GT Sport Daily Races: Winged Wonders

A new week brings another new set of Gran Turismo Sport Daily Races, with wings being the theme for the next seven days. All three races feature downforce in one form or another and to varying degrees of importance.

It’s going to be less of a factor in Race A, which pairs a pretty small car with a very small circuit. You’ll be racing the “Touring Car” version of the first-generation Mazda Roadster, which is curiously classed as a road car in the game and generally — including in this race — uses street tires.

The Kyoto Driving Park venue hosts the race, at the tiny Miyabi layout. In these relatively low-speed cars and on medium grade tires, there’ll be a single proper braking zone which will likely prove the focal point for all chaos. It’s an eight-lap race, but it’ll be over before you know it.

Race B channels the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Online Championship, with an open race for Gr.3 race cars — equivalent to real world GT3 — at the Interlagos circuit.

You won’t need to worry about fuel or tire life in this five-lap sprint race, so it’s just a case of picking your favorite Gr.3 and going racing.

This week’s third race has a couple of special considerations though. Firstly, it’s a one-make race and that means you’ll need to own the car in question. That’ll require three million credits, as it’s the Gran Turismo Red Bull X2019 Competition.

Derived from the very first Red Bull X car — originally called the X1 before a subtle name change to X2010, reflecting its appearance in 2010’s Gran Turismo 5 — the X2019 Competition is designed for… well, competition.

It’s a slightly less aero-dependant version of the car, intended to allow for closer racing, with a three-liter V12 instead of a turbocharged two-liter V6. After appearing in the Nations Cup, painted in national liveries, the car landed in GT Sport in 2019.

Once you’ve picked up the car though, it’s pretty simple. You’ll be racing for five laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe, which hosts the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Again, and for the third successive week, the race will get underway with a grid start featuring the False Start Check. That means you’ll need to hold the car on the brakes once the fifth start light comes on and not set off until they go off to start the race. Any jump starts result in a reduction of power, which generally allows the rest of the grid to stream past — or streak off into the distance.

You’ll also need to be aware of the tire wear multiplier. This week it’s set at 5x, which means the five laps and 42+ miles will feel like 25 laps and more than 200 miles to your Racing Hard tires. There’s no pit stop required, but it might get a bit sketchy towards the end of the race.

The three races will run through to Monday January 31, when another set 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: Autodromo de Interlagos, 5 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage Car
  • Tires: Racing Medium
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: Off
  • Tire use: Off

Race C

  • Track: Circuit de la Sarthe, 5 laps
  • Car: Red Bull X2019 Competition – Garage Car
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check
  • Fuel use: 1x
  • Tire use: 5x