Gran Turismo 7’s Lap Time Challenge, 19th January-2nd February: Ring(o) star

Thomas Harrison-Lord
Gran Turismo 7’s latest Lap Time Challenge for the end of January features a diminutive mid-engine sports car and the Nürburgring – will you score gold?
Gran Turismo 7's Lap Time Challenge, 19th January-2nd February - Ring

A new Lap Time Challenge within Gran Turismo 7‘s Sport Mode is now available, which means the chance for some big credit payouts.

This time, it’s the turn of the Nürburgring Grand Prix layout, and in a stock, non-tuned road car – a relief after the tricky Nürburgring Nordschleife and modified NSX combination in December.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 is a naturally-aspirated, mid-engine, sports car, and arrived virtually in September 2022, with the 1.23 update, following its racing Gr.4 version being in both GT Sport and GT7 since launch.

Gran Turismo 7 Lap time Challenge Sport mode January to February 2023

There are several key elements to a quick lap for this challenge. Braking for the first or corner correctly is critical, use the pitlane exit line and where the surface starts descending as a marker. If you’re coming in a little too hot, shift down to first gear to help the car pivot, but then almost immediately short-sift back up to second before the corner exit to avoid wheelspin.

Then the penultimate corner is a tricky chicane. You can use more kerb than you perhaps expect over the left-hander, see the image below as a reference. If you go all the way over onto the grass though, expect a penalty or a costly reset.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Gran Turismo 7

Over this phase of the corner, the car will bounce over the kerb, so keep steering inputs to a minimum, straight-lining the chicane as much as possible.

For the second phase of the complex, clip the kerb, but stay left of the bollard to stay safe, again like the reference image below.

It’s very easy to spin the rear wheels exiting the chicane, so be ready to short shift again, from second to third, if needs be.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Gran Turismo 7, chicane bollard

GT7‘s Lap Time Challenge is a time trial mode where you compete against other players to set the fastest time on the leaderboard. However, there’s a caveat: setting a lap within three per cent of the fastest time nets players 2,000,000 Credits.

If you aren’t quite quick enough for that then lapping within five per cent gains you 1,000,000 Credits, while a time inside 10 per cent of the fastest results in a 250,000 Credit payout.

At the time of writing, Gran Turismo Nations Cup World Series champion Coque López is the quickest, but the time will naturally progress as time goes on, so it’s always worth trying again on the closing day to guarantee a good payout.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Gran Turismo 7, drift

Recommended car: Porsche Cayman GT4 ‘16 (Brand Central, 130,000 Credits or free car rental)

Lap Time Challenge

Race Information

Track: Nürburgring GP

Entry Period: 19th January-2nd February 2023


Useable Tyres Sports Hard

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Regulations (Specified car)

Porsche Cayman GT4 ’16

Car Restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed (M)

Car Used: Garage Car, Event-Specified Car

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Gran Turismo 7 Lap time Challenge January to February 2023
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