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Gran Turismo 5 may feel like it’s an astronomically long way away, but enthusiasts will be pleased to learn the news that the GT Academy 2010 commences on December 17th.

What’s exciting however is how the competition, whereby players in respective countries will compete against each other for the best times, will work, as it is essentially a free playable demo of Gran Turismo 5. The demo will feature a tuned version of the Nissan 350Z on a specifically customised track, which GTPlanet believes will be a portion of the Indianapolis GP Circuit.

The top 20 players of each country will  be invited to a national final event, which will then be narrowed down to an elite top 20 for the GT Academy. Successful entrants will then get an opportunity to hone their skills out on the track for real in an intensive driving course at Silverstone.

A list of eligible countries can be found after the break.

  • UK
  • Ireland
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Source: PlayStation Blog

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