Sony's announced that the GT Academy competition will begin this year on 17th December.

That may be unremarkable, but on the same day a special demo of Gran Turismo 5 will be released.

That sampler of Polyphony's game offers up a Time Trial platform to qualify for the Academy. Race a Nissan 370Z as fast as you can around a new GT5 circuit before 24th January 2010 to take part.

Head over to the European PlayStation blog for pictures and videos.

Gran Turismo 5 was once penned for release this year but is now expected in March 2010, although no specific date has been announced by Sony Europe.

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