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FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships 2021 Series Overview
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Last Updated: 04/05/2021

1.CHAMPIONSHIPS

The following two championships will be hosted:

FIA GT Championship // Nations Cup
The Nations Cup sees drivers representing their own countries and territories compete to claim the title of Nations Cup champion. 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. There are no restrictions on the country of origin of the cars that will be driven.
FIA GT Championship // Manufacturer Series
The Manufacturer Series allows competitors to represent their favorite automobile manufacturer and do battle against drivers representing other manufacturers.

2.ELIGIBILITY

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

Please note that the "Star Player Registration Form" and the participation in the World Series and World Finals will be limited to competitors 18 years old or over at the time of the event*.

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

3.PARTICIPATING REGIONS

The championships will be divided into five regions for the Nations Cup, and three separate regions for the Manufacturer Series.

Star Player registration, participation in the World Series and World Finals are limited to players residing in the following countries/territories and regions.

North America Central & South America Europe/Middle East/Africa Asia Oceania

NATIONS CUP

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

Manufacturer Series

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

4.2021 CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2021 Championships will comprise of the following four events:

1Online Series
2World Series
3World Series Showdown
4World Finals
Details

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 is a six-month competition from April to September.

The Nations Cup will be divided into two seasons, each consisting of 10 rounds (where one round includes Qualifying and a Final Race) for a total of 20 rounds.

By participating in an online race, competitors will be awarded points based on their performance. These points will determine competitors' positions in the rankings, which will be updated at the end of every round.

The driver selections for the World Series and World Finals will be made based on the results of the point rankings at the end of each season.

The overall ranking is based on an effective points system: at the end of each season, the final score will be tallied from the best round out of three of the total for that season (with half numbers rounded up).

For example: After 10 rounds the best four rounds will be tallied for the final score (10/3=3.333..., rounded up.)
Points at the end of Season 1 will not be carried over into Season 2.
Nations Cup 2021 Series Calendar
Season 1 Season 2
Rd.124 April
Rd.110 July
Rd.21 May
Rd.217 July
Rd.38 May
Rd.331 July
Rd.415 May
Rd.47 August
Rd.522 May
Rd.514 August
Rd.626 May
Rd.625 August
Rd.72 June
Rd.71 September
Rd.89 June
Rd.88 September
Rd.916 June
Rd.915 September
Rd.1023 June
Rd.1022 September
2021 Series Season 1
Rd.124 April
Rd.21 May
Rd.38 May
Rd.415 May
Rd.522 May
Rd.626 May
Rd.72 June
Rd.89 June
Rd.916 June
Rd.1023 June
2021 Series Season 2
Rd.110 July
Rd.217 July
Rd.331 July
Rd.47 August
Rd.514 August
Rd.625 August
Rd.71 September
Rd.88 September
Rd.915 September
Rd.1022 September
(Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is possible that events on some dates may be changed or cancelled.)
Manufacturer Series Online Series

The Manufacturer Series Online Series is a six-month competition from April to September.

The series will be divided into two seasons, consisting of 10 rounds (where one round includes Qualifying and a Final Race) for a total of 20 rounds.

By participating in an online race, competitors will be awarded points based on their performance. These points will determine competitors' positions in the rankings, which will be updated at the end of every round.

The driver selections for the World Series and World Finals will be made based on the results of the point rankings at the end of each season.

The overall ranking is based on an effective points system. At the end of each season, the final score will be tallied from the best one of three rounds of the total for that season (with half numbers rounded up).

For example:After 10 Rounds the best four rounds will be tallied for the final score (10/3=3.333..., rounded up.)
At the end of Season 1, points will not be carried over into Season 2 and it will not be possible to change your manufacturer affiliation contract for Season 2.
Manufacturer Series 2021 Calendar
Season 1 Season 2
Rd.121 April
Rd.17 July
Rd.228 April
Rd.214 July
Rd.35 May
Rd.318 July
Rd.412 May
Rd.44 August
Rd.519 May
Rd.511 August
Rd.629 May
Rd.628 August
Rd.75 June
Rd.74 September
Rd.812 June
Rd.811 September
Rd.919 June
Rd.918 September
Rd.1026 June
Rd.1025 September
2021 Series Season 1
Rd.121 April
Rd.228 April
Rd.35 May
Rd.412 May
Rd.519 May
Rd.629 May
Rd.75 June
Rd.812 June
Rd.919 June
Rd.1026 June
2021 Series Season 2
Rd.17 July
Rd.214 July
Rd.318 July
Rd.44 August
Rd.511 August
Rd.628 August
Rd.74 September
Rd.811 September
Rd.918 September
Rd.1025 September
(Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is possible that events on some dates may be changed or cancelled.)
Global Manufacturer Rankings

