The 2014 edition of the annual GT Academy driver development programme has been given an official launch date of April 21st.
Now in its sixth year running, the novel talent spotting initiative will pit avid Gran Turismo players against each other, with the overall winner to be rewarded with a seat in the Nissan team for next year's 24 Hours of Dubai endurance race.
For 2014, the regional champions from Europe, Germany, the USA, Mexico, Thailand, India, Australia and the Middle East will progress to the three-month Driver Development Programme, with the overall victor come the 'Race Camp' final's end being granted NISMO Athlete status.
Over the years, the GT Academy has proven itself to be a genuine route for wannabe racing drivers to kick-start a succesful career in motorsports – inaugural winner Lucas Ordonez will be competing in the Japanese Super GT series and co-driving the innovative Nissan ZEOD RC experimental car at Le Mans this year, whereas the UK's Jann Mardenborough shall be driving in GP3 for Arden International, a team with close ties to the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 outfit.
No details regarding the initial selection process were disclosed in the official announcement, though – judging by the provided previews of Nissan 370Zs and LEAFs in GT Academy liveries – it's almost certain a free-to-download, time trial-based mini-game will be released on the PlayStation Store in the coming days, as part of the first stage of this year's GT Academy competition.