Kazunori Yamauchi: There Are Still Things to Improve for a “Much, Much Better Gran Turismo”

Gran Turismo Sport Producer Kazunori Yamauchi feels that there are still things to work on in order to achieve a "Much, Much Better Gran Turismo."

on May 12, 2018 7:37 PM

Today Sony Interactive Entertainment hosted the finals for the Nations Cup of the first Gran Turismo Sport World Tour, and Producer Kazunori Yamauchi was in attendance.

Earlier in the competition, Yamauchi-san mentioned that seeing the drivers in actions made him feel the sense of accomplishment for all the years working on Ga

“Working on Gran Turismo over the years, I always thought that without great players, it would never be complete. Seeing the sportsmanship, technique, and the skill the drivers over the last few days, I really think that we reached the point where Gran Turismo is finally complete.”

He was asked how he felt about the event after the podium ceremony, and he explained that there is still a lot of work to do.

“After this first official event for Gran Turismo Sport, we had a lot of things that we had to clear to get to this point. When we first decided that we would be starting it and working on a new motorsport with the FIA, that was five years ago. It took us that long to get where we’re at now. Having seen the event, there are still things that we need to work on and improve, but I think that in the end we’re going to have a much, much better Gran Turismo.”

Yamauchi -san concluded by thanking the drivers on the podium, mentioning that they’re incredible drivers, and they displayed incredible racing during the event.

The cup was ultimately won by Sicily-based Italian driver Giorgio Mangano after an extremely close race on the Moza circuit. Until the very last second, Mangano risked to have the overall championship win taken away depending on the extent of the penalty given to Finnish driver Kimmo Kaisla for a collision at the end of the race. Anything more than three seconds would have upgraded the standing runner-up Patrik Blaszan causing an overtake on the overall scoreboard. The stewards decided for a three-second penalty, bringing an end to several dramatic minutes in which no one knew the name of the winner.

You can watch the full stream below, and I advise to watch the last race because it was some really incredible racing. We could say that it arguably validates the polarizing vision that caused this game to be geared towards eSports, partly abandoning the traditional structure of the series.

Gran Turismo Sport is currently available exclusively for PS4. If you’re interested, you can grab a copy on Amazon. If you want to see more, you can check out the latest trailer featuring the update that came last month.


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