Take a look at the 7 circuits that make up the inaugural TRB-GT Calendar
The inaugural TRB-GT Championship promises to be one of the most exciting multiclass seasons in sim-racing as drivers will battle it out across seven of the best real-world circuits on Gran Turismo Sport.
What differentiates the TRB-GT Championship from others it that the competitors themselves choose the circuits they race on. During the sign up process, each driver must select five circuits, and the most popular are compiled to form the schedule.
Here, exclusive to DriveTribe, is a look at the calendar for the championship, which will start very shortly.
Round 1: Red Bull Ring, Austria, 35 Laps (151.130km)
The season kicks off at one of the most loved Grand Prix circuits in history. Formerly the daunting Österreichring, then the A1-Ring, the Red Bull Ring represents a fantastic location to open the season.
Characterised by fast straights, tight hairpins, fantastic elevation change, and that tricky in-field section, the 4.318km circuit nestled in the Styrian mountains will see the tone set for the rest of the season.
Round 2: Monza, Italy, 26 Laps (150.618km)
The Monza circuit is famous for one thing; speed. Drivers spend nearly 75% of the lap at full throttle, and are carrying their top speed for nearly half of the 5.793km tour in the heart of the Royal Park in Milan.
Heavy braking zones into the Retifillio and del Roggia chicanes poses the opportunity for a late overtaking maneuver, however the long straights give a the overtaken a very good chance of biting back.
With a high average speed this will likely be the shortest race of the TRB-GT, and the only below the 50 minute timer.
Round 3: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 22 Laps (154.088km)
La Source, Eau Rouge, Les Combes, Puhon, Blanchimont, every corner at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit sends a shot of adrenaline though driver and fan alike.
At 7.004km long, the longest lap of the Formula One calendar is only the third greatest in the TRB-GT, nonetheless the Belgian circuit has plenty to offer.
The rollercoaster lap is capable of producing fantastic racing, and with plenty of opportunities to pass, the traffic is unlikely to affect intra-class battles.
Round 4: Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany, 6 Laps (152.268km)
The longest circuit on the TRB-GT calendar comes at a pivotal point in the championship, marking the halfway point of the season. Nicknamed the 'Green Hell', the 25km lap will test the TRB-GT drivers to the highest possible level.
Combining the GP-Strecke and the daunting Nordschleife, the G2 Class will tackle six laps of the circuit, looking for a way past G3 traffic at the most dangerous ribbon of tarmac in the racing world.
The race is also the only time drivers will not have to use two compounds in a race, as only the soft tyre will be available to aid racing.
Round 5: Suzuka, Japan, 26 Laps (150.982km)
Arguably the most famous racing circuit in Asia, the Suzuka Circuit in Japan plays host to the fifth round of the TRB-GT, and as the championship nears the end, the 5.807km circuit could see the title fight turned up to eleven.
The iconic Esses, the two Degner Turns, the Hairpin, Spoon and 130R, the 18 turns at Suzuka are designed to separate the wheat from the chaff.
With the 2016 Super GT cars that make up the G2 Class producing downforce and mid-corner grip than the GT3 machinery in the G3 category, the lap time delta will be significant with apex speeds noticeably different. Clever driving might overrule outright pace at Suzuka.
Round 6: Laguna Seca, USA, 42 Laps (151.284km)
The penultimate round of the TRB-GT Championship sees drivers tackle one of the most iconic circuits in North America.
Laguna Seca, nestled in the Californian mountains just a short distance from the ocean, is notorious for producing exciting racing.
A narrow track surface, and the seemingly unconquerable 'Corkscrew', the G2 drivers will have a challenge on their hand to negotiate their way past the G3 battle pack.
Season Finale: Le Mans, France, 12 Laps (163.548km)
Is there a more fitting venue for the end of a multiclass season? The short answer: no.
The Circuit des 24 Heures at Le Mans is without doubt the most important circuit in motorsport history. Every centimetre of public road and purpose-built race track that makes up the 13.629km, circuit home to the 24h Le Mans, is hallowed asphalt in the racing world.
If the G2 and G3 championships are yet to be decided, there's no better arena to put it all on the line than at Le Mans, or will it be a victory lap for a dominant entry?