A live event in Amsterdam and a team-based Nations Cup competition are the two major headline changes in the Gran Turismo World Series, which begins 13 May.
Since 2018, Gran Turismo‘s official championships have been held with two sets of series, the Manufacturers Cup and Nations Cup. The latter has been structured as a competition for individuals. The victors so far have been Igor Fraga, Mikail Hizal, Takuma Miyazono, Valerio Gallo and last year Coque López in controversial circumstances.
New for this year, though, the Nations Cup will transition to be a lot more like the Manufacturers Cup. There will be seven online rounds for both series, a World Series Showdown live event and then the World Finals in Monaco once again.
In all the online rounds, the top ranked players will compete individually. In the Nations Cup for their country and the Manufacturers Cup for their chosen brand, the same as what the drivers have done in the Manufacturers Cup for the last few years.
The points scored after all seven Nations Cup rounds from 13 May-3 June and all seven Manufacturers Cup rounds from 7 June-7 July will contribute to their brand of country’s total score. The top twelve brands/countries after the online rounds will qualify for the World Series Showdown.
In terms of distribution of countries that will qualify, there will be: five from EMEA, two from North America, two from Central/South America, two from Asia and one from Oceania. With three drivers per entry, that makes 36 Nations Cup players who will travel to Amsterdam for 11-12 August.
The Manufacturers Cup will feature series partner brands Mazda, Genesis and Toyota as well as the best nine points scoring teams. Each brand’s best ranked driver from the Americas, Asia-Oceania and EMEA will be eligible to compete in the Showdown.
As mentioned above, the players will be gathering in Amsterdam. This is the first time that the series has visited the Netherlands, with the Showdown last year having been held at the Red Bull Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria.
How To Follow the Gran Turismo World Series 2023
All rounds will be broadcast on the Gran Turismo YouTube channel as well as the PlayStation YouTube and Twitch channels. Players with a driver rating of A or better are eligible to qualify for the live events, look for details on your copy of Gran Turismo 7 to find out more.
The season schedule is as follows:
Nations Cup Rd 1 – 13 May
Nations Cup Rd 2 – 17 May
Nations Cup Rd 3 – 20 May
Nations Cup Rd 4 – 24 May
Nations Cup Rd 5 – 27 May
Nations Cup Rd 6 – 31 May
Nations Cup Rd 7 – 3 June
Manufacturers Cup Rd 1 – 7 June
Manufacturers Cup Rd 2 – 10 June
Manufacturers Cup Rd 3 – 14 June
Manufacturers Cup Rd 4 – 17 June
Manufacturers Cup Rd 5 – 21 June
Manufacturers Cup Rd 6 – 28 June
Manufacturers Cup Rd 7 – 7 July
World Series Showdown (Amsterdam) – 11-12 August
World Finals (Monaco) – 2-3 December
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