GT Academy 2012 Rumoured – Coming in March?

January 26th, 2012 by Andrew Evans

The brakes have barely cooled down on the GT Academy Dubai 24hr team‘s Nissan 370Z, but it seems GT Academy 2012 may be just round the corner – at least for the Europeans.

An article reporting on the impending event was spotted in the Dutch language magazine “AutoNews” and it will apparently be following a familiar format. Entrants from 12 European countries will be eligible to take part – not all of the countries are specifically named, but Belgium, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands are included.

Initially there will be a time trial to be launched in March, with the top 20 eligible players from each country being invited to a local national finals – the article names Spa-Francorchamps as one finals venue. 20 qualifiers in total will then be invited to attend a 6 day long final selection process, once again being held at Silverstone, with the winner being given the ultimate prize of a seat in the 2013 Dubai 24hr race.

With the time trial event being at least a full month away, there’s plenty of time to get some practice in and become the next Gamer-to-Racer in Sony/Nissan’s already successful, world-champion breeding GT Academy program!

Thanks to Manuelos for the tip and translation!

GT5 Photomode image courtesy of ceiling_fan.

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  1. Jan. 29, 11:29pm

    Can’t wait to see who the next gamer becoming a real race driver will be.

  2. Jan. 27, 3:19pm

    There are 50 sovreign states in Europe. 18 is listed on the Official GT Country selector. Only 12 of these are eligible for GT academy! I realt hope one day we all can compete in these events

  3. Jan. 27, 3:12pm
    Lord Grey

    Here is some info on the German version, piped through Google’s translation function into English:

    There is a comment in there reading, “The GT Academy 2012 will be even more global.” I don’t know if that means North America will be included, but I’m hoping it will be.

  4. Jan. 27, 9:55am

    That is a very cool picture

  5. Jan. 27, 9:47am


    • Jan. 27, 9:11am

      So it’s Germany + 12 other countries?

  6. Jan. 27, 8:13am

    There has been some official News on the German Playstation Blog last week.
    Germany will have their own Academy and one seat at the 24 hours of Dubai 2012.
    The Timetrails will start on March 10th.
    It looks like there will be several Academys in different regions and the winners of each will get together in one car at Dubai.

    • Jan. 27, 8:28am

      Sry its *Dubai 2013*

  7. Jan. 27, 8:06am


  8. Jan. 27, 6:48am

    Cool! Just yesterday playing online, talked about when the next GT-Academy might be arriving. Hope we didn’t start this al. Probably not :o)
    Anyway, can’t wait for it. Good luck to al you racers!

  9. Jan. 27, 4:47am

    At least I have a driver’s license now. Last time they were in Belgium i failed the exam a couple of days before the national final.

  10. Jan. 27, 12:04am

    and to Ukraine;)!

  11. Jan. 26, 11:29pm

    2013? The worlds going to end on the 12/12/12 I’m pretty sure :p

    • Jan. 27, 5:06am

      what a retard

    • Jan. 27, 3:50pm


  12. Jan. 26, 11:20pm

    Please bring GT Academy to Canada!!

    • Jan. 27, 10:26pm


  13. Jan. 26, 10:59pm

    I hope someday the South American’s have a chance. Brazil hosts the best drivers in the world, and we have Argentina with great tradition too.

    • Feb. 3, 11:56pm

      I hope that too!

  14. Jan. 26, 10:35pm

    :( They need to have a WORLD challenge, not just a location challenge. This lessens the chance of anyone winning, yes, but it also brings out THE VERY BEST

  15. Jan. 26, 10:32pm


    • Jan. 27, 2:56am

      Screw that, give Australia a chance.

    • Jan. 27, 3:22pm

      Commonwealth GT Academy ;)

  16. Jan. 26, 10:21pm

    Canada deserves a chance !

    • Jan. 26, 10:29pm

      i know right? gotta love how its called north america even though the rules clearly state the entrants must be citizens of the states

    • Jan. 27, 4:27am

      ask a canadian any other time of the year if they are american and they’ll kill on sight, but as soon as they can’t do something the americans can do it’s “well, we’re practically american eh!” haha

  17. Jan. 26, 8:48pm

    damn,,North Americans would like to be apart of this.

    • Jan. 26, 10:17pm

      damn, Canadians would like to be part of what PD calls “North American”

  18. Jan. 26, 8:24pm

    Those damn cheaters probably lost all credibility for the US.

    • Jan. 27, 1:00am

      US hasn’t been announced yet.

  19. Jan. 26, 8:12pm

    Dang hopefully they include a new GT Academy car like the red and white GT Academy 370Z with all the fancy logos. Make the number changeable too unlike the GT-R Academy SPECIAL.

    • Jan. 27, 2:29am

      +1. Still hoping they put the Signature edition SLS model in game to.

  20. Jan. 26, 8:11pm

    And I just can’t understand, why Estonia isn’t a part of Europe..

  21. Jan. 26, 8:02pm
    Primus Ortus

    Great photo Ceiling Fan. I’m not from Italy, but it seems only fair that they include Italy this time around given that the prior qualifying left them out. After all, Riccardo Patrice, Enzo Ferrari, and Mario Andretti (born in Montona, Istria, once part of Italy), etc. weren’t too shabby.

  22. Jan. 26, 8:00pm

    Sweet pic! :P

  23. Jan. 26, 7:52pm

    Lets hope no one cheats this time around or they come with track that cat be cut.

  24. Jan. 26, 7:48pm

    So Cool!!

  25. Jan. 26, 7:28pm

    darn im 18 in april.. also im in australia :'(

  26. Jan. 26, 7:23pm

    That photo is pro.

  27. Jan. 26, 7:22pm

    How many countries could participate last time?

  28. Jan. 26, 7:21pm

    Turn 18 already body! JUST DO IT

  29. Jan. 26, 7:19pm

    Dat rims! ^^)

  30. Jan. 26, 7:19pm


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