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GT Academy 2010 PS3 Time Trial - Closing Stages

262w ago - European Brand Manager Penrose Tackie has started winding down the GT Academy 2010 PS3 Time Trial today with a peek at the closing stages.

To quote: We are now edging ever nearer to the closing stages of the Time Trial element of this year's GT Academy.

With well over a million downloads of the GT Time Trial Challenge, its been clear that GT fans and newbies alike have heeded the call of what has proven to be a demanding test of driving skill and nerve.

Racing into this final week, a look at country rankings based on best individual times, offers a fascinating if highly non-scientific gauge as to which countries are currently earning bragging rights on the Time Trial.  The order of merit is as follows;

4th. SPAIN
6th. ITALY
8th. UK

So, what happens at the end of the Time Trial? Read on to get the lowdown....

The Time Trial Challenge will officially end on Sunday January 24th at 23.59 GMT.

From 06.00AM GMT Monday 25th January, you should check [Register or Login to view links] and if you are in the top 30 within one of the participating countries you will...

GT Academy 2010 Time Trial for PS3 is Now Available!

267w ago - Sony's European Brand Manager Penrose Tackie has announced this morning that the GT Academy 2010 Time Trial is now officially available!

To quote: Hello everyone the moment is here! I'm absolutely thrilled to confirm that the GT Academy 2010 Time Trial is now officially live.

The time trial is going to be running from 9AM today until midnight 24th January 2010 and it's the only way to be in with a chance of making it through to the second ever GT Academy at Silverstone next year.

PlayStation Blog recently managed to get a few minutes with Kazunori Yamauchi, the man behind the Gran Turismo series and he gave us his thoughts on the GT Academy and how this groundbreaking initiative brings together the real and virtual racing worlds.

Dont forget to check out the [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] for the latest updates on the GT Academy.

When the idea of GT Academy was first formulated in 2008, we know that Yamauchi-san was very enthusiastic. Did the result live up to his expectations?

This GT Academy project in which a gamer who trained in the virtual world becomes a racing driver in the real world, was a dream I had when I first started developing a driving...

Video: GT Academy 2010 Begins December 17th with Time Trial

269w ago - Update: For those curious, [Register or Login to view links] reports that the Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial demo is now on the Japanese PlayStation Store, weighing in at 201MB in size and playable in English.

Today Sony's European Brand Manager Penrose Tackie has announced that GT Academy 2010 launches on December 17th with a downloadable Time Trial.

He also shared a trailer video and some GT5 demo details, as follows:

Following the groundbreaking success of the GT Academy last year and as part of our activities around the forthcoming launch of Gran Turismo 5, I am delighted to officially unveil GT Academy 2010.

On 17th December exclusively via the PlayStation store, we will be launching the GT Academy 2010 Time Trial. The time trial will be the only way into this year's Academy, and if you've got what it takes it could be the start of a life-changing journey.

Last year the GT Academy programme unearthed a real driving talent in the form of Lucas Ordonez from Spain, who after winning the GT Academy went on to drive for the Nissan PlayStation race team and take an astonishing second place in the GT4 Championship - all in his first season!
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