While iRacing, the F1 Game and rFactor 2 communities are booming during this new age of lockdown, also brimming with activity and in an entirely different universe of virtual racing, with the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships 2020 Series going live the community on 25th April, when the first of three Stages went live.
Exactly what is the Gran Turismo Championships 2020 Series? This is what the FIA have to say about it:
The first Digital Motor Sport competition sanctioned by the FIA has entered its third season of existence in 2020, with the Invitational World Tour live event of Sydney (15th-16th February) and now it’s time for the Online Series (30 rounds) to get started!
Beginning in 2018, the Championships have seen success in the last few years working to shift gears and perceptions of Digital Motor Sport, encouraging supporters, manufacturers, real-world racers, media and FIA experts to consider them as a turning point in the future of motorsport.
For the current new season, the FIA Gran Turismo Championships are split into three Stages each consisting of 10 Rounds or race evenings. The Championships are also split into five Regions across the globe: EMEA; Asia; North America; Central & South America; and Oceania.
Eligible players who wish to join the competition must complete the GT Sport Mode registration form which is available via the ‘Sport Mode’ within the game. After selecting to race in either the ‘Nations Cup’ or ‘Manufacturer Series’ Championship, or both, they will need to register for and compete in online races which take place on given dates and times.
Scores are tallied at the end of each Stage by totaling the points earned in their best races from all previous Rounds which will determine their position in the overall ranking.
During each Stage, the top-ranked players will be invited to compete against each other in their own Top 16 Superstars races.
All of the Top 16 Superstars races will be broadcast on the official Gran Turismo YouTube channel with the first broadcast of the EMEA and Asia Regions set to take place on Sunday, 3 May 2020, and can be seen in North America; Central & South America; and Oceania on 4th May 2020.
All information on the new season and how to watch the streams can be found here: https://www.gran-turismo.com/world/gtsport/top/