Nissan GT Academy Winners ‘Too Fast’ to Race


It might sound strange, but a two-car effort aimed at the British GT Championship has been refused for being too fast.

The racers came out of Nissan’s GT Academy, a program that uses Gran Turismo to find new race car drivers through the video game world. Trouble rose because the drivers have “very little racing experience, so they have to be on the lowest performance grade,” British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici said.

“Their talent, going on Jann’s speed last year, doesn’t reflect this lack of experience so it is not fair to put them up against our Pro/Gentleman grid, the basis of British GT3. Hats off to Nissan though and I should point out that there are no closed doors here,” said  Franassovici.

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 Last year Jann Mardenborough was “too fast” for his performance grading, but he didn’t meet the requirements for higher level racing so organizers applied a time penalty.

“We don’t know yet if the new guys will be as fast as Jann but British GT have decided not to take the risk,” said Nissan’s Global Motorsports Director Darren Cox.

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FordV8Supercar says:

At the Bathurst 12 hour a week ago, a Ferrari F458 was penalised for going faster than the fastest lap time permitted. It’s bullshit. If cars go fast, then they should be allowed to go fast!

George Bailey says:

This ain’t racing! It’s face-saving affirmative action for British GT Championship’s sponsors.

AgentOO7 says:

It’s not about the cars… It’s about the drivers be “too skilled” to be in the class they are in… It’s like you retards that can’t read the article correctly actually trying to read it the way its written… oh wait – this just confused you more!