Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races: Porsche Curves

A new set of Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races is available from today and running across the next seven days, with three new events on their regular schedule.

The races run along their usual lines, with a one-make event featuring a road car and a pair of races for the Gr.3 and Gr.4 categories that form the basis of the flagship Gran Turismo World Series Manufacturers Cup.

Unusually, Race A is entirely unranked this week, with updates for both Driver Rating and Sportsmanship Rating turned off. That means you won’t gain — or lose — any points in either category, no matter what your finishing position nor how clean your race ends up being.

That is kind of a shame as the race features one of the most engaging performance cars of the early 2000s, in the shape of the 996-generation Porsche 911 GT3. The first 911 to bear the GT3 name, it’s essentially the peak of the 911’s traditional recipe: a naturally aspirated, flat six engine (now water-cooled) positioned way out back and driving the rear wheels only.

You’ll be racing the 911 on Sports Hard tires at a similarly legendary track, with two laps of the 24 Heures du Mans circuit. Formerly called the Circuit de la Sarthe in GT games, it’s the venue for the annual Le Mans 24 Hours, and you’ll be driving the version without the two chicanes on the Hunaudieres straight.

There’s a standing start, with a false start check enabled as is the norm for Race A now. You’ll need to hold the car on the brakes or handbrake between the final start light illuminating and lights out to start the race. Should your car move at all in this period you’ll get a short, on-the-spot penalty that cuts engine power.

Once again, it’s the Gr.3 cars up in Race B, with a four-lap sprint around the Trial Mountain circuit set to provide the highest-speed action this week. There’s few considerations this week as most settings are fixed once again, only allowing for brake balance adjustment. Just select your preferred Gr.3, ensure it’s on standard Racing Hard tires, and go racing.

That leaves the Gr.4 cars in Race C, which is a 20-lap run around the very compact Autodrome Lago Maggiore Center course. As this is in the regular direction, it places the slow left-right complex first, and the tricky, cambered right-hander — a favored punting spot for the game’s poorer-mannered drivers — as the final turn.

There’s only a couple of things that you’ll need to pay close attention to in this week’s race. Settings are simplified again, with only anti-roll bar and damper (compression and extension) settings available in terms of suspension and just brake balance aside from that.

You won’t need to be too alert to tire wear or fuel consumption, as the multipliers are both set to 1x, meaning that any car will easily reach the end of the race without taking on more fuel or a fresh set of the Racing Hard tires. However you will need to make a trip down pit lane as there is a mandatory stop once again; failing to do so will earn you a one-minute penalty after 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. 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 29.

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races April 22: Race A

  • Track: 24 Heures du Mans Circuit No Chicane, 2 laps
  • Car: Porsche 911 (996) GT3 ’01 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Settings: Specified
  • Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races April 22: Race B

  • Track: Trial Mountain, 4 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races April 22: Race C

  • Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – Center, 20 laps
  • Car: Gr.4 – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Partially Allowed – Brake Balance, Suspension
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 1x

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