Sony Associate Product Manager Ken Chan has announced that GT Academy 2012 fans can get get PS3 tips from the US Champion today!

To quote: Attention GT Academy competitors: we are now in the third week of the 2012 season, and the competition is heating up.

Since May 1st, nearly 600,000 competitors have driven more than 51,000 miles and reattempted 52,000 times for their chance to become this year's GT Academy Champion.

As you may already know, Round 3 and 4 became available this week - offering faster and more advanced technical driving challenges to prepare you for the final eighth round starting in June.

To give you a leg up on the competition, TwitchTV will be doing a live webcast with the first US GT Academy Champion Bryan Heitkotter today at 6pm Pacific Time.

Be sure not to miss this as Bryan will be providing some inside tips for each of the round challenges and his predictions for this year's winner.

Here's a quick reminder for each of the challenges from Round 1-4:

Round 1: Nissan Leaf (Current Leaderboards)

• Simple Right-Hand Corner
• Simple Left-Hand Corner
• Simple Series of Corners
• Series of Blind Corners
• Driving with Opponents

Round 2: Nissan Silvia Spec-R Aero (Current Leaderboards)

• Long Banked Corner
• Hard Braking Before a Corner
• Series of Corners on the Rome City Course
• S Curves 1
• High-Speed Approach to a Series of Corners

Round 3: Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II (Current Leaderboards)

• Rotary Corner in the Madrid City Course
• S Curve at Suzuka Circuit
• Continuous Corners and Elevation Changes
• Variations of Corners
• Maintaining Stability in High-Speed Sections

Round 4: Nissan 370Z (GT Academy) '08 (Current Leaderboards)

• The Nurburgring's "Kallenhard" Section
• Low Speed 'S' Curve with Changing Radius
• 'S' Curves 2
• Suzuka Circuit's "Spoon Curve"
• The "Variante Ascari" and "Parabolica" at Monza

Remember, in case you haven't started, GT Academy 2012 is available as a free downloadable through the PlayStation Store until the end of the competition on June 24th. See if you have what it takes to become the next GT Academy Champion!

More information on GT Academy is available through the official site and our Facebook page.

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