Gran Turismo 7’s World Series Competition Returns With Four In-Person Events

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The Gran Turismo World Series will visit Montreal, Prague, Tokyo and a fourth top-secret venue for the World Finals across 2024 to determine the world’s quickest GT7 drivers.

The pinnacle competition for Gran Turismo 7 drivers, the World Series, has confirmed its plans for the year ahead – and it will see a return to an in-person event emphasis.

The championship, which is open to all with a copy of the game on either PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, is split into two titles – the Nations Cup and the Manufacturers Cup.

Both have been running since 2018, although the Covid pandemic witnessed them go fully remote. Bit by bit, further LAN gatherings have re-appeared – in 2023, events were held in Amsterdam and Barcelona.

But in 2024, the series will visit Montreal, Prague, Tokyo and an undisclosed location for the title-deciding World Finals.

2024 Season Starts This Month​

It all kicks off with online qualifiers in-game, starting 17th April for the Nations Cup and 8th May for the Manufacturers Cup.

After six remove rounds for each of the two competitions, the world’s best drivers then progress into the global events, traversing the world to compete in person.

These are the four ‘main’ rounds, with results from each paying points that count towards the final standings.

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Nations Cup Format Change​

Every season, apart from 2023, the Nations Cup has been a solo event – meaning only one driver, representing their home nation, can win.

Therefore, it is often seen as the unofficial crowning of the world’s best Gran Turismo driver each year.

Last year it was a team-based format, with three drivers per entry and driver-swapping races. This season this reverts to the original format, once again crowning a single driver, while the Manufacturers Cup sticks with team collaboration.

Speaking of which, for this competition that showcases car companies, each manufacturer will be represented by its highest-ranked driver from the region where the live event is hosted (Americas, Europe and Asia). Then, for the World Finals, those three drivers will compete together as a team.

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Live Broadcasts​

The four in-person events will, as ever, be broadcast live online and in multiple languages. Recently, there have been in-game incentives to watch along and even rewards for correctly guessing the winners.

The World Finals have historically been a place to unveil or announce new content for Gran Turismo 7, with the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo showcased in Monaco 2022 and both the Bulgari and Genesis VGTs at Barcelona 2023.

Last time out, Spain won the Nations Cup in front of a home crowd, while Nissan won the Manufacturers Cup.

Gran Turismo World Series 2024 calendar​

Nations Cup​

  • Online Qualifier Round 1 – 17th April
  • Online Qualifier Round 2 – 20th April
  • Online Qualifier Round 3 – 24th April
  • Online Qualifier Round 4 – 27th April
  • Online Qualifier Round 5 – 1st May
  • Online Qualifier Round 6 – 4th May
  • World Series Round 1, Montreal – 6th July
  • World Series Round 2, Prague – 10th August
  • World Series Round 3, Tokyo – 28th September
  • World Finals – TBA

Manufactures Cup​

  • Online Qualifier Round 1 – 8th May
  • Online Qualifier Round 1 – 11th May
  • Online Qualifier Round 1 – 15th May
  • Online Qualifier Round 1 – 18th May
  • Online Qualifier Round 1 – 22nd May
  • Online Qualifier Round 1 – 25th May
  • World Series Round 1, Montreal – 6th July
  • World Series Round 2, Prague – 10th August
  • World Series Round 3, Tokyo – 28th September
  • World Finals – TBA
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A freelance sim racing, motorsport and automotive journalist. Credits include Autosport Magazine, Motorsport.com, RaceDepartment, OverTake, Traxion and TheSixthAxis.

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Much more like it! Hope Angel Inostroza can win the Nations Cup, and if not him then Kylian Drumont.
 
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in 2024, the series will visit Montreal, Prague, Tokyo and an as-yet-disclosed location for the title-deciding World Finals.

*as-yet-undisclosed, perhaps?

But according to GT Planet, a leak suggests the finals are going to be held in Abu Dhabi.
 
Not sure about the concept of having a single 6 round season determine four live event berths at once in Nations. Seems like a missed opportunity to have regional finals first, especially given that Manufacturers will have a self contained event for each regional representative.
 
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Not sure about the concept of having a single 6 round season determine four live event berths at once in Nations. Seems like a missed opportunity to have regional finals first, especially given that Manufacturers will have a self contained event for each regional representative.
With you on that. I for one believe there should be two standalone live events with a set of races run beforehand online, then some regional finals before the World Finals.
 

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