It’s all been building to this. After Friday’s semi-finals and repechage races, and Saturday’s hugely entertaining Manufacturer Series final, the top 16 GT Sport drivers are racing for the title of Nations Cup champion.
We’re here in gorgeous Monaco to watch it all unfold. If the previous nights are any indication, fans are set for another exciting two hours of racing.
While 30 drivers qualified for the inaugural GT Sport FIA-certified World Final, just over half remain. Friday’s elimination rounds were tough, but we’ve got the cream of the cream of the crop here. That’s no typo.
The 16 drivers hail from 11 different countries on 5 continents, “World Final” certainly applies. At this level it’s nearly impossible to predict the outcome, so we’re not even to try. Igor Fraga, Mikail Hizal, and Ryota Kokubun all are regional champs, and while their Nissan squad struggled in yesterday’s Manufacturer Series race, they remain strongly favored heading into this evening.
- Sunday, November 18 – Nations Cup (Final): 17:00 UTC (convert to your local time)
If you’ve watched previous Nations Cup regional finals, you’ll have a rough idea of today’s schedule. The biggest change is an additional race, with three regular-point sprints before a longer, double-points affair.
Sunday – World Final
Up first today is an N500 race at a new mysterious track. What could it be? We’ve seen it in action: be prepared for a new layout of Tokyo Expressway, designated the South loop. There may also be a new car or two in the mix here.
One new wrinkle is that the drivers won’t be qualifying on Tokyo. Their initial qualifying result from Wednesday in the X2014 at La Sarthe not only determined the starting lineups of Friday’s races, but the first of today as well.
From Tokyo however, today’s finishing orders will determine the subsequent grids. The drivers will move up to the familiar Gr.3 class for the second race, at Brazil’s Interlagos circuit. From there, the speed picks up again to Gr.1 at the chicane-less Monza layout.
Finally, a double-points race brings it all full circle, with the drivers returning to the tricky Red Bull X2014 at La Sarthe.
That’s the English-language stream just above. As usual, Polyphony is offering live streams in six other languages as well:
- French Commentary
- German Commentary
- Italian Commentary
- Spanish Commentary
- Portugese Commentary
- Japanese Commentary
Best of luck to all the competitors!