World Gaming is kicking off the new year with a special Gran Turismo Sport competition for Canadian gamers, and it’s all about Porsche.
The racing gets underway January 13, and there’s quite a lot up for grabs. First place earns a cool $8,000, plus an all-expense-paid trip to the Grand Prix of Long Beach this coming April. Oh, and that huge carbon fiber wing on the back of the 911 RSR? That’ll be yours, too.
Pfaff, Canadian purveyor of fine automobiles — including not only Porsche, but also McLaren, Pagani, and Singer — is the title sponsor for the event. The company recently announced it will be fielding a two-car team in the Pirelli World Challenge this year.
Three stages comprise the competition, and it all wraps up in front of a live audience at the end of February. We’ve got all the details below.
As World Gaming is sponsoring the event, the first thing you’ll need is an account. You can register here.
For the first part of the competition, players will be running time trials in GT Sport. This will use the game’s Circuit Experience section, specifically the 1-Lap Attack options. The schedule is below:
- January 13–17: Blue Moon Bay Speedway (Ford Mustang Gr.3)
- January 19–23: Dragon Trail – Seaside (Jaguar F-Type Gr.3)
- January 25–29: Autodromo Lago Maggiore GP (Alfa Romeo 4C Gr.3)
- January 31–February 4: Tokyo Expressway – East Outer Loop (BMW Z4 GT3)
Players will need to save their replays and upload them to YouTube for qualifying (full details here). Using the Circuit Experience part of the game — which is great for advancing your GT Sport stats, by the way — means an even playing field. There’s no tuning here; it’s all about your driving talent.
At each of the four events, the top ten fastest Canucks will advance to the next stage.
With 40 players making their way through the first round, they’ll then be split into four different heats on February 11 for a series of online races. Stage two will slow things down a bit, as it will exclusively use the Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
Each heat will run multiple tracks, and players will receive points based on their finishing positions. At the end, the fastest four from each heat (sixteen total) will get ready for the finale.
The fastest 16 players from across the nation will converge on the appropriately-named Cineplex Colossus Cinemas in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. The speed is ratcheted back up too, with the Porsche 911 RSR featuring in the finale. It only seems fair, since the podium prizes are parts of the race car.
Here, they’ll follow a similar structure to the last stage, with two eight-player heats taking place first. When the dust settles, the fastest four from each heat will advance to the final series of races. The player with the most points at the end of this series will be crowned the Pfaff GT Sport Canadian Champion.
Stage Three takes place on February 25. Folks hoping to watch it can tune into the World Gaming Twitch channel, while a select amount of tickets will be available for the locals. Once they’re available, you’ll be able to find them on the official site for the event. Good luck to all participants!