Nissan: Mexico’s Johnny Guindi Hamui crowned 2016 GT Academy International Champion

Posted on 27. Oct, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

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SILVERSTONE, UK – Johnny Guindi Hamui from Mexico satisfied his motorsport dreams currently as he was crowned a 2016 Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy International champion during Silverstone Circuit.

The 22-year-old triumphed above 35 other comparison Gran Turismo® gamers from around a world, winning a place on a extensive Nissan Driver Development Program and a foe chair in a 2017 Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai race, alongside 2011 GT Academy leader Jann Mardenborough.

The preference came after an epic eight-day Race Camp in a UK, with Hamui comparison as a leader due to his unchanging gait and affability via a week, as good as a eagerness to listen and take on all a recommendation given to him via Race Camp.

In a new format for 2016, Race Camp came to an finish with a 16-lap continuation foe around Silverstone International Circuit, with dual competitors from any domain holding partial in a final race. In prior years, mentors have comparison only one aspirant to foe a race, though this new format gave a some-more in-depth demeanour during how a incomparable operation of competitors perform on a large occasion.

When a foe got underway, Mexico primarily done a discerning getaway and led into a initial corner. However, they were hauled in by a discerning starting Mohamed Wally from North Africa who took a lead and built a opening in his 11-lap stint. Mexico pitted early, changing Enrique Manjarrez for Hamui, who within dual laps had set a fastest path of a race.

When North Africa eventually stopped, Hamui had narrowed a opening totally and a span went into a initial dilemma corresponding after North Africa emerged from a pits. Hamui afterwards went on to take and connect a lead before saying a mottled flag.

“I can’t trust it,” pronounced Hamui. “What I’ve only achieved is going to take a while to penetrate in! It’s been an unimaginable knowledge with some severely tough competitors, and I’ve had a best time of my life. In a foe we was only so strong on doing a good pursuit that my 11 laps in a automobile flew by. we was alone for 5 laps and we was only looking for unchanging path times and afterwards on my sixth path we saw a North Africa automobile entrance out of a pits. we was in a good stroke and overtook him on a outside. After that it was all about holding it together and luckily we did that, we can’t report a feeling when Jann review out my name as a winner.”

Hamui’s tour with Nissan will start roughly immediately, as he takes to a lane for a inhabitant eventuality during Brands Hatch this weekend with Nissan’s RJN Motorsport team. RJN Motorsport, who run Nissan’s appearance in a Blancpain Sprint and Endurance Series via Europe, will also be a organisation that Hamui will foe for in Dubai in a Nissan 370Z GT4 NISMO.

“The final foe was only phenomenal,” pronounced Mike Carcamo, director, Nissan Motorsport. “Hats off to all a teams who did a good pursuit with a new format with a dual drivers. It done for a unequivocally sparkling race. Johnny did a good pursuit in his second stint, carrying to come from behind and also overtaking guys and pulling hard. This was a real-life racing unfolding and another good year for GT Academy!”

Hamui warranted his place during Race Camp from a hundreds of thousands of Gran Turismo gamers that entered a foe opposite a world.

Having won by a Mexico National Final, he arrived during Silverstone as one of 6 to paint Mexico, alongside 35 International competitors overall, separate into 6 domain groups. Each organisation shaped a tighten bond with their domain decider who acted as a mentor, though afterwards had to make a formidable decisions when it came to eliminations from a competition.

The on-track movement got underway final Wednesday with 6 finalists from Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, Philippines and Thailand. Throughout their week during International Race Camp, a array of both racing and earthy hurdles whittled them down to 12 this morning that took partial in a final race.

Throughout Race Camp, several warn hurdles were thrown during them including a SAS attack course, Gymkhana rejecting races, beach racing in Nissan GT-Rs and a Nissan Micra batch automobile foe that motionless a starting grid for today’s final race.

It was a landmark Race Camp for a integrate of occasions, with a first-ever womanlike finalist and also a oldest ever finalist holding part.

Elysse Menorca, 22 from a Philippines, warranted outrageous commend from a judges for her opinion and integrity and done it to day 3 of a foe where she was narrowly separated in a head-to-head foe in Nissan Juke RS NISMO cars.

Meanwhile Kanokphan Wathanakitanan, 46 from Thailand, was unchanging via a foe and done it all a approach to yesterday’s final eliminator before losing out.






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