Gran Turismo Sport turns three this year. But its full-throttle esports scene is still totes fresh. Plus, the FIA Certified (read: IRL motorsports maestros) Gran Turismo Championships cruised across the ocean to Australia for the very first time. Plus, Sunny Sydney was the first pit stop of the 2020 World Tour!
50 Gran Turismo racers sped through the 2 championships that are part of the Gran Turismo World Tour event of 2020. That breaks down into 12 teams of 3 racers from different racing nations sharing a single speeder for the Manufacturer Series. Plus, 24 solo racers compete for individual glory in the Nations Cup. The Nations Cup final had 12 racers from 9 countries zipping through 30 laps.
For the Nations Cup solo-speedster final, everyone raced in the same totes fake, supes fast digitally designed Red Bull X2019 Competition cars! Speaking of cars, GT Sport now has new rad rides tearing up the track. The pocket-rocket Fiat 500 1.2 8V Lounge SS ’08. The super-sleek Nissan 180SX Type X ’96. And the speed-hungry Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 ’10.
Normally, the Oceania region (Australia + New Zealand = Oceania) is only allowed two drivers at a tourney. But as the hostest-with-the-mostest nation, we were totes allowed to stack the racing grid with four! And two awesome Aussie motorists zipped to the Nations Cup final at the Feb Syd event.
Even with the odds revving in Aussie favour, Aussie racer Cody Nikola Latkovski missed out on the pole position. Narrowly. The number-one spot was nabbed by Japan’s Takuma Miyazono. He dashed to victory with an impressive race time of 41 minutes, 34 seconds and 986 milliseconds. Wait. Why do they count milliseconds? Well, coz Cody was only a whisker behind Miyazono. Just 29 milliseconds!
When the end of the racing season speeds around, the bestest Gran Turismo Sport drivers get to go to the FIA Prize-Giving Gala. But, uh, what’s that all about? It’s a big-deal awards ceremony for IRL motorsports champions. And the Gran Turismo Championship racers get to share the awards podium (and glory) with their real-life racer heroes!
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