In the beginning: GT Sport Daily Races, w/c 13th December 2021

Thomas Harrison-Lord
In the beginning: GT Sport Daily Races, w/c 13th December 2021

One of the world’s largest automakers, Hyundai, has – over the past few years – build up a brand new premium brand called Genesis.

It rivals the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and soon when its EV models become available, Tesla. A cut above the standard Hyundai car, with its own buy-direct customer experience, the Genesis models aim to add an air of refined opulence to the crowded vehicle market.

But, before the new brand was created, there was a Hyundai model, rather confusingly, called the Genesis and it was a sporty, Nissan 370Z rival. That meant a coupe body shape, a V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. Those of us in Europe missed out, but the lucky folk in the USA were able to own them.

Available between 2008 and 2016, before being mothballed, rather confusingly the same exact name was also applied to a short-lived luxury saloon in 2015. But, it showed Hyundai’s intent, and now here we are with a range of premium Genesis models plus Gran Turismo concepts presumably coming to Gran Turismo 7 too.

In this week’s online Sport Mode Daily Races, you can enter each with the original Genesis, the Hyundai sports coupe, in tribute to the resurgent moniker.

Race A sees you driving the road-going Genesis coupe, with everyone in the same identical car and setups fixed. The diminutive Kyoto Driving Park Miyabi layout is the venue where there’s only one clear place for an overtaking manoeuvre.

Our one tip is to drive smoothly and defend into Turn 4. You have been warned…

Next up on our tour of Genesis is Big Willow. An old-school venue that will punish you for one wheel in the sand. The long, sweeping, final corner will always catch out the unwary because it’s not clear what the ideal line is.

Should you run wide just a fraction, you’re off into the desert and not coming back anytime soon.

Our recommended steed for this race is the Gr.3 Hyundai Genesis, of course, but if you don’t want to stick to the theme, you can use any car in this category.

The longer Race C this week also enables you to participate in a Hyundai Genesis thanks to it allowing any Gr.4.

13 laps and a 20-car grid around the narrow Brands Hatch Grand Prix will make for some close fights on track, and strategical moves in pitroad. The Racing Medium tyres are mandatory with 6x wear, so a pitstop visit will be required.

Full details of each race are below, and the playlist will next reset on Monday 20th December 2021. A reminder, Gran Turismo 7 is fast approaching – check out the newly revealed Vision Gran Turismo Porsche.

Race A 

Car: N300 – Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track ’13
Laps: Eight
No. Of Cars: 12 
Duration: 15 Minutes
Tyres: Sports Hard
Fuel Consumption: None 
Tyre Wear: None 
Start Type: Grid Start

Race B 

Car: Gr.3, any 
Track: Willow Springs International Raceway: Big Willow
Laps: Five
No. Of Cars: 16 
Duration: 15 Minutes
Tyres: Racing Medium
Fuel Consumption: None 
Tyre Wear: None 
Start Type: Rolling Start

Race C 

Car: Gr.4, any
Track: Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit
Laps: 13
No. Of Cars: 20 
Duration: 25 Minutes 
Tyres: Racing Medium
Fuel Consumption: 2x
Tyre Wear: 6x
Start Type: Rolling Start

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