Racing recreation fanatics win one of many world’s hardest endurance races
Three years in the past, Belgium’s Wolfgang Reip and Germany’s Florian Strauss have been probably at residence, rushing round well-known racetracks on their PlayStations. Whereas being down-proper superior at a well-liked online game was their main aim, yesterday they achieved one thing unimaginable: profitable one of many world’s hardest endurance races. It is undoubtedly a narrative they will inform the grandchildren, however because of Sony and Nissan, it won’t be the primary time you hear of a gamer displaying professionals the way it’s achieved.
This unimaginable feat is nearly as fascinating because the story behind it. Yearly, Sony and Nissan Europe put a name out for one of the best Gran Turismo gamers to use for the GT Academy. The academy, launched in 2011, pits hopefuls towards one another in a collection of on-line time trials utilizing particular Nissan fashions. A whole lot of hundreds apply, however they’re shortly whittled right down to a choose few, who then battle it out in “particular racing pods” throughout variety of stay Gran Turismo elimination rounds. Win that and it is off to England’s famend Silverstone circuit, the place they make the leap to actual Nissan sports activities automobiles (and a barrage of exams to check their power, stamina and psychological agility). The winner will get a race seat and a profitable contract.
It is the precise route that Reip and Strauss took after they have been topped the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy champions for 2012 and 2013 respectively. Reip, the truth is, beat 830,000 European Gran Turismo players to safe his spot. It was the German who began the race for Nissan’s Nismo staff, which had returned to the Bathurst 12 Hour race in Australia after a 22-yr hiatus. He handed over to Strauss, who piloted the GTR-35 to the top of the sector with lower than an hour of the race remaining.
Nevertheless, it was the group’s different driver, “true” skilled Katsumasa Chiyo, who was on the middle of probably the most intense motion. On the penultimate lap, the Nissan staff was mendacity in third behind each Audi and Bentley. In a frantic 30 second interval (proven within the video under), Chiyo handed each automobiles to take the lead and safe the workforce’s place on the prime of the rostrum.
Nissan will now take a GTR-LM to the 24 hour race in Le Mans, the place one other GT Academy winner is predicted to seize a seat. It is hoped that Brit Jann Mardenborough, who gained the primary ever prize and was snapped up by the Pink Bull F1 racing group final yr, can emulate the success of his Academy counterparts when the race begins in June.
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