A couple of weeks ago Sony announced that the GT Academy would be returning this year. From 5PM BST today players will be able to participate in the competition.
The GT Academy content will be available from the store and will not require Gran Turismo 5 to use. This content is for stage one of the qualification event, this being online qualification. There will be a total of eight online events with a new one appearing every fortnight.
Each round will hold five different challenges that the player will need to pass in order to advance to the next one. Round 8 is the final round and those who rank in the top 16 of this round will have a chance to attend the National Final, which takes place in July.
Those who get gold rankings in the challenges will also unlock the cars used in Gran Turismo 5.
Source: PS Blog.