GT World Tour – Hizal wins Nations Cup, Toyota takes Producer Series
The FIA-certified Gran Turismo World Championships drew to a shut on the Wearing Monte Carlo Complex, the attach the Nations Cup and Producer Series Finals took utter final weekend.
Germany’s Mikail Hizal has proven unprecedented scurry all weekend and clinched the victory in dominant vogue, with Australia’s Cody Nikola of Australia and Takuma Miyazono of Japan rounding out the podium.
The licensed qualifying spherical on Friday pared the 36 drivers—hailing from 18 territories/international locations—the entire blueprint down to 12 finalists. These drivers then began from a natty slate on Sunday, starting up with qualifying, adopted by four races.
The closing urge changed into held on the Autodromo de Interlagos in Brazil, with the drivers within the attend of the wheel of the Red Bull X2019 Opponents machine in a 22-lap showdown.
Unlike the first three races, the drivers delight in been required to exercise all three compound tyres for no longer no longer as much as six laps, meaning no no longer as much as two pit stops delight in been required.
Hizal led the pack around the first corner when the inexperienced flag dropped. Daniel Solis of the US took attend of his subtle-compound tyres and labored his system up from eighth to 3rd utter within the span of three laps. By Lap 4, Hizal’s conception changed into working perfectly as he had already constructed a four-2d lead on the leisure of the self-discipline.
The German changed into on an different technique to most of his opponents, staying out when the massive majority of the pack pitted. He then went on to dominate the closing urge, leading nearly every lap.
“I in actuality feel relieved because here is doubtlessly my final World Finals [event]. Upright in case I will’t return on myth of my research, I wished to present it my honorable this year.
“I changed into very anxious on the fresh time, no longer desirous to originate any mistakes, however issues went in actuality smartly. I accurate can’t think it. This changed into the main purpose for me this year, and now that I’ve done it, I’m so happy,” concluded the German ace.
Toyota takes Producer Series honours
Mercedes-Benz looked to attach the completion on a honorable year that resulted with two World Tour occasion victories in New York and Salzburg for the Producer.
All of it came the entire blueprint down to the very closing occasion of the year to purchase which group may possibly possibly be topped within the Invent Series. With the aspects price double for the Sizable Closing, the likes of BMW, Lexus, Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin unruffled had a raffle to remove the title away from Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, which sat atop the leaderboard with 22 aspects each and each.
The closing bump into of the season took utter at Tokyo Freeway – South Inner Loop, with both favorites Mercedes-Benz and Toyota adopting fairly just a few tyre strategies on the tight and twisty motorway direction.
Mercedes-Benz driver Cody Nikola Latkovski to began the urge within the AMG GT3 on subtle-compound tyres, whereas Personnel Toyota went with Tomoaki Yamanaka of Japan within the GR Supra Racing Idea on the slowest laborious-compound rubber.
The Jap producer, with Yamanaka joined by Rayan Derrouiche and Igor Fraga, came out on top finishing sooner than Mercedes and Chevrolet teams that rounded out the podium.
After the closing aspects had been tallied up, Toyota had won the 2019 FIA GT Producer Series title, adopted by Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo.