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EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE GT ACADEMY -

GT Academy’s suc­cess makes for a team that crosses con­ti­nents. Miguel Faísca is Por­tuguese, Flo­rian Strauss is Ger­man, Nick McMillen is Amer­i­can, and Stan­sislav Ak­senov was the pro­gramme’s Rus­sian win­ner. Rus­sia has com­par­a­tively lit­tle mo­tor­sport­ing ac­tiv­ity, so go­ing through GT Academy was Ak­senov’s only way in. GT Academy har­nesses the global ap­peal of gam­ing to find talent that tra­di­tional routes would never have ac­cess to. As for their GT set­ups, the driv­ers all pre­fer wheels, favour­ing the Log­itech G27 over Thrust­mas­ter and Fanatec’s mod­ern of­fer­ings, al­though McMillen claims he got through to the US fi­nals us­ing a pad.

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