Polyphony Digital has announced that its flagship FIA Gran Turismo Championships series will return for another season in 2021.
The announcement confirms that the championship will continue into its fourth full season, giving a further opportunity for players to represent both their country and their favorite car manufacturers across a season of online racing.
As with many other series, 2020 was a chaotic time for the Gran Turismo event. Of the six planned live events — five “World Tour” stages and the World Final itself — only one was able to take place. The World Tour Sydney, right back in February 2020, took place before the planet started to shut down. It proved a good litmus test though, as the Sydney winner, Takuma Miyazono, went on to take the world title last month.
With live events impossible, the series switched to an exclusively online event. Rather than qualifying for World Tours via online races, players’ online performances served as qualifiers for three regional finals to determine the World Final lineup.
For now we don’t know if the 2021 event will revert to the 2018-2019 format, or retain the online-only state of affairs as seen in 2020. The full announcement is on the brief side, as you can see below:
We are pleased to announce the “FIA Gran Turismo Championships” Series for 2021. The race schedules and event details will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, hone your skills in the “Daily Races,” which are available for play now.
We hope you continue to enjoy Gran Turismo Sport!
We’re yet to learn any dates for further races in the FIA events. The current Exhibition Series, which officially has no particular standing other than conferring “S” rank status on top players for any subsequent season, finished just yesterday, so for now players have a break.
However we expect that to change in due course, along with any announcements on format changes for the 2021 season. Keep watching this space!
Featured image courtesy of Stephan.