After becoming the first global one-make esport racing championship in 2019, GT Sport‘s GR Supra GT Cup is returning for 2020.
The tournament, first revealed by the Supra’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada at the 2019 Paris World Tour event, puts players in the driving seat of one of the most-talked about cars of 2019: Toyota’s GR Supra. Players participate in a number of online events across the year, to qualify for a final live event at the end of the season. There, one driver will become the GR Supra GT Cup champion.
For 2019, that champion was Mikail Hizal. In a live event held at the Tokyo Mega Web venue for the Tokyo World Tour, Hizal came out on top with a victory that would foreshadow his world title a month later.
The 2020 event will take place over a similar schedule, with seven online qualifying rounds between April and September leading up to the live event. That’s penciled in for November, but at an as-yet unannounced venue. Given the timing, it seems likely that it will pair up with the GT Sport World Final.
For 2020, the rounds and dates are as follows:
- Round 1 – April 26 – Fuji Speedway
- Round 2 – May 17 – Nurburgring 24h
- Round 3 – June 7 – Circuit de la Sarthe
- Round 4 – June 21 – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
- Round 5 – July 5 – Autodromo de Interlagos
- Round 6 – July 19 – Tokyo Expressway South Inner Loop
- Round 7 – August 16 – Mount Panorama
The precise format is unknown for now, however players only have one opportunity at each race. This takes place at 1800 JST for Asia, 1600 AEST for Oceania, 1500 UTC for Europe, 1800 BRT for South and Central America, and 1700 EDT for North America.
Toyota Gazoo Racing, which organizes the event, has also revealed that last year’s competition say around 30,000 racers, with 800,000 people buying the GR Supra road car in the game. In addition, 120,000 people took part in a post-event survey, which awarded an exclusive GT4 version of the car to participants, that TGR will use to guide development of the GR Supra through subsequent model years.