Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: Mac and Me

Another new week means another new set of three Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races is now available, with some new combinations running across the next seven days.

A mild shuffling of venues occurs this week, as we return to the regular format of a one-make event in Race A, and Gr.3 and Gr.4 cars in the other two races.

Once again, Race A will see players’ Driver Ratings safe but Sportsmanship Rating will be affected as the “No DR/SR” format is jiggled once again. You’ll need to keep that in mind, as the race could be an SR sink if you’re not careful — or a good way to farm points if you forego a decent finish.

The car you’ll be racing this week is the McLaren 650S — the third car from the brand after the MP4-12C upon which it’s based and the P1 hybrid hypercar. And no, the F1 doesn’t count as it was made by a different company in the McLaren stable, with McLaren Automotive only coming into being in 2010.

Sardegna, a fictional racing facility based on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, hosts the action, at the Estoril-esque Road Track B layout. It’s a six-lap race, with the McLaren equipped with somewhat sketchy Sports Hard tires for the race.

There’s a Grid Start with a False Start Check of which you’ll need to be aware. In essence this gives you a short and immediate engine power penalty if you jump the start. Keep the car on the brakes — or handbrake — once all the lights have come on and until they go off.

Autodrome Lago Maggiore hosts Race B, essentially swapping the locations of Race A and Race B from last week. However it’s the full GP circuit you’ll be racing on this time, with your choice of vehicle from the Gr.4 category.

It’s a four-lap sprint race around the course, with Racing Hard tires required, but you’ll have some freedom in vehicle settings this week. As we’ve often seen over the last few months, that includes Brake Balance — which can even be adjusted on the fly during the race — but there’s also four areas of the vehicle suspension you can adjust.

This means you can set up the anti roll bar, dampers on both compression and expansion sides, and the spring natural frequency values — and it will be well worth checking GTPlanet’s GT7 Car Tuning forum for the best approaches for this.

You’ll have the same freedom on the Gr.3 cars for Race C at Fuji International Speedway, with the very same suspension components set as adjustable, but this race will be more of a test of who’s read the regulations…

That’s because there’s a pit stop requirement this week, and it comes as part of the regulations rather than a practical consideration. Your Racing Medium tires won’t wear significantly during this 11-lap race, even with a 5x wear rate multiplier, but the pit stop is mandatory.

It’s something you can take at any time during the race, and you don’t need to change tires or take on fuel (which also won’t be a factor this week); you just need to make one trip down the pit lane during the race — so no sneaking in at the end of lap 11 or, if you’re very far down the grid, before you cross the line to start the race…

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 20.

Race A

  • Track: Sardegna Road Track – B, 6 laps
  • Car: McLaren 650S – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race B

  • Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore, 4 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: Fuji International Speedway, 11 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Medium
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Partial Suspension
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 5x

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