Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: A Date With Daytona

Another new set of Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races is now available, this week brought to you by the letter “D”.

Daytona is the venue for two of the three races, with the fictional Dragon Trail location hosting the last event. However there’s one significant change of which players should be aware.

Starting this week, one of the three races is now effectively unranked. While it’s still a regularly scheduled event in the same manner as the other Daily Races, you’ll neither lose nor gain Driver or Sportsmanship Rating points, no matter how well — or how badly — you drive.

For this week that’s Race A, which consists of a seven-lap blast around the Daytona Tri-Oval. You’re restricted to Gr.3 cars — the GT7 equivalent of the real-world GT3 category — and only those from the USA.

That means you’re limited to the Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang, and three flavors of Ford GT for the race. Whichever you choose, it’s a simple, full-throttle sprint on Racing Hard tires.

Race B heads over to Croatia and the Dragon Trail circuit. It’s the GT Sport-classic Seaside course, complete with the infamous Chicane of Death this week, and the track is hosting Gr.4 cars for the race.

Again there’s no specific rules to worry about, with another straightforward sprint from lights to flag, this time over four laps. Just pick your preferred machine — and it looks like another week of AWD dominance — and go racing.

While Race C also takes place at Daytona, it’s the Road Course layout and there’s more specific car restrictions to bear in mind.

Although it’s a Gr.1 race, for cars either in the top class of endurance racers or designed to emulate them, you have a further limitation that only allows cars from the Group C era. That means you’ll need to select from the Jaguar XJR-9, Mazda 787B, Mercedes Sauber C9, Nissan R92CP, and Porsche 962 for the race.

These are high-value cars which appear in the Hagerty Collection of Legends Cars periodically, but if you don’t have one, don’t have the cash, or they’re not available to buy (only the Sauber C9 is at time of writing), you can still borrow one.

As of the 1.13 update, players can rent “event-specified cars” for any scheduled races. If you don’t have a suitable vehicle, want to try something different out, or just want to keep the miles off your own vehicles, you can borrow one for the race — though you’ll be limited to standard liveries.

Otherwise, the event is a 12-lap race with 4x fuel consumption and 3x tire wear. That means you’ll need to use less than 9% of your fuel per lap, and the race will generate 36 laps’ worth of wear on your Racing Medium tires. As a result, you’ll likely need to take a trip down pit road, and Daytona’s Road Course has an awkward pit exit.

As with all of the events for the past couple of months, “Balance of Performance” (BOP) is in effect for all three races. That means all vehicles have a specific power output and weight setting to roughly equalize one-lap performance, with tuning and settings tweaks prohibited.

In order to access the Daily Races, you’ll need to unlock Sport Mode, by completing Menu Book 9 (“Championship: Tokyo Highway Parade”) in the GT Cafe single player hub.

With GT7’s Daily Races so far updating to the same weekly schedule as that of most of GT Sport’s life, we’d expect the next new set to arrive on Monday June 6.

Race A

  • Track: Daytona – Tri-Oval, 7 laps
  • Car: Gr.3, United States – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP
  • Tires: Racing Hard, Racing Inter/Wet
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race B

  • Track: Dragon Trail – Seaside, 4 laps
  • Car: Gr.4 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP
  • Tires: Racing Hard, Racing Inter/Wet
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race C

  • Track: Daytona – Road Course, 12 laps
  • Car: Jaguar XJR9, Mazda 787B, Mercedes C9, Nissan R92, Porsche 962 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP
  • Tires: Racing Medium, Racing Inter/Wet
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 4x
  • Tire use: 3x

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