Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: Name That Tune

The latest new set of Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races is now available, bringing a fresh trio of multiplayer events for players to dig into as preparation for the official Gran Turismo World Series later this month.

There’s a couple of small but significant changes in this week’s events, with Race A having a little shake-up to the usual order.

You’ll be taking part in a classic Gran Turismo race at Tsukuba Circuit, with the NA-based Mazda Roadster Touring Car as the vehicle for this eight-lap one-make event. However it’s not quite as simple as that, with the event opening up some tuning settings for the first time.

There’s only two items you can change here, with a wide range of suspension settings (ride height, dampers, spring frequency, camber) being one and the torque settings on the limited-slip differential the other. That means only minor effects on how the vehicle handles on the Sports Hard tires, but with the tight hairpins at Tsukuba it could make a larger difference.

It could be important too as this week’s race is one in which Driver Rating updates are enabled, as well as Sportsmanship Rating updates. This means your finishing position will directly affect your DR, which may be of use if you’re looking to get into a higher bracket for the GTWS. As usual though, watch out for the false start check on the grid; be sure not to move before the lights go out.

Race B this week has something of an enforced change as players head to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya course. The “No Chicane” layout of the GP course — missing out the final chicane — hosts this five-lap sprint race for Gr.3 cars on Racing Hard tires, with Brake Balance adjustment available.

However not all Gr.3 cars are eligible, as you’ll see from the “Specified Car” label. It’s not likely you’ll miss out on driving your favorite Gr.3 as there is only one exclusion from the category. That’s the Ford GT LM Spec II Test Car which has a glitch in the most-recently issued Balance of Performance update that gives it far too much power.

Update: As of the 1.45 version of the game, issued on April 4, this glitch has been fixed and the car added back into the eligible vehicles list.

That means it’s the turn of the Gr.4 cars in the longer, endurance-style Race C this week, which is a little shorter than the offering last week. You’ll head to the Watkins Glen Long Course for a mere nine laps in this road car-based category, with Racing Medium tires the only option.

As has become the norm for this race, there is a mandatory pit stop which you can take at any time so long as it’s neither before you reach the start line for the first time or as you’re approaching the finish for the final time. You don’t need to take fuel or tires, just head down the pit road — and take extreme care not to exceed the pit lane entry (particularly) or exit limits or you’ll earn a three-second penalty. Failing to stop at all garnishes your race time with a full minute of penalty time.

However it may be beneficial in some cars to take the extra couple of seconds to swap out the tires ,as a 5x tire wear multiplier may mean it’s tricky to reach the end on one set alone. The available Brake Balance adjustment may mitigate that a little, but heavy, or front- or all-wheel drive cars may struggle.

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, April 8.

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races April 1: Race A

  • Track: Tsukuba Circuit, 8 laps
  • Car: Mazda Roadster Touring Car – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Suspension, Differential
  • Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races April 1: Race B

  • Track: Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya – GP No Chicane, 5 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (M)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races April 1: Race C

  • Track: Watkins Glen – Long Course, 9 laps
  • Car: Gr.4 – 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: 5x

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