Gran Turismo World Finals 2023 to be Held in Barcelona

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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