GT Sport Daily Races: Eastern Promise

Gran Turismo Sport 1147 February 1, 2021 by

A new set of GT Sport Daily Races has arrived for the week, with two quite similar events and something rather different. You’ll be heading to Australia for a serious challenge at a well-known endurance event, and two point-and-squirt races at Japanese circuits.

Race A sees you visit one of the game’s fictional tracks. Kyoto Driving Park is a multi-circuit location — with one course even cut from the game — but this week you’ll be using the very short Miyabi layout.

The game will give you the car for the race, and it is a race car in name but seemingly not by classification. It’s the Mazda Roadster Touring Car, ordinarily a 200hp+ racer based on the first-generation NA Mazda MX-5/Miata/Roadster, but grouped among the N200 road class in GT Sport. For this week’s event it’s mildly downtuned, to 170hp powering a round metric tonne, for the eight-lap race where braking will be a rare occurrence.

You’ll also find this to be the case in Race B, which will take you to renowned time attack circuit Tsukuba. You can choose from any of the Gr.4 cars in your garage for the eight-lap race here, and for a change the front-wheel drive cars might not be the best option; the short straights don’t allow them to unleash their power advantage and the tight corners will reveal the drive train’s deficiencies.

This week’s endurance event will whisk you to Mount Panorama, and place you into Gr.3 cars — full racing machines loosely based on road cars, and the equivalent of the real world’s GT3 category — to replicate the circuit’s famed endurance races. It won’t be easy to pass on this tight course during the nine-lap race, but there will be some strategy at play.

Drivers can choose between the soft and medium race tire compounds but both will be required at some point during the race. Failing to use both tire compounds will see drivers getting a one-minute post-race penalty. A relatively high 7x tire wear multiplier might dictate how many laps you do on each, but strategies may differ between the front and back of the grid, and the odd lap count will likely see half the grid pitting a lap before the other half.

These three races will run through to Monday, February 8, when another new set of three will replace them.

Race A

Track: Kyoto Driving Park – Miyabi, 8 laps
Car: Mazda Roadster Touring Car – Provided Car
Tires: Sports Medium
Start Type: Grid Start
Fuel use: Off
Tire use: Off

Race B

Track: Tsukuba Circuit, 8 laps
Car: Gr.4 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Medium
Start Type: Rolling Start
Fuel use: Off
Tire use: Off

Race C

Track: Mount Panorama, 9 laps
Car: Gr.3 – Garage Car
Tires: Racing Medium*, Racing Soft*
Start Type: Rolling Start
Fuel use: 2x
Tire use: 7x

* denotes mandatory tire requirement

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