The Nissan GT Academy, which turned couch-bound gamers into racing drivers that dominated the Bathurst 12 Hour, is finally being shown on Aussie TV. From this Saturday, you'll be able to watch along and chart their successes.
This is GT Academy:
2014 was the first year that the GT Academy program was extended to Australia, and by all accounts it's an amazing series that took some of the best Gran Turismo 6 gamers in the world and transformed them — through physical and mental training, as well as a hell of a lot of real-world racing — into professional competitive racing drivers.
The idea was simple enough. Find the best of the best online and behind the TV screen, whittle them down to six through successive driving, physical, mental and media challenges, then take them to Silverstone in the UK and turn them into real racers. And now it's on TV for you to enjoy.
Episode 1 of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy television program will air this Saturday (28 Feb 2015) at 6pm on ONE HD.
The series covers the 2014 GT Academy International competition, where six young Australian gamers compete head-to-head with rivals from Mexico, Thailand, India and the Middle East for a contract as a professional racing driver with Nissan and NISMO.
New Network Ten recruit and Nissan Motorsport V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly features as the Australian mentor and judge on the program.
The GT Academy TV series includes the Australian final held at Nissan Motorsport headquarters in Melbourne, Australia and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, before Kelly and the six Aussie finalists face their international rivals in the 'Race Camp' held at the Silverstone F1 Circuit in England, UK.
Three screen times (AEDST) for episode one of GT Academy this weekend are as follows:
Saturday, 28 February 2015
GT Academy 6pm-6.30pm | ONE (1)
Sunday, 1 March 2015
GT Academy (rpt) 4.30am-5am | ONE (1) GT Academy (rpt) 2pm-2.30pm | ONE (1)
Please check your local guides: http://www.yourtv.com.au/guide/sat/fullday