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 |  Jul 20 2012, 3:01 PM

Regional competition wrapped up for the Nissan Playstation GT Academy in the U.K., solidifying the date when a new pro race car driver will be chosen.

Those familiar with the competition know that it is in its fourth year and growing in popularity. This time around, more than 830,000 gamers entered the initial round of competition throughout the U.K. Those competitors are put through a series of heats using Gran Turismo 5 before a select few face actual physical trials.

Of the six competitors that made it through from the U.K., one will be allowed to continue at the international level. That person will earn his spot through physical trials, which is just the second time the GT Academy competition switches from the virtual world to reality.

Each of the six will run head-to-head in a grueling boot camp that will isolate drivers from each country, leaving one representative to vie for the final title.

For the last driver left standing, this will be the opportunity of a lifetime: to slingshot from video games to the real world of racing as a professional competitor.  That’s been the case for Lucas Ordonez , the first GT Academy winner, who recently ran in the Nurburgring 24 Hours race.