The qualifier event for the Olympic Virtual Series for motor racing, played in Gran Turismo Sport, has concluded. The top 16 players from the open qualifier will be competing in the finals set to take place on June 23.
Among the 16 is Malaysia’s Taj Aiman.
The qualifier, a fastest-lap time trial around the Tokyo Expressway circuit in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept car, saw quite the competitive lap times. Italy’s Valerio Gallo set the pace at 1.55.046, followed by Canada’s Andrew Brooks at 1.55.098, just 0.052 seconds behind.
The top 16 is filled with familiar faces that regularly competed in the FIA-certified Gran Turismo championship series, though there are a few surprises that made the cut, including our sole representative from Malaysia. Taj qualified with a time of 1.55.437, enough to secure the fourth slot from the Asia region, behind fellow Southeast Asia representative N. Sirigaya of Thailand.
You can catch the Olympic Virtual Series Finals Motor Sport Event finals and support your fellow countryman on June 23 over on PlayStation’s Twitch channel.
Olympic Virtual Series is a new initiative by the Olympics in bringing in video games and sims as a competition. While other major sporting events bring in contemporary competitive games seen in the esports scene, the Olympic Virtual Series focuses on games with real-life sports equivalent, which includes motorsport.