The fourth stage of the 2021 FIA Certified Online Championship, World Series 3, will broadcast today at 1400 UTC.
World Series 3 picks up from where the World Series Showdown left off. The 16 drivers who made it through to the final that day return to contest the next two rounds of the World Series to pick up vital championship points before December’s World Final.
That’s meant some bit surprises. The points leader and number one ranked driver, Patrik Blazsan, was eliminated in the Showdown semi-final and — for the first time in the history of GT Sport‘s live events — won’t take part. Neither will the man who ranked third and who came close to winning the Olympic event, Baptiste Beauvois.
However we do have some big returning names, including Olympic champion Valerio Gallo, defending World Champion Takuma Miyazono, and the first World Champion Igor Fraga. Also in the mix is three-time live event winner Ryota Kokubun, who won last time out in the Showdown.
There’s a number of new names in the mix too. Andrew Lee (Australia), Nicolas Romero (Spain), and Quinten Jehoul (Belgium) all raced in their first live GT Sport event in the Showdown and return for WS3. Notably Jehoul has secured pole position for the event, which will see the 16 drivers racing the Audi R8 LMS at Willow Springs Big Willow.
In addition we’ll see another round of the Manufacturer Series, with the brands that qualified from the online stage taking part.
With the results from the Showdown, it’s Mazda that leads the way and it’ll be Kokubun who again represents the marque in the race at Red Bull Ring. Chasing Mazda down is Toyota, this time with Igor Fraga at the wheel.
Defending champion Subaru had a poor Showdown, but still came away with enough points to sit third in the table and it’ll again be Ryota Kokubun driving for the brand, while Peugeot had a great event and will have Jehoul representing.
The winner of each race will score three World Series points — for themselves in Nations or their brand in Manufacturers — with two points for second and one for third. These will accumulate across the season, right through to December’s World Final.
Today’s stream will start at 1400 UTC on October 3, and you’ll be able to watch it in full below:
Alternate Language Streams
- French language stream
- Italian language stream
- Japanese language stream
- Portuguese language stream
- Spanish language stream
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