Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: Nimble Stratos

Rally returns to the Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races this week, with a brand new set of three events to get to grips with (or otherwise) over the next seven days.

We see a return to the regular format this week too, with racing machinery in Races B and C, and a one-make road car race in Race A — and that’s where we see the Lake Louise snow track popping up once again.

It’s a six-lap race around the circuit’s Suzuka East-like Short Track, and as you may spot from the image above you’ll be wrangling the Lancia Stratos around the course — along with 11 other people.

You’ll obviously need to fit Snow tires, and watch out for the False Start Check on the grid start, which will result in an on-the-spot power cut for a few seconds after the lights go out. Hold the car on the brakes or handbrake once the final light has come on and until they go out to avoid this.

The short wheelbase of the Stratos makes it very eager to turn, so it’s set to be a pretty wild week on the low-traction surface. Fortunately, there’ll be no updates to either Driver Rating or Sportsmanship Rating this week, so you can race guilt-free.

Race B is a standard sprint event, this week involving the Gr.3 cars — similar to the real-world GT3 category — at the Watkins Glen circuit.

You’ll be racing on the full circuit, including the section known as “The Boot”, for this four-lap blast on Racing Medium tires. Note that you’ll have access to Brake Balance Controller adjustment — both before and on the fly during the race — but not other settings as we’ve seen recently.

That also applies in Race C, which is a high-speed, 14-lap race around Deep Forest Raceway for the Gr.2 cars.

This category consists of the six 2008- and 2016-season Super GT cars, as well as some old GT1 racing machines — the McLaren F1 longtail and Mercedes CLK-LM — and the Audi RS5 DTM car. You can select any of the nine, but it seems the Mercedes is the only way to go.

You’ll be required to use Racing Soft tires, and the relatively high 7x tire wear multiplier — meaning that your tires wear at seven times the normal rate — would likely necessitate a pit stop. Handily there’s a mandatory stop, so it’s a question of when you choose to pit.

Failing to make the stop, as improbable as it is, will earn you a one-minute penalty after the race. You’ll also need to watch out for any cars taking the pitlane entry which is on the racing line.

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 February 5.

Race A

  • Track: Lake Louise – Short Track, 6 laps
  • Car: Lancia Stratos ’73 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Snow
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check
  • Fuel use: Off
  • Tire use: Off

Race B

  • Track: Watkins Glen – Long Course, 4 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Medium
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race C

  • Track: Deep Forest, 14 laps
  • Car: Gr.2 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Soft
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 2x
  • Tire use: 7x

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