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* GT Academy EU Race Camp: Day 1 Roundup

Day 1 | Silverstone | Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A warm and sunny Silverstone greeted almost all of the 41 participants at the 2014 GT Academy European Race Camp yesterday (Tuesday, 30 July). What is known as ‘Day 0’ saw all the competitors introduced to their ‘Snoozebox’ accommodation, issued with their colour-coded kit for the week (see table below) and undertaking medicals and a rigorous fitness test.
They were also introduced to a new look Race Camp base. Set up in the garages of Silverstone’s Stowe building, the 2014 Race Camp looks like the ultimate racing drivers’ hangout with a Nissan GT-R GT3 race car, Gran Turismo®6 pods to practice on the various circuit configurations and some PS4s set up for relaxation.
It was ‘almost all’ of the competitors because travel issues led to arrival delays for three of the Russian team, while one of the six was unable to travel and had to withdraw from the Academy.

In this sixth year of the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition, it would come as no surprise to the finalists that they would be tested to the limit physically and the start of Day 1 did not disappoint. A ‘Mud Mayhem’ challenge began proceedings with a team challenge to complete an extremely tough 2km course that contained a number of tricky, and often unpleasant, obstacles, including an ice bath, water slide, slippery wall, fire run and, of course, electric shocks!
As a team challenge, the strongest members needed to support the weakest. The grouping of Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic (known as SWEPOCZECH at Race Camp), proved not to have a weak link and powered ahead. Behind them the Benelux team put up a great fight catching Swepoczech at the death but unable to overhaul them. The UK team lagged behind for much of the challenge, but with an Italian struggling to make it over the final wall at the finish, the UK managed to cross the finish ahead leaving the Italians to bring up the rear.

Next up was an opportunity for the Judges and instructors to assess their teams on track. After some familiarisation with Silverstone’s circuits on Gran Turismo 6, the competitors went out in real cars with instructors. The compact Stowe circuit was used to set their ‘benchmark’ time in the 370Z Nismo. On the International circuit, meanwhile, the competitors enjoyed some top-level driver training in 370Zs and GT-Rs.

Towards the end of a long, full day, Race Camp moved to the Northampton International Raceway where seven Nissan Micra cars were all set up in the team colours for the fantastic ‘Stockcar Challenge’. With all five Russians now present, the teams raced against each other in a frantic endurance race around the tight oval. Benelux judge Tim Coronel’s tactical advice to his strong, and vocal, team paid off. Keeping out of trouble and pitting for driver changes at the right time, Benelux pulled off an impressive win. Two laps behind, a tight finish saw the green UK team overhaul the grey car of SwePoCzech to take second with two laps to go, while Iberia finished a further lap down. Italy were a few laps further down and followed home by France with the newly arrived Russians bringing up the rear.

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GT Academy are uploading all of their Race Camp photos to Flickr throughout each day. All of the photos from Day 1 can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1nIlGOd
GT Academy are also updating Twitter (www.twitter.com/gtacademy) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/gtacademy) with regular updates during Race Camp.

* Shane's Academy Adventure: Day 1 Photos

Day 1 | Silverstone | Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Race camp kicked off with a grueling 2km Mud Mayhem assault course across the Silverstone Rally Stage.

The GT Academy grads then had their first taste of competitive race action with the Nissan Micra stock car challenge. A couple of pics of Shane's attempts are below, he's in the green Micra.

* Shane 'Ghost' Green Qualifies for UK Race Camp 2014

Congratulations to our Shane (aka Ghost) for getting through the UK National Finals and on his way to GT Academy Race Camp 2014! Shane had to battle against 27 other National Finalists at Silverstone to make it into the final 6, who would progress to Race Camp.

Some pictures of his National Finals experience:

We will update you right here on RoninGT with his 'Race Camp 2014' progress as and when we get it from the GT Academy team.

* Tidgney Racing: GT Academy Detailed Guides

NOTICE: Even though the online qualifiers for GT Academy 2014 are over, we will be keeping all four of Tidgney's guides up here. They are a fantastic source of information if you want virtual driving tips  :cheers:

Our member and friend Martin "Tidgney" Hefferon has once again put together guides for the GT Academy qualifiers on his YouTube channel Tidgney Racing.
These are without doubt his best guides yet, so if you need some help he is the man to speak to.

Martin qualified for the UK Race Camp Finals of GT Academy 2013. He unfortunately didn't get any further than Day 4 of the camp but finished in the top 5 for the UK. All of us at RoninGT are very proud of his achievements mind you! We'd all love to be as talented behind the virtual wheel as him.