Sony has revealed that over one million gamers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand have downloaded the GT Academy Time Trial since launch on 17th December.

Effectively a demo for Gran Turismo 5, this offers one course and one car, and challenges PS3 owners to record their best time either as an average lap time or one-off lap.

The best 20 drivers from each territory will go through to a live national event. The 19 winners will then compete in real cars on a real Silverstone course for a real race-driving contract.

The competition closes on 24th January, so there's still time to take part.

Head to the Digital Foundry blog on Eurogamer for an extensive technical analysis of the GT5 demo.

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