Nations Cup champion Fraga knocked out of Gran Turismo World Finals

Jonathan Noble
Fraga in shock Gran Turismo World Finals knockout
Fraga in shock Gran Turismo World Finals knockout

Reigning Gran Turismo Nations Cup champion Igor Fraga suffered a shock exit from the World Finals in Monaco on Friday as a result of a first-corner spin.

Fraga, who was a race winner in the Formula Regional European Championship this year, started the weekend as one of the pre-event favourites, but it all went wrong within seconds of the start of his semi-final heat at the Red Bull Ring.

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Running behind main rival Mikail Hizal through the opening corner, Fraga ran over the sausage kerb on the exit and was pitched into a spin that put him in the barriers.

He dropped to last place, three seconds off the back of the field, and needed a top-seven finish to keep himself in the event and get a second shot in the Repechage race.

But despite a spirited recovery as he hauled himself back up to 10th, he could not move up far enough before the chequered flag so will not be a part of Sunday's final.

Hizal, who went on to take a comfortable victory, later consoled the dejected Fraga - with whom he has shared a long rivalry in the Gran Turismo events.

Australian Cody Nikola Latkovski triumphed in the second semi-final at Dragon Trail Seaside, while Takuma Miyazono won the third semi-final.

American Daniel Solis clinched his place in Sunday's final event with victory in the Repechage race at Laguna Seca.

The action in Monaco was overseen by world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has just launched a series of official time trial events for the Gran Turismo Sport series.

Hamilton, partnered by Fraga, finished third in a special Pro Am race around Spa-Francorchamps.

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