the world.

The training will culminate in the grueling Dubai 24 Hour race in January 2015.

"It's hard not to feel really proud of what GT Academy has achieved since it started in 2008," commented European Brand Manager, Penrose Tackie. "Podiums in the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race; championship wins; multiple race wins; and this year we have one of our winners, Jann Mardenborough, racing in the GP3 single-seater series on the F1 calendar.

"Our first ever winner, Lucas Ordoñez, is racing Super GTs in Japan as his day job in 2014 and will also team up with 2012 European winner Wolfgang Reip at Le Mans this year to race Nissan's fascinating ZEOD RC ('Zero Emissions On Demand') experimental car. Meanwhile, last year's band of GT Academy winners from Europe, the USA and Germany were all in action last weekend at Monza in the Blancpain Endurance Series in a 500-plus BHP Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3."

Hit up the EU PlayStation Blog for more details.