Half of the Gran Turismo Sport FIA Online Championship finals berths were filled this weekend, with the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regional finals. Over the course of three races, Spain’s Coque Lopez – part of the Williams Esports team – came out victorious, courtesy of an unusual tyre strategy at Spa-Francorchamps.
Williams team-mate Valerio Gallo had made the early running, winning the first two races at a canter ahead of Baptiste Beauvois. However the final race saw double points on offer, and Lopez and Hungary’s Patrik Blazsan – also a Williams Esports driver – took full advantage with their 1-2 finish.
Joining the Williams trio and Beauvois are Giorgio Mangano – yet another Williams driver – Adam Tapai, Rick Kevelham, and, on his FIA Online Championship debut, Jose Serrano. Japan’s Takuma Miyazono has also already qualified through his World Tour win back in February.
The Americas and the Asia-Oceania finals will run over the next two weekends, to find the remaining seven drivers to qualify for the world final later in December.