Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races, w/c 26th June: Viper nest

Ross McGregor
This week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races feature the SRT Viper GTS at Sardegna, Gr.4 action from Laguna Seca and Gr.3s at Watkins Glen’s Long Course layout.
Gran Turismo 7, Sardegna, Dodge Viper GTS

This week’s Gran Turismo 7 Sport Mode Daily Races have a bit of an American flavour this time round, with Races B and C taking place at opposite ends of the country.

Although Race A is set at the fictional Italian track of Sardegna, the car of choice is an All-American example of what happens when you plonk a massive engine into a simple chassis.

You can find GT7’s Daily Races in the game’s Sport Mode, offering online ranked racing where you will be placed within events based on your previous performances.

Race A

Gran Turismo 7, Sardegna, Dodge Viper GTS

Race A uses Sardegan’s Road Track – C layout. It’s a street course set in the countryside essentially, with barriers looming close to the racing line at every turn. So what better car to use on such a dangerous track than an overpowered, under-gripped Dodge Viper GTS? Umm…

The Viper – made by Dodge but re-badged under its SRT (Street and Racing Technology) performance brand – has been around since 1992, retaining its distinctive body shape and sonorous V10 engine.

With a frankly bonkers 640bhp – the most powerful normally-aspirated engine in the world at the time – and a staggering 600 lb-ft of torque, the Viper is a handful to drive, with short-shifting the best way to avoid wheelspin in the lower gears.

It’s amazing to think that the Viper nearly died off completely in 2010 thanks to parent company Chrysler’s financial woes. However, we have its new owner Fiat to thank for giving the car one last hurrah until 2017.

As a result of stricter emissions regulations and the dying sportscar sector we’ll probably never see its like again. Which is sad.

Recommended car: Dodge Viper GTS ’13 (Brand Central, 140,000 Credits or free rental)

Race B

Gran Turismo 7, Laguna Seca, Nissan Silvia Tiuring Car

It’s the turn of Gr.4 cars to shine in Race B, as we head to the first of this week’s two American venues. We first visit Laguna Seca (or WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, to give its official name)with players allowed the use of soft compound racing tyres in a six-lap sprint race.

Half the battle of Laguna Seca is staying away from the sandy run-off areas – there’s little margin for error – and its tight and twisty blend of bermed turns and blind entries make it a stern test for GT7 newbies.

And, of course, we have The Corkscrew, where the racing surface drops by five-and-a-half stories in the short space of a downhill chicane. Exhilarating. That’s why many people (me) describe Laguna Seca as the ‘Knockhill of California’…

Our recommended car is once again the Nissan Silvia spec-R Aero (S15) Touring Car.

Recommended car: Nissan Silvia spec-R Aero (S15) Touring Car (Brand Central, 350,000 Credits or free rental)

Race C

Gran Turismo 7, Watkins Glen, Gr.4, Toyota GR Supra

In celebration of Porsche’s BMW’s victory in the most recent IMSA round, we head to Watkins Glen for Race C, but instead of LMDh prototypes, we’re faced with a 10-lap Gr.3 race.

However, there’s a little strategy to work out with hard and soft racing tyres mandated for use in the race. The varying grip offered by each compound will create a large lap time discrepancy meaning choosing when to switch tyres is crucial to your final finishing position.

With a 6x tyre wear multiplier in action, players must balance speed with durability to prevent them from sliding off into the New York State countryside.

For best results, go with the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept Gr.3 car.

Recommended car: Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept ’18 (Brand Central, 450,000 Credits or free rental)

Lap Time Challenges

Two Lap Time Challenges are available at the time of publication. One takes place with the Aston Martin Valkyrie at the Red Bull Ring and the other is for the Genesis G70 3.3T at Brands Hatch, the latter of which is about the end soon.

Race A

Race Information

Track: Sardegna – Road Track – C

Laps: Five

No. Of Cars: 12

Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Useable Tyre and Types: Sports Hard

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Regulations (Specified Car)

SRT Viper GTS ’13

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Low-speed (L)

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

DR Updates: Off

SR Updates: Off

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On


Race B

Race Information

Laps: Four

Track: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Useable Tyres: Racing Soft, Intermediate, Wet

Category: Gr.4

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Low-speed (L)

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On


Race C

Race Information

Laps: 10

Track: Watkins Glen Long Course

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 25 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 6x

Regulations

Useable Tyres: Racing Hard, Soft, Intermediate, Wet

Required Tyre Type Change: Racing Hard, Soft

Category: Gr.3

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed (M)

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum No. of Pit Stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: On

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: On

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