The Global Manufacturer Rankings determines the manufacturers that will be entering the World Series and the World Finals.

The Global Manufacturer Rankings are determined at the end of each season.

The ranking is based on an effective points system. At the end of each season, the final score will be tallied from the best one of three rounds of the total for that season (with half numbers rounded up).

For example: after 10 Rounds the best 4 Rounds will be tallied for the final score (10/3=3.333..., rounded up.)
At the end of Season 1, points will not be carried over into Season 2.

The Global Manufacturer Rankings 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 aforementioned Manufacturer Ranking as follows:
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          
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
40 pts 36 pts 33 pts 30 pts 27 pts 24 pts
7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
22 pts 20 pts 18 pts 16 pts 15 pts 14 pts
13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th
13 pts 12 pts 11 pts 10 pts 9 pts 8 pts
19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th
7 pts 6 pts 5 pts 4 pts 3 pts 2 pts
25th          
1 pt          
If two or more of the top ranking drivers from different manufacturers are tied on individual points, then the Manufacturer Ranking Points assigned to their respective manufacturers will be divided and assigned equally.

For example: Player A (Toyota) and Player B (Mercedes-Benz) both have an individual score of 230 points. If both manufacturers are tied for 3rd in their region, the points awarded for 3rd and 4th place will be added together with each team receiving half of the total (33+30=63/2=31.5 pts.)
2) "Global Manufacturer Ranking" will be created:
-For each manufacturer, Manufacturer Ranking Points from all three regions will be tallied to determine their "Global Manufacturer Ranking."
If two or more manufacturers have an equal number of points in the Global Manufacturer Ranking, the selection will be determined following these criteria:
a) The manufacturer with the highest Manufacturer Ranking Points across all three regions and all rounds.
b) If still tied, the manufacturer with the highest individual points of their top ranking drivers from all three regions.
c) If still tied, the manufacturer with the highest individual points of their top ranking drivers from all three regions and all rounds.
Participating Manufacturers
Alfa Romeo
Aston Martin
Audi
BMW
Chevrolet
Citroën
Dodge
Ferrari
Ford
Honda
Hyundai
Jaguar
Lamborghini
Lexus
Mazda
McLaren
Mercedes-Benz
Mitsubishi
Nissan
Peugeot
Porsche
Renault Sport
Subaru
Toyota
Volkswagen
Details

2World Series

This is a global online event, bringing together the top competitors from around the world.

The World Series is comprised of four rounds, grouped into Season 1 (Rounds 1 and 2) and Season 2 (Rounds 3 and 4).

The top competitors for each season will be selected by the following criteria:

・ Season 1 (Rounds 1 and 2): top competitors among the 2020 World Finalists.

・ Season 2 (Rounds 3 and 4): top competitors from the 2021 World Series Showdown (details below).

In each World Series Round, the top competitors and teams are awarded "World Series Points" (details below).

2021 World Series Broadcast Schedule
Round Broadcast Date
World Series Rd.1 (Season 1)
Sunday, 6 June 2021
World Series Rd.2 (Season 1)
Sunday, 11 July 2021
World Series Rd.3 (Season 2)
Sunday, 3 October 2021
World Series Rd.4 (Season 2)
Sunday, 14 November 2021
(Actual broadcast dates are subject to change.)
Nations Cup

The Nations Cup competitors for the World Series Rounds 1 and 2 (Season 1) and the World Series Rounds 3 and 4 (Season 2) will be selected as follows:

Round Nations Cup Competitor Selection
World Series Rounds 1 & 2 (Season 1)
16 competitors from the 2020 World Finals Nations Cup
World Series Rounds 3 & 4 (Season 2)
Top 16 competitors from the 2021 World Series Showdown Nations Cup
(In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitor, that slot will not be replaced.)
Manufacturer Series

The Manufacturer Series will hold an individual race where one representative driver will be selected for each manufacturer.

