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FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships 2019 Series Overview

Last Updated: 06/04/2019

1. CHAMPIONSHIPS

The following two championships will be hosted:

FIA GT Championship // Nations Cup
The Nations Cup is a championship where countries and territories will compete for victory. The country (or territory) of a competitor will be automatically assigned based on the information registered on the PSN Online ID used to sign in to the game. There are no restrictions on the country of origin of the cars that will be driven.
FIA GT Championship // Manufacturer Series
The Manufacturer Series is a championship where competitors race as a representative for their favorite make against all other participating manufacturers.
(The details for the Manufacturer Series championship will be announced at a later date.)

2. ELIGIBILITY

Anyone can participate in the Online Series from within the "Sport" mode of GT Sport.

However, the "Star Player Registration Form" and the participation in the World Tours and World Finals will be available only to competitors aged 18 or over at the time of the event.

(In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, competitors must be aged 21 or over on the starting date of the event.)

3. PARTICIPATING REGIONS

The championship will be divided into 5 Regions. "Star Player" registration, participation to the World Tours, and World Finals is limited to the following countries and regions.

North America Central & South America Europe / Middle East / Africa Asia Oceania
Europe / Middle East / Africa
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Lebanon
Kuwait
Holland
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Slovakia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
UK
North America
United States of America (excluding Arizona)
Canada (excluding Quebec)
Central & South America
Mexico
Brazil
Chile
Argentina
Peru
Panama
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Guatemala
El Salvador
Paraguay
Honduras
Uruguay
Colombia
Nicaragua
Asia
Japan
Hong Kong
Taiwan
Singapore
Malaysia
South Korea
Indonesia
Thailand
China
Oceania
Australia
New Zealand

4. 2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2019 Championships will be comprised of the following 3 events:

1Online Series
2World Tours
3World Finals

1Online Series

These races will make up the core of the championships. Anyone can participate in the Online Series from within the "Sport" mode of GT Sport.

Nations Cup Online Series
The Nations Cup Online Series will be held as a year-long competition from March to September.
The Series will be divided into 4 Stages, each made up of 10 Rounds (where 1 Round includes a Qualifying and a Final Race) for a total of 40 Rounds.
By participating in an online race, competitors will be awarded with points based on their race performance. These points will determine competitors' positions in the ranking, which will be updated at the end of every Round.
At the end of each Stage, according to their ranking, competitors may qualify as "Star Players" (see below) and may be selected to participate in World Tours (see below).
Eligibility to participate in the World Finals will be decided based on a combination of each competitors' ranking at the end of the Online Series and their performance at World Tour live events throughout the year.
The ranking is based on an effective points system: at the end of each Stage, the final score will be tallied from the best 1/4 Rounds out of the total for that Stage (with half numbers rounded up).
For example:
- After 10 Rounds (10/4=2.5, rounded up) the best 3 Rounds will be tallied for the final score.
- After 40 Rounds at the end of the 2019 Series, the competitors' best 10 Rounds will be tallied for the final score.
Nations Cup 2019 Series Calendar
Stage 1 Stage 2    
Rd.1March 23, 2019 Rd.11May 1, 2019    
Rd.2March 27, 2019 Rd.12May 4, 2019    
Rd.3March 30, 2019 Rd.13May 8, 2019    
Rd.4April 3, 2019 Rd.14May 11, 2019    
Rd.5April 6, 2019 Rd.15May 15, 2019    
Rd.6April 10, 2019 Rd.16May 18, 2019    
Rd.7April 13, 2019 Rd.17May 22, 2019    
Rd.8April 20, 2019 Rd.18May 25, 2019    
Rd.9April 24, 2019 Rd.19May 29, 2019    
Rd.10April 27, 2019 Rd.20June 1, 2019    
(Dates in bold will include a "Top 16 Superstars" race - see below.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is possible that events on some dates may be changed or canceled.)

