Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: California Reaper

The latest set of Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races is now available, bringing three new events for the next seven days at a trio of real-world circuits — one of which is rarely seen in the rotation.

That comes in Race A, which once again sees Sportsmanship Rating enabled in the race settings. It’s the third week in a row that PD has departed from the established “No DR/SR” format, and this week it could be the race where your SR goes to die.

Willow Springs hosts the racing action, but at the incredibly compact Horse Thief Mile course. This mile-long loop is seemingly constructed entirely out of uphill or downhill hairpins, and is very much a track where you don’t want lots of power or understeer.

Naturally then, you’ll be racing the new Garage RCR Civic, a near-400hp, front-wheel drive time attack car added to the game in update 1.38 courtesy of winning the GT Award at SEMA in 2017. Because of course you will.

The Civic will be wearing Sport Medium tires for the six-lap race, and you’ll need to watch out for the False Start Check enabled for the race too. Jumping the start will see your engine power cut right there and then, likely resulting in you being the scene of a major crash on the grid, so keep the brake or handbrake engaged once all of the lights come on and until they go out.

Some slightly more normal racing appears in Race B, which heads to the Red Bull Ring in Austria. This is a five-lap sprint race for the GT4-like Gr.4 category cars, and you’ll have free choice over any vehicle from the class so long as it’s equipped with Racing Hard rubber.

One notable change for this week is a broader availability of specific vehicle settings. As well as Brake Balance adjustment — which you can do on the fly, during the race — you can adjust more parts of the suspension than ever before.

Anti-roll bar, damper (compression and expansion), and natural frequency settings are all available to set how you please ahead of the race. This could have a significant effect on the normal rankings of the Gr.4 cars, bringing different vehicles into play.

That also applies in Race C, which is an eight-lap race of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, and you could be looking at tuning for tire life more than outright lap speed here.

You’ll have both Racing Medium and Racing Soft tires available to you, but both are also mandatory. That requires that you use a full set of each tire for at least one lap during the race — so no sneaking into the pits before the start, if you’re far enough back, or on the very last lap — or you’ll pick up a one-minute penalty after the race.

That’ll be exacerbated by a high tire wear multiplier, this week set at 8x and resulting in your tires wearing eight times faster than the normal rate. You’ll need to make the most of the Soft tires then, without running them so far that they fall off and become slower than new Mediums.

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 updating every Monday across the game’s life to date, the next new set should arrive on Monday November 6.

Race A

  • Track: Willow Springs – Horse Thief Mile, 8 laps
  • Car: Garage RCR Civic – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Sports Medium
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race B

  • Track: Red Bull Ring, 5 laps
  • Car: Gr.4 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Partial Suspension
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race C

  • Track: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, 8 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Racing Medium†, Racing Soft†
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Partial Suspension
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 8x

denotes mandatory tire

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