Manufacturers and drivers of the World Series will be selected as follows:

Rounds
World Series Rd.1 & 2 (Season 1)
Manufacturers
Manufacturers who competed in the 2020 World Finals
Representative Drivers

For the competitors who participated in the 2020 World Finals and have chosen the same manufacturer for Season 1 of the 2021 Online Series, the representatives are selected as follows:

1. Out of the 2020 World Finals participants, in the order of final rankings. If the final ranking is tied, the order will be determined by the results first in the Grand Final, then in Race 2, and finally in Race 1.

2. If a competitor cannot be selected with the above criteria, Polyphony Digital Inc. will select a competitor who is affiliated with the relevant manufacturer for Season 1 of the 2021 Online Series, and from their race results.

Rounds
World Series Rd.3 & 4 (Season 2)
Manufacturers
12 manufacturers in total, including 2021 Official Partners (see below) and top ranking manufacturers from the Global Manufacturer Ranking at the end of Season 1.
Representative Drivers

For the competitors who participated in the World Series Showdown, the representatives are selected as follows:

1. The competitors with the highest individual score in the final ranking. If the score is tied, the order will be determined by the results first in the Grand Final, then in Race 2, and finally in Race 1.

2. If a competitor cannot be selected with the above criteria, Polyphony Digital Inc. will select a competitor who is affiliated with the relevant manufacturer for Season 2 of the 2021 Online Series, and from their race results.

(In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitors, then we will reserve that place for the next runner-up following the criteria above.)
World Series Points

In each World Series Round, the top three competitors and teams for both Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series are awarded "World Series Points." The World Series Points will be added as initial starting points in the World Finals rankings.

Points Distribution Table
Ranking 1st 2nd 3rd
Points 3 2 1
(Please note that 'World Series Points' do not guarantee eligibility for participation in the World Finals, and are only counted for competitors and teams who make it to the Finals itself.)
Details

3World Series Showdown

This is a global online event where competitors battle it out for places in Season 2 of the World Series (Rounds 3 and 4). This event will be contested by the 2020 World Finalists and the top competitors from Season 1 of the 2021 Online Series. This is the final event of Season 1, and the midpoint of the "FIA Gran Turismo Championships" 2021 Series.

In the World Series Showdown, a maximum of 10 World Series Points will be awarded to the top competitors and teams.

2021 World Series Showdown Broadcast Schedule
Dates
World Series Showdown
Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 August 2021
(Actual broadcast dates are subject to change.)
(The actual race dates will be communicated to the competitors directly.)
Nations Cup

The World Series Showdown for the Nations Cup will have a total of 32 competitors, 16 from the 2020 World Finals and 16 from the Nations Cup 2021 Online Series Season 1.

From the 2020 World Finals
Selection Criteria 2020 World Finals Nations Cup Competitor (In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitor, that slot will not be replaced.)
Total 16
From the Nations Cup 2021 Online Series Season 1
Maximum number of competitors from the same country/territory 2(In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitor, then we will reserve that place for the next runner-up following the criteria above.)
Regions Europe/Middle East/Africa 6
North America 3
Central & South America 2
Asia 3
Oceania 2
Total 16
Grand Total 32
Manufacturer Series

The manufacturer selection and representative drivers for the World Series Showdown are determined as follows:

Manufacturer Selection Process

A total of 12 teams will proceed to the World Series Showdown, consisting of Official Partner Manufacturers for the 2021 Series (see below) and the top ranked manufacturers according to the Global Manufacturer Ranking calculated at the end of Season 1.

Official Partner Manufacturers

The following is a list of Official Partners for the 2021 Series.

Toyota
Mazda

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

Manufacturer Representative Selection Process

The Manufacturer Series is a team competition with a total of three players from each region representing one manufacturer.

For each of the 12 manufacturers, the top ranking competitors from Season 1 of the 2021 Online Series will enter.

(In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitor, then we will reserve that place for the next runner-up following the criteria above.)
World Series Points

In the World Series Showdown, the top 10 competitors and teams are awarded "World Series Points."

