Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: Red on Blue

The latest set of Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races is now available, as three more events come into play for the next seven days for players to boost (or nerf) their ranking in the run-up to the upcoming official Gran Turismo World Series season.

A couple of oddities await us this week as we see the return of a very rarely used track and the unusual occurrence of a car and track combination appearing for two weeks in a row — although in a slightly difference format.

Race A once again brings us some of the content added in the recent 1.43 update, in the shape of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX on its standard Sports Hard tires. Many players will have used the car in a Time Trial challenge back at the start of the month, and now it appears in a Daily Race for the first time.

It’s this event that runs at the little-used circuit, as the fictional — and it seems appropriately named given the rarity of its appearances — Blue Moon Bay location pops up. The race takes place at the Infield A Reverse circuit, with a dramatic funneling effect into the first turn, over five laps.

As is now the norm for this race, Driver Rating updates are turned off but Sportsmanship Rating remains active. The first turn should therefore be interesting, and that’ll be magnified by the again usual “false start check” feature. Jumping the lights at the start will result in an on-the-spot cut in engine power for a short period, so keep the brake or handbrake on until the lights go out.

It’s Race B where we see some repetition, as we return to the Monza circuit for the second successive week — and once again in the Gr.3 cars on Racing Hard tires. Unlike last week’s longer event in Race C though, this is a short, five-lap blast with no tactical considerations.

Another change comes by way of vehicle tuning options. In addition to the Brake Balance adjustability — which you can do before or during the race — you’ll also have the chance to set up your car’s differential and limited suspension settings (damper, anti-roll bar, spring frequency). This ought not to make a major difference in a sprint race and outside of the very top level but is nonetheless an option available to you.

Finally we have Race C which takes the Gr.4 category vehicles over for a nine-lap race at the Autopolis circuit. It’s the full course, in all its off-cambered glory, and with a 5x tire wear rate multiplier your car choice may well affect how much your Racing Medium is screaming for mercy by the end.

Again, you’ll have the brake, differential, and suspension settings options available to you for the race, so you might want to tune for tire life rather than pure, one-lap pace. Alternatively you could take the hit of a couple of seconds in the pits to swap tires as there is a mandatory stop too.

This requires you to make one trip down the pit lane on any racing lap (therefore not before the start, if you qualify far back, or at the end of the final one to take the checkered flag in the pit lane) although you don’t need to pick up fuel — which shouldn’t be an issue with a 4x consumption multiplier — or fresh tires.

Failing to make the stop will earn you a one-minute post-race penalty, and be sure to practice pitting as the entry is nasty at this track and you want to avoid a three-second pit lane entry/exit penalty too.

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. A PlayStation Plus subscription is required to take part.

With GT7’s Daily Races updating every Monday across the game’s life to date, the next new set should arrive on Monday March 25.

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races March 18: Race A

  • Track: Blue Moon Bay – Infield A Reverse, 5 laps
  • Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX ’06 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Settings: Fixed
  • Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races March 18: Race B

  • Track: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, 5 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Differential, Suspension
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races March 18: Race C

  • Track: Autopolis International, 9 laps
  • Car: Gr.4 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Medium
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Differential, Suspension
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 4x
  • Tire use: 5x

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