Top 16 U.S. GT Academy 2012 Finalists Advance to Silverstone

July 15th, 2012 by Jordan Greer

As those of you who tuned in to the live stream already know, the top 16 finalists in the U.S. region of GT Academy 2012 were determined this weekend in a dramatic event held in San Diego, California during Comic-Con.

Things got off to an exciting start on Thursday, when GTPlanet user Patrick Crider earned the title of “Racer X” and the chance to knock one of the top 32 finalists out in the first time trial on Friday morning. Living up to the challenge, he bested the slowest time on his first qualifying lap, securing his place in the competition.

Four rounds later, he survived to join the 16 finalists moving forward to the GT Academy Boot Camp at Silverstone at the end of next month. Here’s a list of all the winners (and their PSN usernames) as compiled by finalist Edward Gomez and shared in our forums; you can match up names to faces in the picture above.

Top Row:

  • Jeff Lund (redsoxboy80)
  • Patrick Crider (GTP_Sohnvonstig)
  • Brian Rice (TX_Driven3)
  • Eric Rivera (RedlineGTS)
  • Jett Chandler (Jett Racer)
  • Kyle (A7XMaverick)
  • Matthew C. (topgear3793)
  • Jeff Stuart (Rackattack)
  • Stephen Diem (S_Diem)
  • Steven Doherty (BICDRIVER49)
  • Edward Gomez (Wardez)
  • Nicholas Barbado (Forcednduckshn)

Bottom Row:

  • Joseph Alves (AltF4_Veloci2NR)
  • Darwin A. (darweezee)
  • Austin Cobb (TRC_Scooty)
  • Rees Gould (Redreevos)

To see to see how the entire competition played out, check out the archived streams from each day of competition below, or view them directly on

As you’ll see, I co-hosted the event with IGN Pro League commentator Kevin Knocke, and would like to thank him and everyone else at IGN IPL who produced the stream. It was also great to meet so many of the competitors in person, most of whom are GTPlanet community members or regular readers. Congratulations, gentlemen!

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  1. Jul. 17, 11:35pm


  2. Jul. 17, 6:55pm

    Three days later and nothing new happened?
    Wow. I’m surprised.

    • Jul. 17, 7:40pm


  3. Jul. 17, 6:25pm

    Congratulations to all of you Americans.

    Good luck Mav (Kyle)!

  4. Jul. 16, 7:40pm

    I am going to silverstone race track tmr. UK &Ireland National final 

    • Jul. 16, 11:02pm

      Me to!!!

    • Jul. 17, 1:38pm

      Same here

  5. Jul. 16, 12:59pm

    Congratulations to all, great job!

  6. Jul. 16, 12:01pm

    a7xmavric made it ….. good job dude

  7. Jul. 16, 10:21am

    I hope GT6 has a RM for all of the Cars used in GT academy & the rest of the cars on the game.

  8. Jul. 16, 9:47am

    Oh and Rees isn’t your wife going to burst soon? Man your life is going to be crazy!

    • Jul. 17, 3:57pm

      Where the hell have you been!?!


    • Jul. 18, 2:51pm

      MIA. Summer sun and work have gotten in the way of Gran Turismo. I’m starting to get the itch again so I’ll be back sooner than later.

  9. Jul. 16, 9:44am

    Mule, you forgot Veloci2NR.

    Great job, bromigos. I’m proud to say that I have raced with (and occasionally beat :) ) a lot of the gentlemen in this group.

  10. Jul. 16, 7:23am

    does anybody know if tomorrow and Wednesdays finals are going to be streamed live?

    • Jul. 16, 3:38pm

      The UK national finals aren’t going to be streamed, unfortunately, but Famine will be on hand to provide coverage.

    • Jul. 16, 3:51pm

      okay, thank you. I’d rather my friends not see me fail anyway, lol.
      defeatish much?

  11. Jul. 15, 5:22pm

    So I’m friends with Ponyboy (Sohnvonstig), Wardez, Forcednduckshn and RedReevos, and I’ve raced with Jett, and A7X before.


    • Jul. 17, 1:05pm

      Hey Mule,

      Cool, raced with Wardez, RedReevos and you too. Good luck! (sailworksman)

  12. Jul. 15, 4:39pm

    Well, I am jealous as hell. Enjoy every second guys.

  13. Jul. 15, 2:16pm

    CONGRATS Wardez nice job man!!!!

  14. Jul. 15, 10:46am

    Rooting for redsoxboy80, and Wardez. Both cool dudes, and absolute beasts behind the wheel

  15. Jul. 15, 10:05am

    Quite literally from leMOMS to leMANS… Well done Red!

  16. Jul. 15, 9:30am


    You and Kevin seemed bursting to tell of some surprise during both webcasts, but apparently weren’t allowed to say. Can you tell us now?

    • Jul. 15, 10:16am

      Yup. It would be great if we could get a heads up of a future announcement.

      This was good though. I enjoyed the virtual racing. The commentating was good and felt really natural to hear, too, while I didn’t expect it. :tup:

    • Jul. 15, 11:45am

      The organizers told us rain would begin during their race at Spa, but of course, it did not…

    • Jul. 15, 12:23pm

      Tartar sauce :(

  17. Jul. 15, 5:21am

    Well done everyone. Also, Go Patrick, do it for GTPlanet!!

  18. Jul. 15, 4:46am

    Congratualations to all of you!!!

  19. Jul. 15, 4:21am

    Next DLC Silverstone?

    • Jul. 15, 4:25am

      Please god!!!

    • Jul. 15, 4:27am

      You know that would be something!,

    • Jul. 15, 12:51pm

      Here’s to hoping! With at least weather change.

    • Jul. 16, 9:10am

      That is exactly what I was thinking / hoping. With all 4 configurations.
      That would be special. But I don’t think it’s even been sçaned.

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