Gran Turismo FIA Online Championship Timings and Regions Change for 2021

Polyphony Digital has released more information on the scheduling for the 2021 season of the Gran Turismo FIA Online Championship. Although we don’t have a full race calendar yet — and we’ll bring you that when it’s available — there are nonetheless important changes to how players will participate in the races.

First and foremost is the number and timings of event slots, which affects both championships. As we had suspected, the 2021 season will retain the Wednesday/Saturday format for racing. Without a full calendar we can’t say for sure, but this looks like it will be the same as the late-2020 seasons, where Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series would alternate days rather than taking place on the same day.

The series will also retain the timings for each entry slot, though cut from six slots down to five in each region — with the exception of Oceania which has only three slots in Nations Cup. There’s no additional slot currently scheduled for a “Top 16 Superstars” race, but we’d anticipate this to be the middle time slot of each relevant round, with the public entry slot delayed by 20 minutes for that round. Timings for the first slot of each race day varies by region, but each subsequent slot is 80 minutes after the previous one:

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