The second of this year’s Regional Finals in the 2020 FIA Gran Turismo Online Championships is soon to get underway, with 16 drivers from the Americas fighting for four places in next month’s World Final.
We’ll get to find out this Sunday, November 29, which four drivers will go on to represent the two regions of North America, and Central and South America (CSA). The races have already taken place earlier this month, but the results are still under wraps until the broadcast itself on Sunday.
For the most part, the list of qualified drivers is a pretty familiar one, with all but one driver having previously qualified for a World Tour event. However, this year’s event is online only, and that may change the order somewhat. Canada’s Andrew Brooks, who won both the 2019 and 2020 online events but commonly suffers with some incredible bad luck in the live events, will certainly hope that will prove the case. Angel Inostroza won the online portion in the CSA region, and will also be a strong bet.
However, they have one of the biggest names in GT Sport — and sim racing — to contend with: Igor Fraga. The 2018 World Champion has been a little busy this year, and has come through the Extra Stage Time Trial to earn his qualification spot.
Other qualifiers from the Extra Stage include World Tour veterans Nick McMillen and Mark Pinnell. Guatemala’s Juan Hernandez also qualified through that event, to become his country’s first ever representative at a GT Sport event; he’s no time trial specialist though, coming a solid eighth overall in the CSA region Nations Cup.
In total there’ll be three races on the stream. The racers will start with a Gr.3 at Interlagos, then there’ll be a Gr.B race at Laguna Seca. These are effectively tasters for the final, double-points X2019 showdown at Sardegna Road Track A.
All the action starts at 1700 UTC on November 29 (convert to your time here), and you can watch it in full below:
You can also watch the live stream with commentary in different languages, if you prefer:
- French language stream
- German language stream
- Italian language stream
- Japanese language stream
- Portuguese language stream
- Spanish language stream