(From left to right) SJ Huh, General Manager for Marketing of Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), Laurence Wiltshire, Managing Director of GTA Global, Ltd., Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of NPI, Ricardo Sanchez, 2014 GTA International Champion


Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is the newest participant of the virtual-to-pro racing competition, the GT Academy.

GT Academy gained prominence since its inception in 2008. Now on its seventh installment, this globally played competition sees an expansion in the form of the new GT Academy Asia, in which Philippines will be pitting against other Asian countries including Japan in the battle to become the GT Academy Champion.

“With the launch of GT Academy in the Philippines, we at Nissan offer an exciting opportunity for Filipinos to emerge as a breakthrough talent in the racing world," said Antonio Zara, President and Managing Director of Nissan Philippines, Inc.

With GT Academy, any player who can prove their driving skills in the world of video games can compete in a real racetrack.

The GT Academy International Champion 2014 Ricardo Sanchez flew in all the way from UK to attend the launch. After winning last year's competition, Ricardo's racing career took off after he joined Nissan's elite motor sport team, the NISMO, to run the coveted tracks of the prestigious Dubai 24-Hour race in January 2015.

The Shift from Gamer to Racer

GT Academy takes skilled Gran Turismo 6 players and turns them into professional racers in five stages.

First Gear: The Recruitment (April - June)

Thousands of hopefuls will be narrowed down to the top 20 gamers to be determined by time trials taking place behind the wheel of GT pods during live racing events.

Second Gear: National Finals (July)

The National Finals will determine top 6 Filipino players who will go to the next round and go bumper-to-bumper with the best Gran Turismo drivers in Asia.

Third Gear: The Race Camp Week (August) 

Players will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and driving skills against Asia's best at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fourth Gear: Driver Development Program 

The emerging GT Academy Champion in Asia will join other GT Academy winners in a rigorous training under the wing of professional coaches and racers at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.

Fifth Gear: Graduation

After passing the Driver Development Program, graduates will receive their International C License, allowing them to compete in a prestigious racing event anywhere in the world.

"We are looking forward to discovering even more new stars in 2015. Anyone in the Philippines who thinks they have what it takes should give GT Academy a go. Not everyone can win, but the experience is hugely rewarding at every stage of the competition,” said GTA Global’s Managing Director Laurence Wiltshire.

The first Live Event kicked off last Friday to Sunday, April 10 to 12 at the Glorietta 5 Activity Center. Virtual racing aficionados got to experience an exhilarating real life race car driving experience with the Nissan GTA pods at the recruitment stage. The next Live Event is set to happen this weekend, April 17 to 19 at the Glorietta Activity Center. 

For more information about the schedule of succeeding live events and updates on the GT Academy Philippines, please visit www.facebook.com/NissanPhilippinesInc.


Local Media Contacts:

Sara de Guzman

Email: sara.deguzman@nissan.ph

Tel:+632 230 6060

Dax Avenido

Email: dax.avenido@nissan.ph

Tel: +632 230 6056

Nana Nadal

Email: nananadal.nnpe@yahoo.com

Tel: +632 215 5199 

About Nissan Philippines, Inc.

Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines which started its operations in 2014. NPI is responsible for strengthening brand, marketing and sales strategy, and dealer operations in the Filipino market. 

Nissan ranked the highest in customer satisfaction with after-sales service among new vehicle owners according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2014 Philippines Customer Service Index (CSI) Study.

For more information on our products and services, visit our website at www.nissan.ph.