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
10 pts 9 pts 8 pts 7 pts 6 pts 5 pts 4 pts 3 pts 2 pts 1 pt
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
10 pts 9 pts 8 pts 7 pts 6 pts 5 pts
7th 8th 9th 10th    
4 pts 3 pts 2 pts 1 pt    
(Please note that "World Series Points" do not guarantee eligibility for participation in the World Finals and are only counted for competitors and teams who make it to the Finals itself.)
Details

4World Finals

This is an online event that determines this year's winners of the FIA Gran Turismo Championships.

The winner of the Nations Cup World Finals will become the 2021 Nations Cup Champion, while the winning team of the Manufacturer Series World Finals will be named the 2021 Manufacturer Series Champion. Both winners will receive their awards at the FIA Prize Giving Ceremony scheduled for December 2021.

2021 World Finals Broadcast Schedule
Dates
World Finals
Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, 2021
(Actual broadcast dates are subject to change.)
(The actual race dates will be communicated to the competitors directly.)
Nations Cup

In the Nations Cup World Finals, a total of 32 players will compete, 16 from the 2021 World Series Showdown Nations Cup, and 16 from the Nations Cup 2021 Online Series Season 2.

From the 2021 World Series Showdown
Selection Criteria 2021 World Series Showdown(In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitor, that slot will not be replaced.)
Total 16
Nations Cup 2021 Online Series Season 2
Maximum number of competitors from the same country/territory 2(In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitor, then we will reserve that place for the next runner-up following the criteria above.)
Regions Europe/Middle East/Africa 6
North America 3
Central & South America 2
Asia 3
Oceania 2
Total 16
Grand Total 32
Manufacturer Series

The manufacturer selection and representative drivers for the World Finals are determined as follows:

Manufacturer Selection Process

A total of 12 teams will proceed to the World Finals, consisting of Official Partner Manufacturers for the 2021 Series (see below) and the top ranked manufacturers according to the Global Manufacturer Ranking calculated at the end of Season 2.

Manufacturer Representative Selection Process

The Manufacturer Series consists of teams with a total of three competitors from each of the three regions (Europe/Middle East/Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania) representing one manufacturer.

For each of the 12 manufacturers, the top ranked competitors from Season 2 of the 2021 Online Series will enter.

(In the event that a place becomes available due to a withdrawal of a competitor, then we will reserve that place for the next runner-up following the criteria above.)

5.POINTS

When competitors participate in and finish 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 competitors enter more than one race in the same round, only the points earned in the last race of the day will count towards their ranking for that round.)

6.STAR PLAYERS

Players who reach the top ranks in the Online Series may register as "Star Players" on the official gran-turismo.com website.

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

Star Players are players who exhibit superior technique and sportsmanship. It will be necessary for drivers to register more detailed profile information, and the player will receive more exposure in race reports and Live Events. The Driver Rating of a registered Star Player will appear as "S" in-game.

The Star Player registration prerequisites for each season are as follows:

Season Registration Prerequisites (for both the Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series)
Season 1
2020 World Finals competitors
Season 2
2021 World Series Showdown competitors
(The "Star Player" registration form is available only to competitors 18 years old and over. In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, competitors must be 21 years old or over. Star Player registration prerequisites may change during the series in response to the current players' registration situation.)

7.POINTS OF CAUTION

Final Score Ties

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

a) The player with the highest points across all rounds.
b) If still tied, the player with the highest points in an individual round.
c) If still tied, the player with the highest Driver Rating (DR).
d) If still tied, the player with the highest Sportsmanship Rating (SR).
e) If still tied, players who started playing Gran Turismo Sport earlier, according to their account from PlayStation®Network's record.
Forbidden Activities
- It is forbidden for a competitor to simultaneously participate in the same championship and season with multiple accounts.
- It is forbidden to participate using another person's account for PlayStation®Network.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct.

If players are found engaging in forbidden activities, they will be penalized, including but not limited to being banned from the championships.

Rule Violations and Fraudulent Activities

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

By participating in these championships, players are expected to fully cooperate with the organizers if investigations are taking place.

Competitors found to have violated the rules or those taking part in fraudulent activities may be disqualified or subject to other penalties.

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