GT Sport Daily Races: Blue Remembered Hills

Although Gran Turismo 7 is now out, GT Sport shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, with a new set of Daily Races now available to players.

This week’s offerings range from the relative dawdle of a diesel-powered hatchback to the fastest tin-top touring cars on Earth, with a very rare appearance from one of the game’s oval tracks.

Race A will take you to the Styrian hills around Spielburg, as you head to Red Bull Ring, for a short, six-lap sprint. In fact it’s even shorter than usual, as it’ll be the Short Track version of the circuit — technically the south circuit — which avoids the highest half of the track.

As a likely nod to one of GT7’s starter cars, you’ll be driving the Mazda Demio this week. It’s one of a handful of diesel vehicles that has ever appeared in the Gran Turismo series, but the torquey SkyActiv-D engine should be good for the elevation changes. Just pick your color (Soul Red is always a good choice) and go racing — even the Sports hard tires are automatically selected.

For Race B you’ll head to Blue Moon Bay. It’s rare to see this venue appear in Sport Mode at all, and even more rare that it’s the tri-lobe oval version, which you’ll race in the reverse direction this week.

That means the only real braking zone on the track is the final corner, which could see some last-lap divebombs if there’s positions on the line.

You’ll be racing Gr.3 cars this week, and that sets an interesting riddle. The Balance of Performance settings for Gr.3 is actually different on ovals tracks than it is on regular circuits, and that means there’ll be a slightly different pecking order; the current top ten times though do give away the fact that the Mitsubishi Lancer is the car of choice.

However you only need to pick your car and go racing (and slipstreaming) for ten laps, on the pre-fitted Racing Medium tires.

That leaves the endurance event, which sees the return of race strategy after a week off. Autodrome Lago Maggiore hosts Race C, with the West track — the version which misses out the turns 4-7 stadium section — the setting.

You’ll be racing Gr.2 cars in this 15-lap race. That’s the six cars from the Super GT series, one each from Honda, Lexus, and Nissan for each of the 2008 and 2016 seasons. As usual, the 2016 Lexus or Nissan will be the cars to pick.

There’s a mandatory tire requirement in effect this week, with compulsory use of both Racing Hard and Racing Medium tires. Players must drive at least one racing lap on each type of tire during the race — so you can’t get away with pitting on the last lap, or before the first if you’re far enough down the grid — or they’ll receive a one-minute post-race penalty.

These three races will run through to Monday March 14. It seems likely that another set will replace them, but we don’t have any further information at this time.

Race A

  • Track: Red Bull Ring – Short Track, 6 laps
  • Car: Mazda Demio ’15 – Provided Car
  • Tires: Sports Hard
  • Start Type: Grid Start
  • Fuel use: Off
  • Tire use: Off

Race B

  • Track: Blue Moon Bay – Speedway II, 10 laps
  • Car: Gr.3 – Garage Car
  • Tires: Racing Medium
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: Off
  • Tire use: Off

Race C

  • Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – West, 15 laps
  • Car: Gr.2 – Garage Car
  • Tires: Racing Hard*, Racing Medium*
  • Start Type: Rolling Start
  • Fuel use: 2x
  • Tire use: 7x

*denotes mandatory tire

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