Published on September 7th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific Kicks Off
Here’s a chance to do Malaysia proud by playing a video game
With the e-sports industry expected to hit the USD1.8 billion mark by next year, it is therefore not surprising to see automakers getting in on the action. Last year alone, Porsche held at least three e-sports events which were deemed successful. This year, the company is returning with a new event called the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific.
Organised by Porsche Asia Pacific in collaboration with Porsche Japan, Porsche Korea and Porsche Taiwan, the latest simulation racing tournament is open to participants from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and New Zealand.
Here are the important bits that you might want to know:
- Starts on 5 September 2021
- Played on Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation 4
- Participants will go through five qualifying rounds, each of which will comprise two competition slots
- Qualifying races will be held at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Fuji Speedway, Mount Panorama Circuit, Goodwood Motor Circuit and Spa-Francorchamps
- Cars that will be used include the 911 RSR, 919 Hybrid, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, 962 C and the 356 A
- Those who make it through to the five sports in the semifinals will compete with 15 top racers from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
- Top 10 competitors will advance to the finals in mid-December 2021
- Winner will receive the grand prize of an all-expenses paid Porsche weekend in Tokyo
To enter, just select Sport Mode in the Gran Turismo Sport game and choose the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific event.
For more information, check out the following press release:
Porsche Asia Pacific is proud to announce the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific, a new e-sports event starting on September 5, 2021 which has been organised by Porsche Asia Pacific together with Porsche Japan, Porsche Korea, and Porsche Taiwan.
With this latest simulation racing tournament, Porsche is building on the success of e-sports events such as the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup in 2020, the Porsche SimRacing Trophy and Porsche E-sports Supercup, making the sports car manufacturer one of the forerunning automobile brands to engage in e-sports racing.
The Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will be played in Gran Turismo Sport, a game designed for Sony’s PlayStation®41 console. The e-sports tournament is open to participants from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and New Zealand, who will collect points across five qualifying rounds, each of which will comprise two competition slots. Competitors who make it through to the five spots in the semifinals will meet the top racers from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – each sending their best five. The top 10 competitors who win the semifinals will then battle it out at the finals and the winner will receive the grand prize of an all-expenses paid Porsche weekend in Tokyo, including a visit to the Porsche Experience Centre Tokyo and many more Porsche moments.
The qualifying races will be held at the most famous racing circuits around the globe, including the Circuit de la Sarthe from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is where Porsche has won a record 19 titles, Fuji Speedway, where World Endurance Championship (WEC) races have been held, the Mount Panorama Circuit of the Bathurst 24 Hour race, and the Goodwood Motor Circuit, the location of the most famous classic car event in the world. Different cars will be used for each race, including the 919 Hybrid and 962 C for Le Mans, along with the 356 A, a famous model from the motor sports scene of the 1950s, meaning that drivers will need a wide range of skills to emerge victorious.
Official name: Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific
For further details, please visit: https://www.porsche.co.jp/ms/pgtcap/en/
How to participate in the online qualifying races
In the Gran Turismo Sport game, select [Sport Mode] and choose the event titled “Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific”. There are no restrictions on manufacturer agreements. Reception begins 15 minutes before the entry deadline. The top five players from Porsche Asia Pacific (according to their scores) will go on to compete against the top five players from Porsche Japan, Porsche Korea and Porsche Taiwan. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. See terms and conditions on the official website above for more information.
Online qualifying races will occur at 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM (Malaysia time) for all schedules
|Race||Date||Race Course||Car Model|
|Rd. 1||Sep. 5||Fuji Speedway||911 RSR (991) ’17|
|Rd. 2||Sep. 19||Circuit de la Sarthe||919 Hybrid (Porsche Team) ’16|
|Rd. 3||Oct. 3||Mount Panorama||Cayman GT4 Clubsport ’16|
|Rd. 4||Oct. 10||Goodwood Motor Circuit||356 A/1500 GS Carrera Speedster ‘56|
|Rd. 5||Oct. 31||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||962 C ’88|
The finals for the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will take place in Mid-December 2021 (exact date to be announced on the official website above).