Two-time FHM Philippine Sexiest Woman in the World Sam Pinto, a model and actress, was spotted recently at the SM North EDSA, Skydome trying her racing skills all revved up as she boarded the simulator pods and set pulse rates soaring among spectators and fellow racers alike in the virtual racing Live Nissan GT Academy Philippines recruitment event.
The sexiest woman revved up with her Nissan GT-R ride as part of promotional program by Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), who recently introduced the GT Academy to the country, opening doors to Filipinos wanting to break into the racing profession. Sam Pinto was invited during the Live Nissan GT Academy Philippines Recruitment event at the Skydome which made the event more exciting for race car fanatics.
“I have never played Gran Turismo but I accepted Nissan’s invitation because I thought it would be fun to try,” the actress admitted. “I’m sure all the women drivers out there would enjoy the experience too, maybe one of them will even qualify for the Race Camp in the UK.”
“It’s hard, but it’s fun!” exclaimed Sam when she started her driving inside the simulator pods, all in an effort to finish with a respectable lap time, while Mr. SJ Huh, Nissan General Manager for Marketing, cheers her up and assist her until she finished the lap race.
Fun facts of the Nissan GT Academy Philippines search
GT Academy takes skilled Gran Turismo 6 players and turns them into professional racers in five stages.
– First Gear: The Recruitment (April – June)
Hopefuls will be narrowed down to the Top 20 gamers to be determined by time trials taking place behind the wheel of GT pods during live recruitment events.
– Second Gear: National Finals (July)
The National Finals will determine top 6 Filipino players who will go to the next round and go bumper-to-bumper with the best Gran Turismo drivers in Asia.
– Third Gear: The Race Camp Week (August)
Players will be tested on their strength, stamina, mental agility and driving skills against Asia’s best at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.
– Fourth Gear: Driver Development Program
The emerging GT Academy Champion in Asia will join other GT Academy winners in a rigorous training under the wing of professional coaches and racers at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in UK.
– Fifth Gear: Graduation
After passing the Driver Development Program, graduates will receive their International C License, allowing them to compete in a prestigious racing event anywhere in the world.
During the Live Nissan GT Academy Philippines Recruitment event at the Skydome, we joined the hundreds of hopefuls of becoming one of the six Gran Turismo players to be sent to U.K. The virtual race was easy to look at but as we took the wheel, we just realized we couldn’t beat the fastest time clocked in the race. For our side, the fastest we’ve made is at 1:30:886 and we did not even made it to the Top 20.
To date, the fastest lap time recorded in the Philippines is 1:02:762 and the slowest in the Top 20 is 1:03:671. So far, 3,005 attempts have been recorded in the live recruitment events which started last April 10 and will run at various venues until June 28.
For GT Academy updates and Live Event schedules, please visit Nissan Philippines Inc’s Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/NissanPhilippinesInc.
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