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.