The action at the GT Sport World Tour New York event is nearly upon us. This coming weekend, 36 drivers working in teams will race for their chosen brands in the Manufacturer Series. Then on Sunday, 23 drivers will battle it out for an automatic place in November’s World Final alongside Nico Rubilar and Igor Fraga.
Before the main event kicks off however, there’s a few important details to get through. Firstly, Kazunori Yamauchi will reveal a new partner for the GT Sport FIA Online Championship. As regular viewers will be aware, the flagship event already counted the FIA and timepiece manufacturer TAG Heuer among its partner brands. At the Paris event in 2019, Yamauchi announced that Toyota would be joining as a partner brand too.
The presentation on Friday afternoon will add a fourth brand to that portfolio. At present we don’t know what that brand may be, but a “special guest” will join Yamauchi on-stage to reveal all.
Following that presentation, you’ll be able to see the first ever GT Sport Pro-Am Race. This event will put the game’s professionals — the players who have qualified by right — into teams with members of the media, influencers, and guests of Polyphony Digital, the FIA, and Sony. Each amateur pairs up with a professional driver for the race, and that includes GTPlanet’s founder Jordan Greer in the former category.
This will be the first time that a race involving invited guests gets some airtime, and we can say from experience that they are usually pretty chaotic affairs. With no Sportsmanship Rating to care about, surviving turn one will likely be the key to victory. If nothing else, it should be entertaining to watch.
You can watch the stream below, starting from 1900UTC (convert to your local time here). And good luck, Jordan — if previous media races are anything to go by, you’ll need it!