The Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup will return for the 2023 season, with seven online rounds held within Gran Turismo 7 and culminating in a live final in November.
It’s the fifth season for the championship, initially staged as the GR Supra Cup and held as a one-make race for the then-new sports car before evolving into the wider Toyota tournament of the past two seasons.
2023 once again will feature a range of Toyota cars, largely under the Gazoo Racing umbrella, but also feature two other brands with which Toyota has a manufacturing partnership.
The full, eight-round schedule, with seven online races taking place on Sundays across the spring and summer, with several available slots each round, is as follows:
- Round 1 – April 30 – Toyota Corolla/Sprinter (AE86) – Fuji
- Round 2 – May 14 – Toyota GR Yaris – Sardegna Road B
- Round 3 – June 4 – Toyota GR010 – 24h du Mans
- Round 4 – June 25 – Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ – Autopolis
- Round 5 – July 16 – Toyota 86GT/Supra (Gr.4) – Nurburgring Sprint
- Round 6 – August 6 – Mazda RX-Vision/Subaru BRZ/Toyota Supra (Gr.3) – Grand Valley
- Round 7 – August 27 – Toyota GR Corolla – Road Atlanta
- Final – November 30 – GT World Series Final in Barcelona
Naturally the two rounds that will catch fans’ eyes are the final two. The absence of any information for the final online round strongly suggests it will involve some content yet to be delivered to the game — perhaps the Toyota-engined variant of the Super Formula Dallara SF23, or another as-yet unannounced car.
November’s live final also suggests an approximate timeframe for the grand final for the 2023 Gran Turismo World Series, traditionally held in Monaco towards the end of November. Update: This is now confirmed as November 30 in Barcelona.
There’s a procedural change for 2023 also, which sees the league bracketing system of the World Series implemented. Players with a Driver Rating of A or better will enter the GT1 League, where the most points will be available, with DR B drivers in GT2 League and DR C and lower drivers in GT3 League.
It’s not stated if players will be locked into these leagues from the moment they enter the championship, but if you have designs on attending the final we’d recommend you get your Driver Racing up before you click the green tick in-game.
Once again there’ll be 24 finalists, with the top players selected by the highest points score in their best four rounds. There’ll be nine players from the EMEA region, four from Asia, three each from North and Central/South America, and two from Oceania. The final three will come from a special TGR competition held only in Asia.
However you don’t need to attend the live final to be rewarded. All players who enter the event will receive a Toyota GR010 in-game, with a special livery to mark the competition’s fifth season. As of update 1.36, anyone who has entered any round of the championship will also receive a Toyota GR Corolla as an in-game gift ahead of its Brand Central availability in September.
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