Canada Joins GT Academy 2014 North American Region, Competition Begins April 21st

April 16th, 2014 by Wardez


Nissan has officially confirmed the GT Academy program is coming to the “Great White North” this year! After a long wait, GT Academy has “let Canada in” (with the province of Québec excluded for legal reasons), as the country joins the United States for the 2014 North American region of the global competition on April 21st.

With Canada having so much talent that has been itching for a chance to compete in the driver search program since its inception, we expect the finalists to be some of the most determined and deserving competitors yet.

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2013 Spa podium_1397476325Nissan North America Vice President of Marketing, Jon Brancheau, said, “The GT Academy concept has now been validated by the results of NISMO Athletes’ performance on the track worldwide.  It’s a blast to see Gran Turismo 6 gamers driving Nissan performance cars in the game, while aspiring to race our real vehicles in this competition. Nissan’s partnership with PlayStation has been a very good one, and I look forward to seeing what the fourth year of GT Academy in North America will bring.”

“I am very proud that GT Academy has returned for its sixth season globally, and that Gran Turismo together with Nissan will once again serve as the platform for the development of new racing drivers who otherwise would not have had the chance to pursue their dreams,” said Kazunori Yamauchi. “Even if you don’t make it through to the next round of GT Academy, the GT6 qualifying challenge will improve your skills as a driver and all players taking part will be rewarded with in-game credits to enhance their experience.”

Stay tuned for more details as the competition kicks off on next Monday, April 21st. Visit our GT Academy North America forum thread for more discussion with other hopeful competitors!

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  1. Apr. 20, 8:38pm
    Soyuz 77

    Best news I’ve read so far this year!
    Good luck to my neighbors to the south, … You might need it. ;)

  2. Apr. 19, 12:57am
    Conor Swan

    14 year old from the US goin’ for it. Let’s do this….

  3. Apr. 18, 2:05pm




  4. Apr. 17, 12:58pm

    Yay! The separatists lose the recent Quebec election and Canada finally gets GT Academy :) (Not really, but Yay anyway :))

    • Apr. 17, 4:47pm

      Blimey!!! even if there were no separatists in power in Québec there would still be no Gt Academy in Quebec. I do not blame you for not knowing , but let’s just say that recently every little thing that is different in Quebec is being charged on the seperatists account… without actual knowledge, everything is easily their fault.

  5. Apr. 17, 9:51am

    There goes my chance. Canada has hundreds of drivers way better than me.

    • Apr. 18, 4:33pm

      I was being sarcastic eh :)
      I was born and lived 30 years in Quebec; je sui Quebecois :)

  6. Apr. 17, 8:32am

    For all people in Quebec:

    Please blame the régie d’alcools des courses et des jeux for us not participating for these things. Contrairy to the rest of the country, Quebec has a legal organism that makes sure that contest are usually handled honestly. Whilst I do not suspect PD, Sony and Nissan for having sides, That organism requests that they register the contest over here. This is what companies do not want to do. :(

    • Apr. 17, 11:05am

      Uhm I think the word your looking for is organization.Blame your government,never mind they got turfed.

    • Apr. 17, 3:23pm

      @killerjimbag The organism i’m talking about has no ties to the political party in power. They all support it. This thing existed from even before I was born.

  7. Apr. 17, 8:19am

    This is a nice suprise !

  8. Apr. 17, 12:04am

    Why do I live in Quebec…. Finally my wish has come true only to be excluded from the rest of my country. Anyway, nuff complaning I’m happy for all my fellow Canadians. Represent Canada!!!

  9. Apr. 17, 12:01am

    Oh Canada…

    Great news for us Canucks. Now I can pretend I actually have a chance…lol.

    • Apr. 17, 7:45am

      Attention GTP: Do not listen to Johnnypenso when he acts all modest. He will hustle you on the track.


    • Apr. 17, 11:29am

      +1 lol

      Took me quite a few tries to get to his time last year, and I suspect he still had plenty more to find when he called it quits.

