An incredible 1.3 million players strapped themselves into Gran Turismo 6’s recent demo, which also doubled as part of the qualifying process for this year’s GT Academy competition. With the time trials all wrapped up, those budding speedsters that topped the leaderboards will now be drifting into the regional finals, where they’ll burn rubber for a chance to win a place in Nissan’s real-life racing team.

If you haven’t quite honed your virtual driving chops yet, you can look forward to the full game parking on your PlayStation 3 later this year. The demo will remain available until the end of August, so feel free to keep shaving seconds off your best lap times in preparation for the proper release.

[via joystiq.com]