16 GT Academy racers picked for Silverstone final

Top gamers head to UK to prove their worth in real motors

Nissan, Sony and Gran Turismo developer Polyphony Digital has picked the 16 lucky (and more than just a little talented) PS3 gamers who'll head to UK for the finals in the US GT Academy tournament.

The finalists came on top of a tournament of Gran Turismo 5 races held this week - the final stage of the event to be held in the virtual world of GT5. 32 of the best players in US competed, only 16 made it through.


The next step is to hop on a plane headed for good old UK to prove their worth at the real thing at Silverstone race course, where the finalists will jump behind the wheel of real Nissan 370Z cars.

"Participants will join an intense, week-long racing camp where they will be judged by an expert panel of racing professionals, rating each competitor's skills, performance, and overall aptitude for the requirements of a professional racer," says Sony.

"The person who is judged to have the most natural talent and potential to succeed as a professional race car driver will be crowned as the first GT Academy winner in the U.S. After that, he will start down the grueling path to train, obtain a racing license, and make his big debut behind the wheel in a major endurance race."

Below are the 16 finalists going through:

- Bryan Heitkotter
- Christopher Roberts
- Jason Miller
- Andre Gomes
- John Wilding
- Christopher Morton
- Kris Norris
- Gregory Russell
- Connor Clifford
- Phillip Arscott
- Nick Fontana
- Rich Pratt
- Glenn McGee Howle
- Steve Driscoll
- Sean Johnston
- Jose Cedeno