WATCH: From postie to worldwide race car driver
PLAYING video games has led Brisbane's Matt Simmons to world of opportunity.
The 27-year-old former courier driver successfully graduated from the 2015 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy, Simmons is now a full-time GT3 race car driver.
Since landing the gig, he has driven some of the world's greatest tracks and is competing in the Blancpain Endurance Series piloting a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
Simmons and the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN return for fifth and final round of the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup at the Nurburgring in Germany on September 17-18.
He became the first Australian GT Academy winner when he won the International Race Camp at the Silverstone circuit in August last year. From there, he was based in the United Kingdom for three months undertaking the intensive Nissan Driver Development Program (DDP).
The progress, skill and dedication shown by Simmons throughout the program has led to Nissan and NISMO to commit to Simmons' 2016 program early.
"I can't believe how much my life has changed since winning at GT Academy Race Camp in August," said Simmons.
"I've always dreamed of being a racing driver, even racing a Nissan GT-R, but nothing could have prepared me for that moment when I was told I'd be racing a GT-R NISMO GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series."
"Eighteen months ago I was driving an Australia Post courier van in Brisbane. Even then, I knew my only chance of achieving my racing dream was via GT Academy, so I gave it everything I had."