The full motorsports season is finally on, as it is also in the virtual world with GT Academy starting soon. On April 5 in Japan, the first round of the Super GT “Okayama GT300km race” has seen the debut of Lucas Ordóñez, the first GT Academy Champion, in the GT500 Class (the full race footage is available on NISMO TV for some countries outside of Japan).
The GT-R that won the Bathurst 12 Hours race this February comes to Japan! On Saturday, March 21 at the NISMO showroom (Tsurumi ku, Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture), a “Bathurst Victory/Super GT Champion Commemorative Event” was held. GT Academy graduates Wolfgang “Wolfie” Reip and Florian Strauss, together with Masakazu Chiyo (who won the 12 Hour race together with them) will be at the event. Last year’s Super GT champions, Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli will also be there in person for the celebration. For details regarding the event, please see the NISMO showroom official website (available in Japanese only).
The Mid-Field Raceway was added in an update at the end of last month, and we received a lot of great comments about it – thank you all! Of course real tracks are important too, but it’s good to look back on our history sometimes. There were probably lots of players who remembered the license events of the past which involved this track.
In the upcoming Ver. 1.16 update, a brand new B-Spec will be introduced. In the former versions of B-Spec, there were probably many of you who were dissatisfied with the AI, with moments like “why is he letting off of the gas there!?” and “why aren’t you using the slipstream!!”… In the B-Spec of Gran Turismo 6, in addition to selecting the pacing in a continually fixed command, you will now be able to intervene with more control over your AI. Overtaking, use of slipstreams, lane changes, and even throttle/braking can be controlled in real time.
The Mid-Field Raceway that had gone missing since Gran Turismo 4 is coming back in an upcoming update.
The track was always at the top ranks of user requests, right next to the Seattle circuit. 15 years since its first inclusion in Gran Turismo 2, everything has evolved to Gran Turismo 6 quality, with weather and time changes as well as other course side objects.
The victory at the Bathurst 12 hour race on February 8 (local time) was the ultimate result for the GT Academy. As you can tell from the list of drivers in the results, they took the overall win while overcoming battle hardened factory drivers of other manufacturers. It was a dramatic race that is sure to be remembered in motorsports history. The last victory for Nissan on Mount Panorama was in 1992, at the peak of Group A racing. 23 years from that Bathurst 1000 victory brought about by the Skyline GT-R (R32), Japan’s Godzilla is once again king of the Aussie mountain.
This is quite late but Happy New Year from me as well, I hope to see more of you here this year.
We’re currently in Paris to attend the 30th Festival Automobile International.
Paris has been called the city of flowers and city of light, but unfortunately this is the darkest and coldest time of the year. When we arrived, it was slightly snowing. If this was the end of the year there would be Christmas illuminations and lots of people shopping; but still, the day we arrived seemed to be right after the Paris Fashion Week, and in streets and café’s near central Paris, there were lots of people who are probably buyers and various fashion brand related people.
GT Academy’s Wolfgang Reip will be racing the Bathurst 12 hour race that will be held on February 6th. Expectations are high for the 2nd challenge by the NISMO Athlete Global Team in this event. Also known as “Wolfie”, he is the 2012 European GT Academy champion, and was in Japan for the NISMO Festival last year.