The Gran Turismo 5 Asia Online Tournament 2012 – the Super GT Cup – recently concluded to great success, with a recorded number of over 10,000 participants. One top racer from each country – Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia – was selected to be a part of the regional final, which is going to be held in Singapore on May 27th, at the Singapore Expo!
The winner of the regional final gets to represent his or her country while competing for the Asian championship, and a chance to win not just the Super GT Cup trophy, but also a free trip to Tokyo in September, entry to the Tokyo Game Show, a special tour of the Polyphony Digital Inc. studio guided by legendary GT5 producer Kazunori Yamauchi and finally, dinner with Yamauchi himself. The Asia Final will be held at the Sepang racing circuit in Malaysia.
Second and third place winners will also receive pretty awesome loot: they’ll get S$320 and S$160 PlayStation Network vouchers respectively. Ordinary participants who manage to attain a gold trophy will also receive exclusive DLC – the Nissan Calsonic IMPUL GT-R (SUPER GT) ’08 car via email.
Here’s a bit more info (from the Press Release) on how the Regional and Asia Finals for the Super GT Cup will play out:
|Date||27th May 2012|
|Venue||Hall 3, Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Drive, #02-10, Singapore|
|Race course||Fuji Speedway F x 3 laps|
|How to win||All participants are raced against speed. The fastest racer who complete the course in each region becomes the finalist to represent their country in the Asia Final held in Malaysia|
|Date||10th June 2012|
|Venue||Sepang Circuit Malaysia at Super GT Sepang Grand Prix|
|How to participate||• The winners from each Regional Final match will compete in the Asia Final• All finalists will be sent to Malaysia to compete for Asian Championship• In the match, the following car models (2 cars per model) of which the conditions will be set to be as similar as possible will be the designated cars for the race:
a. MOTUL AUTHECH GT-R ’08
b. Calsonic IMPUL GT-R ’08
c. YellowHat YMS TOMICA GT-R ’08
• Racers will take turns to select their own race cars according to the time attack held before the final race. Hence, the racer with the shortest completion time in the time attack will be the first one to pick a car, then the top 2 racer, etc.
|Race course||Suzuka Circuit|
|How to win||All participants are raced against speed. The racer who completes the course the fastest will become the Asia Champion.|
For those who didn’t get to participate in the tournament, here’s something to console you! From May 2nd 2012, Gran Turismo and Nissan are running another round of online events with free PSN DLC! This series of events will be known as the GT Academy, and is open to all PSN users.
The Asian GT Academy will remain open until June 25th 2012, and involves an eight-step qualification programme. Though the events are based on GT5, they have been specially developed for the Academy by the game’s creator, Kazunori Yamauchi.
All gamers with a PS3 will be able to download GT Academy 2012 for free on the PlayStation Store. Happy racing!