CHENNAI: ‘Home at last’ was the feeling at Nissan GT’s organisers camp as they set up their simulators at the central atrium of Express Avenue Mall on Thursday. After selecting 4,000 participants from four cities in India, Nissan GT’s racing talent hunt has now come to Chennai, which is home to the international car maker’s production plant.
The international event that Nissan GT has been conducting for six years has come to India for the first time, according to organisers.
Speaking to CE, Ajay Raghuvanshi, vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan, said, “The event is taking place in two legs — online and live. On the whole, we will be selecting 28 participants who have recorded the fastest lap time, and they will again compete with each other at a national event and the final six will be selected. These participants will be sponsored by Nissan to go to Silverstone, where they will be groomed to race at international levels.”
According to the organisers, Nissan GT was conceived in partnership with Sony Playstation to enable participants experience the ‘real deal’ when it comes to GT racing.
With a simulator set up, resembling a F1 car’s cockpit and a screen to reproduce racing atmosphere, the participants get a real F1 experience, added Raghuvanshi.
Raghuvanshi said, “The competitive vibe of this event is unbelievable. We are hoping that this will increase the patronage for racing in India.”
He added, “Another important aspect is that more number of women are coming forward to participate in the event. So far, we have had almost equal participation from women.”
With Chennai being the last city where the event is being conducted, the next step is the nationals.
“That is where the real competition starts. Till now, we have been selecting participants using lap times, but at the nationals, we will select them by pitting them against each other. That is something we are looking forward to,” said Raghuvanshi.