GT Academy Wild Card event to be held at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed - Team VVV

News GT Academy Wild Card event to be held at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed


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Game: Gran Turismo

Platform: PS1

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Release Date: 20/03/1998

As if the recently released GT Academy demo wasn't enough to whet our appetites for Gran Turismo 6, a special 'Wild Card' event will be hosted at next week's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Set to run only on Thursday 11th July at Nissan's "Moving Motor Show" booth, the Wild Card event allows participants to have their hand at securing a place at this year's GT Academy: the fastest driver on the day will have one of the 16 allocated spaces at the GT Academy's 'Race Camp', which will be held at the Silverstone Circuit.

The event, though, is only open for UK residents only, so anyone attending the event from overseas sadly won't be able to reap the benefits of the Wild Card this time around.

At least Polyphony Digital's been considerate for those who'll be at the Festival of Speed on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th: whilst entry into the GT Academy will depend on where you rank on the demo's leaderboards, several Gran Turismo pods running the GT6 demo will be featured on various manufacturer stands, as well as at The Goodwood Road Racing Club, the Drivers’ Club, the Media Centre, the Family Area and Goodwood Hotel.

Polyphony Digital founder Kazunori Yamauchi will also be at the Festival of Speed this year, having been invited to drive a currently undisclosed list of cars up the fabled Goodwood Hill Climb route.

Given several cars that Yamauchi-san has piloted at Goodwood have made their way into Gran Turismo games (the most recent being the Jaguar XJ13 experimental Le Mans prototype from the Late Sixties), it might be worth keeping an eye out for which cars the Gran Turismo visionary will be behind the wheel of…

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