GT Academy USA Round 2 Kicks off At Indy, Toscana

January 31st, 2011 by Jordan

The second round of GT Academy USA kicked off Monday, this time with two car/course combos: the Indianapolis Road Course in a GT-R V-Spec II Nür (R34) and a Toscana Tarmac circuit in the XANAVI NISMO Z Super GT race car.

SCEA isn’t making things any easier on participants, forcing “Comfort Medium” tires on the GT-R at Indy – resulting in severe understeer around the flat circuit. Indy is a somewhat unexpected choice, considering it was already used in last year’s GT5 Time Trial Demo. As pointed out by user Dapper, it actually all seems to a bit backwards: participants are using a road car on a race track, and a race car on a road circuit.

Regardless, good luck to all participants and GTPlanet members! Round 2 ends at midnight EST on February 6th. Head on over to our GT Academy forum to chat with other competitors, or follow along with the action here on the official leaderboards.

GT5 Photomode image by RetroGiant.

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  1. Feb. 4, 2:00pm
    RetroGiant

    Thanks for the picture feature Jordan and thanks for all the great comments guys!

  2. Feb. 1, 5:03pm
    Ferrariman11

    Good luck to all of the participants(nice picture)

  3. Feb. 1, 12:46pm
    Jump_Ace

    Only tried the second combo at Toscana for an hour last night and it was excellent, really enjoyed it :) Will attempt combo 1 later. And that picture really is good RetroGiant :tup:

    Jerome

  4. Feb. 1, 9:52am
    Markus Vhane

    WoW, I’m amazed! :D

  5. Feb. 1, 8:59am
    alucard0712

    PD want to test real driving skills.That’s why they use such uncommon car/track combinations.
    BTW great picture!

  6. Feb. 1, 7:46am
    dearlybeloved

    Such a beautiful picture.

  7. Feb. 1, 6:24am
    Stune

    Good luck to everyone taking part

  8. Feb. 1, 4:47am
    Spaghettimonster

    regarding the photo. i never took any photo from gt to be real. they always look sterile and lack detail in some places. i bet in a competition i could spot real from gt generated photos. ;-)

  9. Feb. 1, 3:58am
    Robez

    The picture looks so damn real. Looking at the background makes you notice, that it’s GT5 ….

  10. Feb. 1, 3:39am
    Reprogrammed

    I know this is out of topic, but every what time or every week or month do the Seasonal Events change?

    • Feb. 1, 4:18am
      Nigel Mansell

      Every thursday at 3:00am GMT

  11. Feb. 1, 3:20am
    Nikez

    I thought the pic was real…

  12. Feb. 1, 2:41am
    WTFnews

    about the photo look at the background thats gt5 so it’s gt5 photo

  13. Feb. 1, 1:37am
    MoLieG

    Pretty interesting track choice… wish I could participate :'( The pic looks awesome btw!!!! ;)

  14. Feb. 1, 1:30am
    terminator363

    Well, this seems quite tricky, good luck participants!

  15. Feb. 1, 12:31am
    GTOne2Three

    Damn, I didnt make it.. :(

  16. Feb. 1, 12:20am
    Hypergolem

    Good luck guys… I wish I could be there…

  17. Jan. 31, 11:00pm
    Jamaicanbwoy

    At comfort mediums light drifting might have an advantage on some corners :P

    • Feb. 1, 1:06pm
      chandler325i

      absolutely. It seems like not a great gauge for finding the best “driver” but the best drifter. To score high in the first round, it was all about drifting, too

  18. Jan. 31, 10:24pm
    oscartron

    Wow, I’m glad I didn’t go through :D lol sounds like death!

    Good luck to all!

  19. Jan. 31, 9:54pm
    Paul

    The comfort medium on the xanavi seems downright stupid to me. I never heard of a gt500 car running on dunlop all season tires

    • Jan. 31, 10:41pm
      Simon

      It says comfort medium on the GT-R at Indy, not the Xanavi.

  20. Jan. 31, 9:33pm
    damaged_case

    the road-on-race and race-on-road is a good call, i think. it’s easy to get a good time on a race track with a race car, and likewise a road car on a race track… it takes a little something extra though, i think, to get good times doing it “backwards”.

    • Jan. 31, 9:34pm
      damaged_case

      ^
      “and likewise a road car on a race track” should be “road car on road track”. mucked that up.

  21. Jan. 31, 9:24pm
    J-KiLLA24

    wow that photo looks real, i feel sory for the participants using comfort medium tires on the XANAVI NISMO Z Super GT race car.:P

    • Jan. 31, 9:52pm
      Steph290

      That does look like a real life photograph! You sure Jordan didn’t switch it up with a real pic to have us in doubt? Lol


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