Gran Turismo 5 Challenge Helps Japan Tsunami Victims at Spa 1000km May 5-6

Gran Turismo 5GT Academy 56 May 3, 2011 by

Winner of the first GT Academy and ILMC 2011 driver Lucas Ordonez has teamed up with other drivers on the grid at this weekend’s Spa Francorchamps 1000km to host a track-side Gran Turismo 5 challenge, benefiting victims of the devastating tsunamis in Japan.

As part of the build-up to this weekend’s race at the famous Spa circuit, this Thursday and Friday (May 5 & 6), fans will be invited to visit the Spa Entertainment Village, where they can donate €10 to race against Intercontinental Le Mans Cup drivers in GT5 race seats. The public will pit their wits against the pros over two laps on the game’s virtual Le Mans La Sarthe Circuit, or fans can make a charity donation to complete virtual laps of Spa Francorchamps using Com’In Sport Motion simulators.

The idea for the event was born in an exchange of Twitter posts between Lucas and Neel Jani of Rebellion Racing (and former F1 test driver), after which they quickly garnered corporate support from PlayStation, Speed Chills, and Com’In Sport. As a result, collected funds will go to support the Red Cross’ Japanese Tsunami Appeal. For more information, visit the event’s official Tsunami Appeal Virtual Challenge Facebook page.

Congratulations and kudos to Lucas and Neel for this simply awesome idea, and good luck to both on track this weekend!

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