The famous GT Academy Race Camp gets underway Saturday at its now traditional home, the world renowned Silverstone Circuit in the UK. Over 830,000 people from across Europe entered the fourth iteration of the European competition this year, and only the best 36 remain.
The 36 competitors will be divided into six territory groups for this year’s race camp with the groups consisting of: France (6 contestants); Italy (6); UK (5) and Ireland (1); Spain (3) and Portugal (3); Belgium (3) and Netherlands (3); and Austria (2), Switzerland (2) and Poland (2).
Over the next seven days, they’ll have to prove themselves to an all-star panel of judges and mentors from their respective regions. These include: Formula One drivers Johnny Herbert (UK), René Arnoux (FRA), Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), Sébastien Buemi (CH) and Dani Clos (ESP); sports car drivers Bas Leinders (BEL), Rob Barff (UK), Franck Mailleux (FRA) and GT Academy graduates Lucas (ESP), Jordan (FRA) and Jann (GB); as well as touring car driver Tim Coronel (NED).
A number of eliminations will take place during the week until only one from each group of six remains for the final two days of Race Camp (Friday, 24 and Saturday, 25 August). The finale happily coincides with the World Endurance Championship race at Silverstone in which GT Academy champions Lucas Ordoñez and Jordan Tresson will compete in LMP2 cars for the Greaves Motorsport and Signatech Nissan teams, respectively.
The winner of the European GT Academy Race Camp will return to Silverstone to embark on an in-depth Driver Development Programme. As well as ensuring that he qualifies for an international race licence in super-quick time, the DDP will prepare the winner for the rigours of an entry into the tough and prestigious Dubai 24 Hour race in January 2014 where he will race a Nissan 370Z GT4 race car. The European winner will be joined in Dubai by the winners of the German, Russian and USA Race Camps.
Congratulations and good luck to all of the competitors!