- WORLD FINALS
- The First Manufacturer Series Champion is Born!
- FIA Gran Turismo Championships 2018 World Finals
The "Manufacturer Series Final" of the FIA Gran Turismo Championships 2018 World Finals took place on November 17, in Monaco. The Lexus team, formed by Kanata Kawakami (Japan), Vincent Rigaud (France), and Tyrell Meadows (USA), was crowned as the 1st Manufacturer Series Champion.
The Lexus team went through the Top 6 Qualifying Time Trial with a lap time of 8:01.504 in the "Nürburgring 24h" layout, and started from 2nd place with soft tires. Kawakami, who overtook the BMW starting in pole position, maintained a steady pace until the end and displayed some brilliant driving.
The Nissan team, formed by the 3 regional champions, was one of the most promising candidates for the victory, but they didn't make it to the Top 6 Qualifying Time Trial due to a mistake with the strategy. Igor Fraga, coming into the race as the last driver, showed tremendous driving skills, but ran out of fuel right before the checkered flag and finished in 10th place out of 16.
The "Nations Cup Final" will be held on November 18th: the last day of the World Finals is where the inaugural "Nations Cup" Champions will be born!
- Tyrell Meadows
- United States
- Vincent Rigaud
- Kanata Kawakami
- Agustín Cajal
- Rayan Derrouiche
- Tomoaki Yamanaka
- Jonathan Bucha
- United States
- Thomas Compton-Mcpherson
- Great Britain
- Yoshiharu Imai
Manufacturer Series Final
|RANK||MANUFACTURER / DRIVERS||TIME|
|1||Lexus Tyrell Meadows / Vincent Rigaud / Kanata Kawakami||58:34.493|
|2||Toyota Agustín Cajal / Rayan Derrouiche / Tomoaki Yamanaka||+05.291|
|3||Aston Martin Jonathan Bucha / Thomas Compton-Mcpherson / Yoshiharu Imai||+05.624|
|4||Mitsubishi Jamon Szkoruda / James Adams / Shogo Yoshida||+05.859|
|5||Porsche Thiago Gonzaga / Sérgio Fonseca / Tatsuya Sugawara||+08.328|
|6||Mercedes-Benz Nickolas Lee McMillen / Edward Williams / Yusuke Nakao||+14.539|
|7||Chevrolet Anthony Felix / Lewis Bentley / Kentaro Yamaguchi||+15.555|
|8||Renault Sport Facundo Dudulec / Coque López / Haruto Miyake||+17.384|
|9||Subaru Joseph Lauro / Ilkka Koikkalainen / Takuma Miyazono||+18.427|
|10||Nissan Igor Fraga / Mikail Hizal / Ryota Kokubun||+20.293|
|11||BMW Nicolás Rubilar / Mike Zocher / Takuya Okamoto||+25.976|
|12||Honda Diego Rubilar / Thomas Leonhart / Shohei Sugimori||+41.136|
|13||Ferrari Andrew Brooks / Matthew Thomas / Yuki Shirakawa||+44.707|
|14||Citroën Jeffrey Gallan / Nicolas Schwendimann / Fumitaka Yagi||+45.080|
|15||Dodge Mark Pinnell / Alessio Pusceddu / Takato Kobayashi||+47.730|
|16||Volkswagen Thiago Bica / Jaroslav Drha / Kenji Goto||+1:00.308|