Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: Spirit in the Sky

Another fresh set of Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races is now available, with three new races at a mixture of real-world and fictional circuits around Europe for the next week.

The action begins as usual with a one-make race for Race A, and again using a high-end, Japanese-market classic in the shape of the Mazda RX-7 Spirit R. It’s available in the Used Cars Dealer if you don’t already have one — or have made yours ineligible with an engine swap — but you can borrow the car too.

You’ll be racing this run-out model at the Sardegna Road Track location, on the B layout but in the reverse direction. That means a tricky left-right first corner with a braking zone while turning and — particularly on lap one — a funneling effect as everyone tries to get it right.

It’s a five-lap race on Sports Hard tires, and as usual you’ll need to watch out for the False Start Check on the grid. For this you’ll need to hold the car on the brakes between the final light coming on and all going off, or you’ll end up with an on-the-spot cut in engine power which lasts as long after the start as the amount by which you jumped it.

However there’s no Driver Rating updates again this week, so you can just enjoy the race without fear of your finish position affecting your standings. Watch out though as Sportsmanship Rating updates remain active, so keep it clean.

For Race B and Race C we see a return of partial tuning. You can make adjustments to some of your suspension settings — damper compression and expansion, spring frequency, and anti-roll bar stiffness — as well as the torque levels of your race car’s differential. Brake balance settings are also available, but you can tweak this during the race too through the multi-function display settings.

Autodrome Lago Maggiore hosts Race B, with a five-lap run around the full course (also known as the GP course if you’re a Gran Turismo Sport player).

It’s the GT3-like Gr.3 category up this week, so it’s set to be a pretty quick race even if you’re saddled with the least grippy Racing Hard tires. After all, it’s a combination that has been in regular use since the beginning of GT Sport in 2017, so everyone should be familiar with the lines by now!

Race C is also looking to be a quick one, with the Gr.4 cars heading to the Red Bull Ring in the Styria region of Austria. This compact course only has ten turns officially, and one of those is just a gentle change of bearing on the uphill straight.

You’ll need to pay particular attention to the required pit stop this week. Failing to make a stop will earn you a one-minute penalty after the race, so you’ll need to make a trip to your box at some point in the 11-lap race.

Whether you take fresh tires is up to you, but neither than or a fuel top-up is not required. Indeed fuel consumption will be inconsequential at a 1x multiplier, but the 5x tire wear multiplier on Racing Mediums may make you consider whether to sacrifice two seconds in the pits for a stronger average lap time.

The mix of car drivetrains may make this more of a head-scratcher too. As usual, for a Gr.4 race, the Mazda 3 is the top qualifier and best bet for the race, but it’s front-wheel drive and will chew the tires quicker than a rear-wheel drive car. Of course differential and suspension settings are available so you may wish to tune to help with tire wear…

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 26.

Race A

  • Track: Sardegna Road Track – B Reverse, 5 laps
  • Car: Mazda RX-7 (FD) Spirit R ’02 – 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 GP, 5 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Suspension (Partial), Differential
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Race C

  • Track: Red Bull Ring, 11 laps
  • Car: Gr.4 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Medium
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Suspension (Partial), Differential
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 5x

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