“These guys have gone from the couch to the cockpit and broken the traditional model of how to become a successful racing driver.”Michael Carcamo, Global Motorsport Director, Nissan
“We proved with the Nissan GT Academy that some of the fastest drivers in the world might never have had the opportunity to compete on a race track if it weren’t for gaming,” said Michael Carcamo, Nissan’s global motorsport director. “These guys have gone from the couch to the cockpit and broken the traditional model of how to become a successful racing driver. The level of competition is incredibly fierce. And we’re now seeing that online racing is not only an alternative to the real thing. To be recognized as an official FIA Manufacturers Series Champion through GT Sport is an incredible opportunity, and we’re looking forward to having some of the best gamers in the world represent Nissan.”
In addition, gamers in Europe who select Nissan as their brand of choice in the FIA Manufacturers Series automatically compete in the Nissan GT Sport Cup.
The Nissan GT Sport Cup competition takes the top 12 Nissan drivers in Europe from June, July and August and brings them to the final round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Barcelona in September.
The top Nissan gamer in Europe in the FIA Manufacturers Series in June, July and August will win a spot prize to attend a Nissan Training Camp at Silverstone Circuit. There, they’ll learn real-world driving skills from mentors.
The new virtual competition is an extension of Sony PlayStation’s backing of GT Sport Motul Team RJN – the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 customer racing team contesting the 2018 Blancpain Endurance championship.
Lucas Ordonez and Ricardo Sanchez, who are among the 22 people who’ve graduated from gamers to racers through the GT Academy since the program began, will compete on track with GT Sport Motul Team RJN.