JSRA for Gran Turismo today
Mario Smith (left) is assisted by Stephen Stewart (right), president, JSRA, and sim racer Jason Alexander at the JSRA's booth at the recently held AnimeCom Fest 2023. The JSRA will once again have a display today at Carib 5, Cross Roads, for the Gran Turismo movie. (Photo: Rory Daley)

Movie-going patrons will have the ability to test their driving skill as the Jamaica Simulation Racing Association (JSRA) will be setting up a simulation rig display this Friday, August 25, at Carib 5, Cross Roads, for the 5:00 pm showing of Gran Turismo.

"We've been working with Palace Amusement to bring a bit of the movie into real life. This will add an extra dimension to the cinema experience while exposing more people to the genre of sim racing and eSports," Stephen Stewart, president, JSRA, told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Gran Turismo made its local premiere on Wednesday, August 23, and follows the true life story of Jann Mardenborough, who made the leap from virtual racing on the Sony PlayStation racing simulator Gran Turismo to become a professional racing driver after winning the Nissan-sponsored GT Academy reality show. The movie stars David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, and is directed by Neill Blomkamp. It currently has a 4.6 star audience rating online.

"I don't think there could be a more appropriate movie for the JSRA to be a part of and showcase where the possibilities of sim racing, eSports, and being an eAthlete, can take you," said Stewart.

Those planning to take up the driving challenge will do so with top-level equipment as the JSRA's racing simulation rig features Moza Racing gear, for which the association is a dealer.

Stewart added that he will also take the time out to present the prize of movie tickets to the top three Jamaican competitors who took part in an Independence Day-themed sim racing Sprint event recently hosted by the JSRA.

Rory Daley

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