      Am I right Johnnypenso? I fully expect to see an alien time this year…

    • Apr. 18, 12:34am

      Appreciate the confidence boost but I’m not quite in that super alien territory you have to be in to make it to the Academy…lol. I’d be pretty happy with a top 200 in NA finish.

    • Apr. 18, 12:48pm

      *Yaawwnnn* Oh, you know, top 200, no big deal… *sigh*

  10. Apr. 16, 11:22pm

    If Interlagos is the new track for the final TT, that would make no sense if there was no Brazil. If there is no Brazil I think the track is either Shanghai International Circuit, or…. Imola, if it lines up with the Senna update. It would just be so stupid to have Interlagos and not let Brazilians in, though I wouldn’t put it past PD.

  11. Apr. 16, 10:59pm

    Aw crap there goes my top 250 hopes lol

    Congrats on finally getting in my northern friends.

  12. Apr. 16, 9:10pm

    Wow!!! I’m glad for my friend lapierre4 !!!!
    Go mate!!

    • Apr. 16, 11:59pm

      He’s from Quebec.

  13. Apr. 16, 7:59pm

    My hope is officially back up that there will be a Brazil GT Academy later this year!

  14. Apr. 16, 7:30pm

    YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Apr. 16, 7:01pm

    (strikeout-Blame-/strikeout) Bless Canada! I’m so happy, eh! The front page makes me wish to say I’m sorry to PD today, and for no reason whatsoever!

  16. Apr. 16, 5:26pm


  17. Apr. 16, 5:07pm

    It took them THIS long to get Canada into the academy? I’m happy we’re in, I really am, but WHY NOW? It makes no sense to me.

    • Apr. 17, 9:33am

      I think Canada gets in now, because of a few racers who used the name “LetCanadaIn” in the last GT Academy and were top or close to the top of the leaderboards.

  18. Apr. 16, 4:30pm


    • Apr. 16, 5:28pm

      Now’s your chance dude! Go for it.

    • Apr. 16, 5:43pm

      Good luck, Toko :D

    • Apr. 16, 6:06pm

      Haha, I wish. :) I’m like one of the slowest racers in GT, I’ll be blown by others. lol. xD

  19. Apr. 16, 4:08pm

    Sucks to be a Quebecer :( Oh so close, but not quite. It’s up to the rest of the country to do us all proud!

    • Apr. 16, 4:09pm

      Quebecers can pretend to be an Albertian, or Ontarian.

  20. Apr. 16, 4:00pm


  21. Apr. 16, 3:45pm

    Awarded in-game credits to enhance their experience.” cars as well i hope.

  22. Apr. 16, 3:44pm

    Alright Steve, here is your chance.

  23. Apr. 16, 3:43pm

    Fantastic! This is going to be very interesting…

  24. Apr. 16, 3:39pm

    Alright Turismo_Lester, now is your chance…make us GTPers proud brotha!

    Ill b trying my hand at it for the 3rd time…hoping I can improve upon from last year. :)

  25. Apr. 16, 3:36pm

    Results will be interesting this year.

  26. Apr. 16, 3:23pm

    “LetCanadaIn” was one fast bastard..

    Nice pun, Mr. Wardez.

    • Apr. 16, 10:49pm

      or 2 fast bastards… No one knows except them :)
      Maybe more than one fast canadian decided to show it’s country on top of the leaderboards?

  27. Apr. 16, 3:21pm

    Oh My God… All those Canadians would be so happy that they will die of heart attacks :D

    • Apr. 20, 8:25pm
      Soyuz 77

      You’re right! I just did. XD

  28. Apr. 16, 3:18pm

    Oh. Well, this is interesting….

    (I was or was almost in top 32 in Canada in 2012… Can’t remember which)

  29. Apr. 16, 3:18pm

    Watch out my fellow American friends. There has been a whole can of worms opened now. Thank you PD.

  30. Apr. 16, 3:14pm

    Yes, good luck you Canadians!

  31. Apr. 16, 3:04pm

    Congrats to all the Canadians who fought to get the Academy. Great news.

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