Polyphony Digital has announced that the 2023 Gran Turismo World Final will take place in Barcelona, marking the first time the season-ending event has been held outside of Monaco.
It’ll be the second time that Spain has hosted a Gran Turismo championship event, following the 2018 European Regional final, although it’s a country with some slightly older Gran Turismo heritage as well.
The town of Ronda, in Spain’s Andalusia region, was the venue for the launch of Gran Turismo 6 back in 2013, and to mark the occasion the local authority renamed a street in honor of GT series creator Kazunori Yamauchi.
Ronda also hosted a photo travel location and the nearby man-made lake at Zahara de la Sierra was the centerpiece of a long original circuit — Circuito de la Sierra — which had an unusual checkpoint time-trial mode.
Of course the current Gran Turismo World Series Nations Cup champion, Coque Lopez, is also a Spanish native, so it may be a first chance for a GT champion to defend their title on home soil as he’s part of Team Spain in the new-look event.
At the moment it’s not clear where in Barcelona the finals will be held, with the several candidate venues including the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, or if it’s open to spectators as is the case with this weekend’s Showdown in Amsterdam.
However we do know that the event will run from Friday December 1 through to Sunday December 3 and encompass the final of the Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup.
We’ll bring you more information as we get it.
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