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GT Academy 2012 (Updated 7/5)

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The official GT Academy 2012 website: http://us.gran-turismo.com/us/academy/2012/

The official US Gran Turismo website:  http://us.gran-turismo.com/us/

 

Follow GTAcademy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/GTAcademy

Follow GTAcademy (North America) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GTAcademyNA

Follow Kazunori Yamauchi on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/kaz_yamauchi

 

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2012 Top 32 U.S. GT Academy Finalist 

Please note this list is not confirmed yet.

 

Rank Online ID Time Gap 
2RackAttack1:30.998+ 0.001
3RedReevos1:31.051+ 0.054
4A7XMaverick1:31.056+ 0.059
5DragonGT831:31.088+ 0.091
6JoeyFast221:31.090+ 0.093
7TRC_Hunk1:31.127+ 0.130
8RedlineGTS1:31.146+ 0.149
9darweezee1:31.153+ 0.156
10gtp991:31.154+ 0.157
11TRC_Scooty1:31.166+ 0.169
12L_Harrison1:31.167+ 0.170
13Forcednduckshn1:31.172+ 0.175
14Kekambas91m1:31.172+ 0.175
15Maverick-Ace-GT1:31.174+ 0.177
16brianm31:31.177+ 0.180
17KingBestJr1:31.178+ 0.181
18EpicGonzago31:31.179+ 0.182
19indydriver1:31.181+ 0.184
20benny13421:31.187+ 0.190
21topgear37931:31.188+ 0.191
22Wardez1:31.200+ 0.203
23JerseyDriverSS1:31.204+ 0.207
24redsoxboy801:31.211+ 0.214
25S_Diem1:31.212+ 0.215
26BICDRIVER491:31.213+ 0.216
27TX_Driven31:31.221+ 0.224
28GumballCGT1:31.228+ 0.231
29AltF4_Veloci2NR1:31.234+ 0.237
30reude1081:31.240+ 0.243
33AltF4_JettRacer1:31.274+ 0.277
34RounD1:31.284+ 0.287
35gatordaryl1:31.285+ 0.288

 

 

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GT Academy Wildcard event, "Racer X"

There's still one chance to make it!  See PS Blog article and official contest rules links for details.

PS Blog: GT Academy National Finals: Racer X Challenge, Win a HumanRacing GT Chassis

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Introducing a new twist in this year’s competition, PlayStation and Nissan are backing up our “Victory Is Anyone’s” message by allowing any gamer to show up and secure one spot in the National Finals to compete against the top 32 finalists. Anyone (pending eligibility) can register at the Oasis Bar inside the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego on Thursday, July 12th from 10am to 4pm PST and compete for top lap time in Gran Turismo 5. The top competitor of the day will walk away with a one of a kind GT Academy 2012 designed HumanRacing GT Chassis equipped with the Thrustmaster T500RS wheel and pedal set. Additionally, the winner will earn a 33rd spot in the Finals competition, becoming “Racer X” and earning a chance Friday morning — July 13th — to knock out and replace any of the top 32 finalists.

" (Source: PS Blog, aforementioned link)  

 

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Official Contest Rules

Follow link for details:

http://us.gran-turismo.com/us/academy/2012/rules/

 

How to Download

The GT Academy 2012 application is no longer available/functional. The download was available for free in the PS Store. The download is 3021MB in size.

 

Registration

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GT5 Add-on Content Prizes

"Prizes will be distributed one week after all "GT Academy 2012" events have concluded (on or after July 4, 2012).

* Please note that the arrival timing of the prizes may vary slightly from user to user.

" (Source: http://us.gran-turismo.com/us/news/d6375.html)


Distribution start dateRequiered achievementGift
July 45 Gold trophies in Round 1Nissan Leaf G (GT Academy) '11
July 115 Gold trophies in Round 2Nissan SILVIA spec-R AERO (GT Academy) '02
July 185 Gold trophies in Round 3Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V・spec II (GT Academy) '94
July 255 Gold trophies in Round 4Nissan 370Z (GT Academy) '08
August 15 Gold trophies in Round 5Nissan SKYLINE GT-R V・spec II Nür (GT Academy) '02
August 85 Gold trophies in Round 6Nissan GT-R Black edition (GT Academy) '12
August 155 Gold trophies in Round 7Nissan GT-R Black edition Tuned Car (GT Academy) '12
August 225 Gold trophies in Round 8Nissan 370Z Tuned Car (GT Academy) '08
August 29Clear all 8 rounds with a bronze trophy or betterSpecial "GT Academy 2012" racing gear

 

 

Rankings/Leaderboards

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

 

Trophy Rankings by Country

 

Mygranturismo.net Round Rankings (With ability to sort by Country)

 

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Selected Frequently Asked Question.  See link for full details.

