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So...Is there any info on who's going to the final and/or what the criteria is to get there? I'm finding this a little confusing to follow sometimes.
They weren't. You're confusing an exhibition race with the actual event.Could someone recap the situation regarding Daihatsu and Suzuki somehow being in the Manufacturers Series, and using the Toyota VGT Gr.3 for an event? How can either of those be involved at all - let alone qualify - if they don't have the respective Gr.4 and Gr.3 vehicles to begin with?
That was the Pro-Am race.I see. In that case, I'm still curious. I thought the exhibition race was the Pro-Am race, with the Jaguar VGTs at Tokyo East?
Is there any info on who's going to the final and/or what the criteria is to get there? I'm finding this a little confusing to follow sometimes.
Was also surprised that Toyota wasn't more involved in the Supra Cup final. It just felt like a generic WT event.
Hopefully PD adds a few more one make series' next year (although not that excited at the idea of a Taycan cup tbh). I'm not expecting everything to be worthy of a WT trip, but would be nice to see a little more variety.
I have a slightly overkill in-depth listSo...
There'll be 36 drivers for the Nations Cup. These will be:
Europe - 16
Asia - 6
North America - 5
Central/South America - 5
Oceania - 4
They will be selected by their rankings in the 2019 online championship (best 10 races). However there can only be a maximum of three competitors from any one country.
If you look at the final Asia rankings right now you'll see this:
1 Akagi_1942mi - JPN
2 Kerokkuma_ej20 - JPN
3 blackbeauty-79 - JPN
4 yamado_racing38 - JPN
5 gilles_honda_v12 - JPN
6 SG_Kawakana - JPN
The top six are all Japanese, but there's a national limit of three. That means that 4th, 5th and 6th aren't eligible. So we need to look down the order to find three more drivers who are not Japanese...
7 Gori_R4ichi - JPN
8 yukiku - JPN
9 CAR_Saika - HK
10 s-shohei_ - JPN
11 KarS_0627 - HK
12 Gmotor_SBen - TAI
Thus qualifying from Asia are
Akagi_1942mi (Ryota Kokubun)
Kerokkuma_ej20 (Takuma Miyazono)
blackbeauty-79 (Tatsuya Sugawara)
CAR_Saika (Jonathon Wong)
KarS_0627 (Kin Long Li)
Gmotor_SBen (Yi-Teng Chou)
You can do the same for the other territories too. There's also four drivers who qualify automatically through winning World Tour events regardless of their ranking. They're Ryota Kokubun (Asia #1), Mikail Hizal (Europe #1), Nico Rubilar (South America #1) and Igor Fraga (South America #19).
It's about to be 5am (French Time), and I felt it was the absolute ideal time to make a debriefing from Tokyo's World Tour. Careful, it might be boring to read, and I'll write it as it comes.
First of all, I never thought I'd get qualified to a live event after Paris' one, back in March. But things went better than expected and one race decided of the end of my season. With that in mind, I take every live event as a "bonus round" where I have nothing to lose.
Anyway, off to Tokyo I went, and first jetlag I've had to handle. It was pretty bad, couldn't find sleep in the plane and went for a more or less 30h without sleeping, including some filming with the Jaguar Team around Tokyo. I was litteraly falling asleep every seconds I could in the trains/subways with the filming crew, but tried to deliver the best I could when the cameras were on despite being a zombie.
For the races, considering the Overall quali (Maggiore GP II), we were hopeless to be in the Top 6 and we were right to think so since we qualified P11 and even with our optimal time, we wouldn't be higher. It is a shame when Bathust is one of the strongest tracks for Jaguar and was where the Top 6 quali were. We even did P2 during the Free Practice on it!
Anyway, starting P11 on Bathurst, we were hopefull for some drama on track and getting positions with our high top speed. Sadly, we were caught in the mayhem on Lap 3 and lost 10s in the process. That costed a shot for P4 at the end of the race, and we finished P7. On a personal side, I'm pretty happy of my stint with the mediums, climbing 2 positions and being not too far from my home's pace.
Then comes Maggiore GP II, and... Nothing to see here pretty much, started P7, finished P8 and despite giving our all, we had a 1.2s per lap gap compared to the best cars so it was just a matter of surviving and putting the laps together. I was shocked but not surprised to see the Alfa catching 3 tenths in the esses alone.
Got to say that @HellzFire & Kenny did an awesome job. No mistake from our end and that give us more confidence for the World Finals. We can just hope for the Gr.4 category to come back & tracks which suit us! And why not a 3rd race to balance the double points for the Grand Final.
Aside racing, being able to travel to Japan was such a dream come true. Everything is so different compared to what I am used to, and having the opportunity to be in the heart of GT is priceless. Surely another trip I will never forget.
Now, time to catch some sleep again.
See this screenshot:
The track itself and the kerb (track limit) are to the left of the red sausage kerb in the middle. Both cars are to the right of that kerb.
Carrazza made the dive, runs Kokubun off road, runs off track himself, at which point Akagi cuts the corner even further (entitled to do at that point) and wins.
In any standard FIA GT race, there would be two penalties given, one for running another car off track (5 seconds), and another for ignoring track limits (0.5 seconds). But here there were no penalties and he kept P2.
It might have made for good viewing, but Carrazza was never making that chicane at that speed.