Game: Gran Turismo
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: 20/03/1998
The GT Academy, a yearly event where the very best Gran Turismo players from around the world compete for the chance to become a real racing driver, is about to be documented in a new reality TV series next month.
Airing on ITV4, home of the BTCC and a host of other motor sport events that consume my Sunday afternoons, Monday nights from the 4th of February in a 6 part series hosted by Craig Doyle, the series follows last year’s Academy in which 830,000 gamers from 14 countries applied to the competition. The ultimate prize was at stake for the winning driver hoping to forge a career in motor racing – a chance to represent Europe in Nissan’s 370Z GT4 car at the 2013 Dubai International 24 Hour race, which finished yesterday with another podium finish for the victorious GT Academy team.
As much as I despise reality TV shows, it's hard to pass up the chance to see some behind the scenes footage of the gruelling competition and learn more about some of the participants. Besides, it has to be better than Sony's attempt at a reality TV show, The Tester, right?