 

What is GT Academy?

GT Academy is a national competition to find the best Gran Turismo players and give one winner the chance to become a professional race car driver. In 2011, Bryan Heitkotter from California was crowned the first US winner of GT Academy at Silverstone, beating out 53,000 racing hopefuls in becoming a professional racecar driver and now racing a Nissan 370Z Nismo RC in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series in the top GS (Grand Sport) class.

 

How does the competition work?

Starting on May 1, 2012, players can download GT Academy 2012 FREE on PlayStation Store through the PlayStation®3. Designed for drivers of all levels, participants will compete in a series of virtual trials using Nissan cars in 8 Rounds of events over an 8-week period. Each Round will have 5 different events that players can retry as many times as they want and only the fastest lap time will be recorded and ranked amongst your friends. Rankings for Round 8 will be compared both nationally and globally

 

What's the final time trial event?

The 8-week competition will boil down to one FINAL online time trial challenge – Round 8, Event 5. The event is only open from June 11, 2012 to June 24, 2012 so make it count! Only the fastest lap times will be recorded and entered into the national leaderboards so you must improve your results to move up in rankings. The top 32 players (pending eligibility verification) will be flown to the National Finals in July where they will compete against each other to be one of the 16 finalists.

  

What happens to the top 16 finalists?

The top 16 players in the country get to move on to the GT Academy boot camp, where they will face a week-long series of grueling physical and mental challenges. This includes going behind the wheel of actual Nissan cars to practice and prove their driving skills. Along the way, participants will be eliminated until one remains.

  

What does the GT Academy winner get?

The grand prize for the GT Academy winner is a spot on a racing team to compete in a real race, all the training and licensing he or she will need in order to prepare. From there, it's up to the winner's passion, determination, and skill.

  

How old do I have to be to enter?

You must be at least 18 years old as of June 24, 2012 in order to be eligible to win

  

What other restrictions are there besides age?

GT Academy is open to legal US residents only, so you must live within the 50 states. In order to win, you also must have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and not have any prior Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and/or any Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions, and/or any previous felony convictions including Reckless Driving. In addition, those who have an existing competition driving contract, or have previously held a National A or superior MSA license or equivalent, or competed in a national level Karting Championship for more than two full seasons, are not eligible.

 

The top 16 finalists that made it to the GT Academy 2011 boot camp in Silvertone are also not eligible

 

Lastly, those that make it to the National Finals are required to participate in a mandatory health screening for physical fitness and vision, and be in good general health in accordance with Motor Sports Assocation medical requirements.

 

How are rankings calculated?

Your ranking is based solely on your fastest lap time within Round 8, Event 5. Only the fastest lap times will be recorded and entered into the national leaderboards so you must improve your results to move up in rankings.

 

How many times can I enter?

Once you have accessed Round 8, Event 5, you can compete as many times as you want. The rankings are based on time trials, so you can race as few or as many times as you want. Only your best lap time will be posted to the rankings. If you beat your previous best lap time, your new best lap time will be posted, and possibly move you up in the rankings.

 

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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

It's not that the fans and players aren't excited, they just didn't hear about it yet. SCEA's marketing people should be posting this notice in this forum, too, not just the blog. Sure the blog is their main contact tool, but come on. This is GT related!

However, I am waiting to hear confirmation on a significant change from last year's competition that will affect a large number of drivers. Less than two weeks to find out.

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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

I want a free pass to the National Final or Silverstone Final. I didn't get anything good from the final TT round last year


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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

Yeah, but you got pictures.

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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

Rated-M3 wrote:

Entering its second season, GT Academy USA is a national competition...


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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

ForgetfuI wrote:

Rated-M3 wrote:

Entering its second season, GT Academy USA is a national competition...


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Join us in the GT Saturdays Weekly Event

CoD Community Leadeboards: Join #PSN_FORUMS through Elite App

Yes, we are left out again.

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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

That is a real shame too. Many, many skillful and clean racers I know are in Canada, and would be perfect candidates for this competition.. Hey PD, can we get our brothers up North included, Please?

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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

Well at the very least they re-named it to what it actually is; GT Academy USA... keep your fingers crossed Canadians, they may have a GT Academy Canada one day.

Old dudes rule, and so do old race cars.
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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

I will try to find out if the presumption that Canadians are excluded is correct or not. The rules have not been released yet, as far as I see, and the Canadian office was (maybe still is) in negotiations about this.

Remember that the main reason given for not including Canadians in past contests has been legalities and associated costs. However, SCEE can do it for many more countries...

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Re: GT Academy 2012

Apr 17, 2012

I hope they can participate. The more the merrier, and as I don't see myself placing all that high, I will still enjoy and love what ever car we are given for participating, assuming they have participation rewards.

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