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If driving games are your thing, you could win the chance to swap your controller for a seat in a race car at Dubai’s GAMES12.

If driving games are your thing, you could win the chance to swap your controller for a seat in a race car at Dubai’s GAMES12.

For the first time in the Middle East, Gran Tourismo hotshots will get the chance to win race training and race against rivals at Silverstone in Sony’s GT Academy.

Live competitions will be held throughout GAMES12, being held at Festival City from September 20 to 22. An online competition offers a second route to Silverstone.

“GT Academy Middle East is a unique opportunity for the region’s game players to become racing drivers,” said Samir Cherfan, Director, Marketing and Sales, Nissan Middle East. “GT Academy takes rank amateurs from the virtual world, provides intensive on-circuit, real world training from the best in the business, and presents them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the track and compete in the demanding world of GT racing. For those fortunate enough to make it through the demanding qualifying rounds, the prize is the chance to compete in an internationally recognised endurance race, all courtesy of Nissan and Sony PlayStation.”

Visitors to the PlayStation stand will find dedicated GT Academy simulator pods available - the fastest time recorded over the three days of GAMES12 will be guaranteed a place in the next selection round. Other events will be staged across the participating countries throughout October and November with all entrants included in the main competition’s leaderboard. 

The second route requires competitors to tackle a free to download Gran Turismo GT Academy qualification challenge. This is available to anyone with an internet-connected PlayStation3, is based on the legendary racing simulation game.

At the close of the competition in December, the fastest online gamers will then join the winners from the live events at the regional final. From this elite group of 25, just eight will then go through to the ‘International Race Camp’ at Silverstone, the home of motorsport. There, they will compete against an international field at the wheel of a variety of Nissan cars for the chance to win GT Academy and go on to become a professional racing driver.

Other qualifiers will be held in the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Lebanon in October and November.