2 World Tours

These are live events held at various locations around the world. The competitors sitting at the top of the rankings from all Regions will be brought together to decide the best driver.

Competitor selection for the World Tour events will be based on their rankings at the end of each Stage of the Online Series (excluding the first World Tour held in Paris).

World Tour 2019 Series Calendar
  Date Selection CriteriaNations Cup Selection CriteriaManufacturer Series
World Tour - Paris March 16-17 World Finals 2018 World Finals 2018
World Tour - Nürburgring June 21-22 Nations Cup 2019 - Stage 1 Exhibition Series 2019 - Season 2
World Tour - New York August 24-25 Nations Cup 2019 - Stage 2 Manufacturer Series 2019 - Pre-Season
World Tour - Red Bull Hangar-7 September 14-15 Nations Cup 2019 - Stage 3 Manufacturer Series 2019 - Stage 1
World Tour - Tokyo October 26-27 Nations Cup 2019 - Stage 4 Manufacturer Series 2019 - Stage 2

(The dates for the World Tours may be changed or the event canceled.)

Nations Cup

The participation for the Nations Cup World Tour will be determined according to the following criterion:

Top competitors in the Online Series rankings from each Region at the time of selection. However, there will be a limit to the number of players from a single country (or territory), as shown below:

Maximum number of competitors from each Region and country/territory for the World Tours
  Selections Competitors per country/territory
Europe/Middle East/Africa 10 Maximum 2 per country
North America 3 Maximum 2 per country (3 when this region is host)
Central & South America 3 Maximum 2 per country (3 when this region is host)
Asia 4 Maximum 2 per country (4 when this region is host)
Oceania 2 Maximum 2 per country (3 when this region is host)
Host Region 2 additional competitors  
  Total24 competitors  
(If participation slots open due to withdrawals and selection limitations, competitor selections will be made from the top of the rankings list.
This selection method does not apply to "World Tour 2019 - Paris.")
Manufacturer Series

The participation in a Manufacturer Series World Tour will be determined according to the following criteria:

Manufacturers Selection

A total of 12 manufacturers will be selected to participate in a World Tour: in addition to the Official Partner Manufacturers (see below), the highest ranked manufacturers in the "Global Manufacturer Ranking" at the end of each Selection Event will also be selected.

(See the "Global Manufacturer Ranking" section below for more information.)

Official Partner Manufacturers

The following is a list of Official Partner for the 2019 Series.

Toyota

(Other Official Partners may be added during the Series.)

Global Manufacturer Ranking

In the Manufacturer Series, a "Global Manufacturer Ranking" will be created as described below.

1) A "Manufacturer Ranking" will be created for each Region:
At the end of each Round, the position of a manufacturer in the "Manufacturer Ranking" will be determined by the points acquired by its affiliated top driver (the driver who holds the highest-score for that manufacturer in that Round).
At the end of each Round, "Manufacturer Ranking Points" will be assigned to each of the 25 manufacturers based on their position in the above-mentioned "Manufacturer Ranking," as follows:
"Manufacturer Ranking Points" Distribution Table
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
40 pts 36 pts 33 pts 30 pts 27 pts 24 pts 22 pts 20 pts 18 pts 16 pts 15 pts 14 pts 13 pts 12 pts 11 pts
16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th          
10 pts 9 pts 8 pts 7 pts 6 pts 5 pts 4 pts 3 pts 2 pts 1 pt          
2) The "Global Manufacturer Ranking" will be created:
The "Manufacturer Ranking Points" from all 5 Regions are totaled to determine the position of a manufacturer in the "Global Manufacturer Ranking"

The Manufacturer Rankings will be decided by an effective points system. The top 1/4 of rounds held so far will (with decimals counted up) will be counted as the effective points score to decide the ranking.

