GT Academy 2016 North Africa and Philippines Finalists Announced

Six selected drivers from North Africa final accompanied by 2015 GT Academy winner Romain Sarazin.

According to an official NISMO Facebook post and AutoDeal, the currently-underway 2016 GT Academy season has found its first dozen Silverstone-bound finalists. This selection of drivers from North Africa and Philippines will compete in the International Race Camp this October at the famed British circuit.

Additional regions currently taking part in GT Academy program are Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Thailand. Each area will need to whittle 20 regional finalists down to six for the International Race Camp. More countries were earmarked for GT Academy inclusion later this year, but there’s been no update on the situation following GT Sport’s delay.

Six selected drivers from Philippines final. Elysse Menorca (third from the left) is the only female driver from Philippines final.

Therefore, from North Africa finals the British circuit will greet:

  • Hassan Mostafa (Egypt)
  • Mohamed Waly (Egypt)
  • Karim Teggar (Algeria)
  • Mohamed Madaci (Algeria)
  • Kamel Madaci (Algeria)
  • Oussama Benjellon (Morrocco)

Likewise, list of drivers from Philippines that will embark for the Silverstone event:

  • Jan Millard Lacuna
  • Elysse Menorca
  • Richard Dean Jose
  • Mervin John Mallen
  • Kim Jiger Chong
  • Francisco Adriano IV

Elysse Menorca of the Philippines is the first female driver that will be taking part in the UK-based event this October. This is not the first time we’ve reported on female drivers making their way up the ranks in GT Academy. Faiza Al Kindi (known as Hollow on GTPlanet) became the first woman to reach a regional final during GT Academy Middle East two years ago.

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Comments (16)

  1. Aussie_HSV

    Congrats to those already selected from their respective regions for this year’s Silverstone finals.

    Best of luck to them all.

  2. zzz_pt

    With all the nonsense comming out from PD about GTSport recently, I don’t think anyone cares about GT Academy at this point.

    1. Aussie_HSV

      Considering that the GT Academy is a joint venture between Nissan and Sony, your response seems ill-informed and somewhat disrespectful to this year’s finalists.

    2. zzz_pt

      Aussie_HSV, gtplanet is not connected to the NISSAN side of GT Academy but to the GT side. And to be honest I don’t really care about the finalists (as the great majority of people in gtplanet doesn’t). Great for them. I care more about the game itself.

      We have a console with +2 years without any GT game (and now PS4 Pro…) The release date was (again) postponed. Some digital pre-orders were canceled. Competitors are growing stronger.

      I don’t expect GT Fans to be excited about some small GT Academy news.

    3. Johnnypenso

      “Considering that the GT Academy is a joint venture between Nissan and Sony”. What do Sony and Nissan have to do with GTPlanet. I suspect the only people around here that really have any interest in this at this point, are the participants. We can’t play the game, can’t watch any of the competition and have no idea when it’ll be a reality for most of us.

    4. AKps3

      “What do Sony and Nissan have to do with GTPlanet”
      I can ask you the same question
      What have Forza,AC and co. to do with GTP?

    5. AKps3

      Why they didn’t keep Maybe because no one cared?
      Sony and Nissan have more to do with GTP than Forza,Assetto Corsa and co. in my opinion.

    6. AKps3

      @ ntoaster
      Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that GTP should not post news about other racing games
      It’s good that they post news from Forza,AC and co.

    7. AKps3

      Sony is the publisher from GT and Nissan the GTA sponsor so both have somethong to do with GTP.
      Just look at the news page there are Sony news….
      Thats my opinion and you can not change that

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