This was just the title announcement showing "championships" to communicate the primary focus/theme. We should learn about features present or not in the coming months. I saw normal production road cars, VGTs racing along with cars from completely different classes. "A completely new direction" that isn't "a stopgap" would still be a main iteration on the "Gran Turismo" series. Unless they changed the name to "Grand Tourismo" or "Grumpy Tourists" (making it a new game), it'll inevitably be the 7th Gran Turismo, or a "renamed GT7". And no, a "renamed GT7" does not preclude "a new direction", that is your semantic association to it.