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Steve Doherty is the 2012 GT Academy US Champion

Ken Chan's Avatar + Posted by Ken Chan on Dec 07, 2012 // Product Manager, SCEA

GT Academy 2012: Steve Doherty

After seven months, 400,000 competitors, and a six-week television series that captured every challenge and human drama of an intense week of racing boot camp, Steven Doherty of Plainfield, IL defeated the rest of the top 16 to win the coveted title of 2012 GT Academy US Champion.

The 29-year old mechanic actually competed in the first US GT Academy competition in 2011, but during the National Finals he missed the final 16 for Silverstone by just six tenths of a second. So in 2012, Steve came back with a vengeance and trained incredibly hard, both mentally and physically, to be a top contender at Silverstone. In the end, Steve came away victorious in the final “Winner Take All” race — and set an all-time track record amongst all previous GT Academy contestants in the process.

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Currently in the UK for his intensive racing training for an international license, Steve and three other GT Academy Champions from Europe will team up in two race-prepared 370Zs to race at the Dubai 24 Hour race in the Middle East on January 10th. We look forward to seeing Steve and the rest of 2012 GT Academy Champions follow the same racing success of Lucas, Jordan, Jann, and Bryan.

Go to the official Nissan GT Academy page for full episodes and more info.

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+ Stinvil93 on December 7th, 2012 at 6:17 am said:

The Ps3 Logo looks very nice on that 370Z ;) I am buying that exact car in a week. great car company + great gaming company is a great collaboration. LIVE LONG PLAY!!


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+ MrBendel on December 7th, 2012 at 6:46 am said:

its a nice car ;)


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+ death_by_wabbit on December 7th, 2012 at 7:39 am said:

I tried but just wasn’t good enough. Great contest though, PSN needs more like this


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+ guitarded77 on December 7th, 2012 at 9:08 am said:

Congrats!!! Gran Turismo 5 is my most played game of this generation… can’t get enough. Polyphony Digital needs to do an open map GT spin off like Forza Horizon. With GT’s physics and visuals, it would be amazing… but I’m sure they’re hard at work on GT6 for the PS4.


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+ Gadirok on December 7th, 2012 at 9:40 am said:

Time for GT6 now?


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+ chemerie on December 7th, 2012 at 10:18 am said:

Congrats, Steve Doherty. I’d like to see how you prevailed. When will the new season of GT Academy be available on PSN?


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    + Ken Chan on December 7th, 2012 at 11:17 am said:

    The entire GT Academy 2012 season can be viewed online through http://www.nissanusa.com/gtacademyshow/show and it’ll also be available on Gran Turismo TV

    The entire season will be available on the PS Store by early January


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+ ImaFREEZEtheRoom on December 7th, 2012 at 11:48 am said:

Wait I haven’t watched this. Why put the winner on the title of the article? Excuse me while I hit myself in the head with a brick so I can forget the last 5 hours of my life (hopefully). I am joking.

O well, I’ll watch it anyway.


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+ polo155 on December 7th, 2012 at 12:36 pm said:

i missed a couple of the episodes so figured id wait till i can catch them all but since YOU SPOILED IT FOR ME I DONT NEED TO WASTE MY TIME!!

Why would you announce the winner without a “SPOILER” notice? on ere, on facebook/twitter, im like wtf. when u have low viewership on psn and nissan sites i hope you think apon this!


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+ TwinDad on December 9th, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

Congratulations.

I agree the name should never be listed in the title, additionally the interest grab before the read more should not have included the name of the winner. You just removed allot of people from the list of potential viewers. Now Nissan the sponsor will have less people seeing their cars, and isn’t that what this is really about?


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+ Blackhawk3410 on December 10th, 2012 at 10:34 am said:

Congrats to a fellow Illnois homey. Watched one of the episodes on Spike. Even though I’m a HARDCORE GT fan, I’ll try to catch e’m when & however I can. As long as the download speeds aren’t INSANE! Whateva, main. My thanks to Polyphony Digital for the FREE (C7) Corvette Prototype in the last store update. Shocking, an American car and not another Nissan. No dis to the GTR & 370Z but c’mon. How about a Pontiac Trans Am, Shelby GT 500 or Dodge Charger SRT-10. If it’s free it must be good! Viva el Toro the Cat. He will win the PS Battle Royale. Big Daddy & Kraptos aren’t jack!


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