Gran Turismo 7’s TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup competition returns for 2023

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup esports competition returns for 2023, with a free in-game car for all participants, an in-person grand final and the potential introduction of new content.
Gran Turismo 7’s TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup competition returns for 2023

Following an initial introduction within GT Sport, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Cup is the Japanese car manufacturer’s championship that’s open to anyone with Gran Turismo 7 on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

There will be seven online qualifying rounds, held in-game, before a live in-person grand final in November, as part of the Gran Turismo World Series World Finals.

2023 Yaris Gran Turismo 7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup

The results of the seven qualifying rounds will be collated via a combination of ranking and region, with the final 24-driver line-up will be sent to the World Finals location to compete for the overall title.

In 2021, Tomoaki Yamanaka took the inaugural title during an online final, and in 2022 at the Monaco in-person event, it was three-time Gran Turismo champion and real-world SUPER GT driver Igor Fraga who took home the crown.

The competition formerly ran under the GR Supra GT Cup moniker in 2019 and 2020 but then expanded to include more than one Toyota model.

That continues this season, with the Sprinter Trueno / Corolla Levin (AE86), GR Yaris, GR010 Hypercar, GR86, GR Supra Race Car ’19, 86 Gr.4 and GR Supra Racing Concept ’18 all part of the line-up. The platform-sharing Subaru BRZ is also included in road and race variants, and in one round, the MAZDA RX-VISION GT3 CONCEPT joins in.

Free GR010 Hybrid Hypercar

For all those who enter will be gifted an in-game Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar, worth 3,000,000 in-game credits.

This will come equipped with a unique livery commemorating five years of Toyota-based Gran Turismo racing esports competitions.

Toyota GR010 Hybrid '21 Gran Turismo 7

Does the schedule indicate new content?

If you look at the schedule announcement for the 2021 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup, it included the first-ever reference of the then-new Toyota GR86 sportscar, which then arrived within GT Sport in time for the seventh round.

The same pattern happened with last year’s announcement, with a ‘TBD’ track for the seventh round. However, it simply turned out to be the existing GR Yaris around Sardegna Windmills.

This time around, both the car and track combination for the seventh round are once again ‘TBD’. While this could potentially indicate new Gran Turismo 7 content arriving before 27th August 2023, it’s far from confirmed.

2023 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup schedule

Rd.130 AprilSprinter Trueno / Corolla Levin (AE86) ’83Fuji International Speedway
Rd.214 MayGR Yaris ’20Sardegna – Road Track – B
Rd.34 JuneGR010 HYBRID ’2124 Heures du Mans Racing Circuit
Rd.425 JuneVirtual GR86/BRZ CupAutopolis
Rd.516 JulyGR Supra Race Car ’19
86 Gr.4
(Gr.4 Select)
Nürburgring Sprint
GR Supra Racing Concept ’18
(Gr.3 Select)
Grand Valley – Highway 1
Rd.727 AugustTBDTBD
Grand FinalNovemberTBDTBD
Source: Gran Turismo
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