For example:
- After 10 rounds, the number of effective points scoring rounds will be 10/4=2.5, with decimals rounded up, so the top 3 rounds would count.
- At the end of the 2019 series, of the total 20 rounds, the top 5 will count towards the effective points score.
(If two or more manufacturers have an equal amount of points in the "Global Manufacturer Ranking," the selection will be determined following these criteria:
a) the manufacturers with the highest points per Region;
b) the manufacturer with the highest number of affiliation contracts registered at the end of the 2019 Series.
"Manufacturer Ranking Points" distribution per Round

1Europe/Middle East/Africa Region

Points acquired by the top players of each manufacturer

In each Round, the position of a manufacturer in the ranking is determined from the points acquired by that manufacturer's top drivers. Based on this ranking, Manufacturer Ranking Points are distributed.

Manufacturer Ranking by Region

2North America

Manufacturer Ranking by Region

3Central & South America

Manufacturer Ranking by Region

4Asia

Manufacturer Ranking by Region

5Oceania

Manufacturer Ranking by Region

Manufacturer Ranking Points from all 5 Regions are totaled

Global Manufacturer Ranking
Competitors Selection

Each of the 12 manufacturers will select their representative drivers following these criteria:

1) The 3 Regions with the highest Manufacturer Ranking Points will be selected;
2) The top players from those 3 Regions are selected as that manufacturer's representatives.
(Note: unlike the Nations Cup, the number of World Tour victories will not be part of the selection criteria.)
In the event that multiple regions score the same points in the "Global Manufacturer Ranking", the order will be decided by the following criteria
a) Which region has the highest score across all rounds.
b) Which region has the highest number of entries at the end of the 2019 series.
If there are players who forfeit their participation, the next player will be selected following this order of priority:
a) the top player from the Region with the next highest Manufacturer Ranking Points;
b) the player who held the next highest-score from the same Region as the player who forfeited their participation.)
Example: If the "Manufacturer Ranking" Regions order for Toyota was Asia (1st), Europe/Middle East/Africa (2nd), North America (3rd), Oceania (4th), and Central & South America (5th), the top players in Asia, Europe/Middle East/Africa and North America would be the first candidates, but if the North American player forfeits, the top player from the Oceania Region will be the next candidate.

3 World Finals

This is a live event to determine the best driver in the world.

The World Finals winner of the Nations Cup will be crowned Nations Cup 2019 Champion, and the winning team of the Manufacturer Series will be crowned Manufacturer Series 2019 Champion; both will be awarded at the FIA Prize-Giving Gala that takes place in December.

World Finals 2019 Series Calendar
World Finals Place: TBADate: November 23-24

(The dates for the World Finals may be changed.)

Nations Cup

The participation for the Nations Cup World Finals will be determined according to the following criteria:

Winners of Country Representative Finals (see below).

Players with the highest number of World Tour wins. (The number of races won at the World Tours will not be considered.)

Top competitors in the Online Series rankings from each Region at the time of selection. However, there will be a limit to the number of players from a single country (or territory), as shown below:

Maximum number of competitors from each Region and country/territory for the World Finals
  Selections Competitors per country/territory
Europe / Middle East / Africa 16 Maximum 3 per country
North America 5 Maximum 3 per country
Central & South America 5 Maximum 3 per country
Asia 6 Maximum 3 per country
Oceania 4 Maximum 3 per country
  Total36 competitors  
(If participation slots open due to withdrawals and selection limitations, competitor selections will be made from the top of the rankings.
In some cases, a competitor next in the ranking may be selected as a substitute. In this case, the above limitations related to participants from the same country or territory will not apply.)
World Finals
Live Event
Europe / Middle East / Africa
Top Drivers
North America
Top Drivers
Central & South America
Top Drivers
Asia
Top Drivers
Oceania
Top Drivers
Country Representative Final

In some cases, with prior Polyphony Digital approval, a Country Representative Final may be hosted for the Nations Cup. If a Country Representative Final is held, the World Finals participants from that country/territory will be selected from the results of the Country Representative Final.

The selection criteria for the Country Representative Final will use the same selection criteria for the World Finals.

