24YO Student from Portugal Named 2013 Nissan GT Academy Champion
Ahead of Miguel lies undertake an intensive Driver Development Programme to ready him for a full season's racing in 2014 in a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, which is the stunning GT Academy prize.
The 24 year old has proven himself in a competition with over 765,000 people from across Europe. From the total roster, 42 people were selected and brought to the famous Silverstone track.
"I'm very proud," said a delighted Miguel. "I didn't expect to win this morning. I don't think I was one of the favourites. But I was feeling good with the car and the track and I quite like the rain conditions. I didn't get a good start and I was second. Once I got into the lead it was very difficult to keep it, but I am so happy. This is the start. It is going to be very hard work, but I can't wait to get going. Thanks to Nissan and PlayStation for this opportunity. It is fantastic to be the first Portuguese winner."
"This is the fifth GT Academy and we have come a long way since 2008," said Darren Cox, Nissan's Director of Global Motorsport. "All of the PlayStation gamers have come here better prepared than ever before and the competition is fierce. It is good to see, however, that at its core, GT Academy remains true to its principles. It is growing, developing and gaining credibility each year. It was very satisfying to see how our winner from last year [Wolfgang Reip] was here doing an amazing job as a mentor, showing how much he has grown as both a driver and personality, while our first winner Lucas [Ordoñez] has now mentored our new winner."