Gran Turismo 6 versus the real world
Can our crack Playstation gamer beat GT Academy's finest round a dark Brands Hatch?
Posted: 28 Nov 2013
The race proper. Krisztian, we decide, will do the first 45-minute stint and I'll take the car to the finish. Out in the real world, the field roars past our garage on full-throttle, and Krisztian heads off on a most serious test of our Gran Turismo skills. Not wanting to hover over my team-mate's shoulder, I head out back to watch the real cars fight it out. On track, the Academy cars are pulling away slightly from the field, but they're yet to get into backmarker traffic. Krisztian's doing well in the garage. Our strategy is pure consistency. Aim for 0:55 laps and keep it tight.
Within what feels like a minute, the real-world cars are coming in to pit. I'm up. Krisztian pulls into the virtual pit lane and pauses. Our driver change is a touch more leisurely than the frenzy of refuelling and last-second checks going on behind us. I settle into the seat and am counted down. As the game channels me out of the virtual pitlane, it's my turn to put in 45 minutes of professional-standard laps.