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An official GT Sport Championship is revving up for NZ gamers

17 Nov 2017

It's not often big gaming tournaments are open to NZ gamers, but a new one has been announced. If you want to take part, you might want to practice your skills in Gran Turismo Sport. 

PlayStation NZ and LPL have announced today the official GT Sport NZ Championship. The finals will feature the eight best racers in the country. You can win a prize pool worth $10,000 including cash, the PlayStation VR and GT Sport PS4 Pro bundles.

Physical qualifiers are to take place at Sky City's Welcome Room on November 25th between 9am and 3pm. Eight race simulators will be set up and the fastest six will go on to the grand finale. The six racers are chosen according to their fastest lap times. 

In terms of the other two finalists, they will be determined online. If you own a copy of Gran Turismo Sport, you can try your best for the fastest time in order to join the finalists. The online qualifying starts from November 17th until November 29th. 

If you make it past the qualifying rounds, the epic grand finale takes place on December 5th. It will be held at the SKYCITY Theatre in Auckland. 

The GT Sport NZ Championship will require racers to do 25 laps on the Mount Panorama track. Obviously, you need to be really good at driving in order to compete with the best racers in the country. 

“We are very excited to be partnering with LPL for what is going to be an amazing event” said Krister Robinson, Head of Marketing, PlayStation NZ. “The Gran Turismo franchise has always been extremely popular in New Zealand and we can’t wait to see Kiwis show their skills on the big stage.”

Duane Mutu, Director at LPL, says this is another exciting opportunity for Kiwi gamers. “We have had a huge year with a range of different games for people to compete in so it was only fitting we branched out to a racing title,” Mutu says. “It will be awesome to see who can tear this game up. We are expecting another big turnout for this one.”

For more information about this tournament, visit You have to be over the age of 16 in order to compete in it. More details can also be seen in the video posted down below.

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