This weekend sees the last of the GT Sport World Tour live events before November’s big final in Monaco. In just a couple of days, we’ll know who the final automatic qualifier is, as 24 drivers scrap for one last spot. There’s also the small matter of the Manufacturer Series, and the final of the GR Supra GT Cup, all packed into two days right in the middle of the Tokyo Motor Show.
It’s almost time for the last of the Gran Turismo FIA GT Championship World Tour events before the big final in Monaco. We seem to have rattled through them in recent weeks, with New York and Salzburg in quick succession, leading up to the last event this weekend in Tokyo.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on Gran Turismo Twitter today, you’ll have spotted something rather unusual. A Tweet posted by racing driver Teruaki Kato showing the GT Sport World Tour stage build at the Toyota Mega Web venue has revealed a very unexpected equipment change.
Heading in to Gran Turismo’s New York World Tour event, Cody Nikola Latkovski was the talk of the town. After an incredibly strong performance at the Nurburgring — where he finished second in both the Manufacturers Series and Nations Cup — everyone expected this would finally be Cody’s time to shine.
The Fraga/Hizal controversy was the main headline to come out of the Gran Turismo World Tour event in New York, but there were plenty of other great stories, too. The latest chapter in Coque Lopez’s 2019 season is one of them.
The latest Gran Turismo World Tour event in New York City exploded in controversy after the Nations Cup final. The drama began after reigning champion Igor Fraga defended against an attack by Mikail Hizal with a contentious move, lifting off the throttle just as the pair passed over Eau Rouge and up Spa Francorchamp’s famous Radillion.
Brazil’s Igor Fraga has taken his second successive World Tour Nations Cup victory, after a highly controversial final race in New York. Fraga won the race by just over five seconds from Germany’s Mikail Hizal, but that margin was rendered much smaller thanks to a post-race penalty for the world champion.
For the first time since the FIA GT Championship EMEA Regional Finals in Madrid last year — which I personally declared the “best Gran Turismo event, ever” — Polyphony Digital is extending an open invitation for the public to attend its next major Gran Turismo competition.
There was a lot to digest from Gran Turismo’s most recent World Tour event at the Nurburgring. It had close, unpredictable racing, it revealed some tantalizing new content for GT Sport, and put the race stewards squarely in the spotlight of controversy. In the end, it wrote a memorable chapter in the 2019 season of the FIA-certified Gran Turismo Championship.
We’re all coming down from the excitement of the most recent GT Sport World Tour events. Watching both finals come down to last-corner decision was pretty heart-stopping stuff, and top quality entertainment of the kind that the same weekend’s French Grand Prix resoundingly failed to deliver.