If a Country Representative Final is held, the maximum number of competitors to World Finals from that country will be as indicated in the table above, and the number of maximum competitors from the corresponding Region will be reduced accordingly.

Manufacturer Series

The participation in the Manufacturer Series World Finals will be determined according to the same criteria as the Word Tour Manufacturer Series selection process.

5. POINTS

When a player participates in and finishes an online race, points are awarded according to their final position. The points gained are determined automatically by the average Driver Rating of all players matched in that race.

*If players enter more than once in a single round, only the points earned in the last race of the day will count towards their Online Ranking for that Round..

6. STAR PLAYERS

"Star Players" are players who exhibit superior technique and sportsmanship, that are revered by all players. It will be necessary for drivers to register more detailed profile information that will be used during race reports and Live Events. The "Star Players" Driver Rating in-game will appear as "S."

The players at the top of the rankings at the end of each Stage can register as "Star Players" on gran-turismo.com.

The "Star Player" prerequisites for each Region are as follows:

  Nations Cup Manufacturer Series
Europe / Middle East / Africa Top 200, or top 10 from each country Top 200, or top 10 from each manufacturer
North America Top 140, or top 10 from each country Top 140, or top 5 from each manufacturer
Central & South America Top 60, or top 10 from each country Top 60, or top 5 from each manufacturer
Asia Top 150, or top 10 from each country Top 150, or top 5 from each manufacturer
Oceania Top 50, or top 10 from each country Top 50, or top 5 from each manufacturer

When the prerequisites for a "Star Player" registration are met, a notification will appear in-game. Please proceed to register on gran-turismo.com.

The "Star Player" status is only valid during the Stage immediately following the Stage where the player fulfilled the prerequisites.

(The "Star Player Registration Form" is available only to competitors aged 18 or over. In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, competitors must be aged 21 or over. "Star Player" registration prerequisites may change during the Series in response to the current players' registration situation.)

7. TOP 16 SUPERSTARS

During the Online Series, there will be special "Top 16 Superstars" races where only the top drivers will be matched together. Bonus points are awarded after this race, allowing players to earn more points than normal.

To be eligible for the "Top 16 Superstars" race, the following prerequisites must be met:

The competitor is registered as a "Star Player" on gran-turismo.com.

A competitor's Driver Rating or acquired points for that Stage must be within the top 16 positions of all entering competitors. However, the following restrictions apply:

  Nations Cup Manufacturer Series
Europe / Middle East / Africa Up to 2 competitors from the same country/territory Up to 2 competitors from the same manufacturer
North America Up to 10 competitors from the same country/territory Up to 2 competitors from the same manufacturer
Central & South America Up to 12 competitors from the same country/territory Up to 2 competitors from the same manufacturer
Asia Up to 12 competitors from the same country/territory Up to 2 competitors from the same manufacturer
Oceania Up to 10 competitors from the same country/territory Up to 2 competitors from the same manufacturer
(For the details about the amount of bonus points, selection criteria, and entry restrictions for the "Top 16 Superstars," please check the information screen when selecting each event in-game.
The selection criteria can either be based on the Drivers Rating or acquired points, depending on the event.)

8. POINTS OF CAUTION

Final Score Ties

If two or more competitors have an equal amount of points at the end of a Stage, the ranking will be determined following these criteria:

a) The highest Driver Rating
b) The highest Sportsmanship Rating
c) The earliest "Gran Turismo Sport" has been played, according to the PSN Online ID's record.
Multiple Accounts

If it is found that a competitor is participating through multiple PSN accounts, and/or is partaking in any activity that interfere with other competitors' races, said competitor may be disqualified from the Championships.

Rule Violations and Fraudulent activity

In order for the organizer to uphold the highest standards for the event and to ensure a fair competition, we reserve the right to investigate any suspicious activities.

Participants are expected to fully cooperate with the organizers if such investigations are taking place.

If a competitor is found to have violated rules or have taken part in fraudulent activities, they may be disqualified or subject to other penalties.

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