Nissan Philippines Opens Nationwide Search of New Race Car Drivers in its Second Season of GT Academy

photocaption: NPI President and Managing Director Ramesh Narasimhan (left) with Nissan GT Academy 2008 inaugural champion Lucas Ordoñez trying out the new Gran Turismo Sport game in the virtual racing pod at the launch of the new season of the GT Academy in the country.


Nissan Philippines Inc (NPI) recently launched the second season of the GT Academy in the Philippines at the Main Atrium of SM Mall of Asia. 

“We had a very successful start last year when the Philippine team competed against other racers in GTA Asia at Silverstone UK, and we bested them by producing the first-ever Filipino GT Academy Asia champion,” said Ramesh Narasimhan, NPI President and Managing Director.  “We hope that this year, we can call on more Filipino talents to enter the competition and make the country the breeding ground for outstanding racing drivers.” 

Joining Narasimhan in the opening ceremony was 2008 GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez.  He recounted, “Back then, I was just studying for my MBA. When I saw an ad for a new competition called ‘GT Academy’, I knew I had to join and take this shot to be the racing driver I dreamed to be. Now, here I am racing on every possible tournament. It felt great to have taken that move. I hope Filipinos will grab this opportunity too.”  Ordoñez completed a podium finish in the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours. 

The Nissan GT Academy is slated to run its recruitment session nationwide, with the following scheduled Live Events and their venues: July 8 – 10 at  the Mass area of SM The Block, and at the Activity Center of Centrio Mall in Cagayan;  July 14 – 20 at the GL Concourse of SM Southmall;  July 17 – 23  at Activity Center of SM Bacolod;  July 19 – 25 at the Atrium of SM Ecoland Davao; July 28 – August 3 at SM Sta. Rosa; and August 12 – 14 at the Atrium of SM Pampanga. 

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