This week’s GT Sport Daily Races feature va va voom

Gran Turismo Sport Daily Races 19th April

A clever advertising campaign, that’s all it was. Launched in 2002, it featured French footballer Thierry Henry proclaiming that the Renault Clio had ‘va va voom’. It encapsulated something subjective, a feeling. It was saying while other cars may have more space, be safer, quicker, more economical, a Clio had a charm that you couldn’t put your finger on.

Little did Renault know, but these were halcyon times for the brand. The subsequent Clio models didn’t quite capture the imagination in the same way, and now the Boulogne-Billancourt-based manufacturer has a range full of nondescript SUVs like the Kadjar. To me, there’s no surprise that market share – in the UK at least – sits at 2.56 per cent, behind rivals such as Seat, Skoda, Nissan and Peugeot. They started chasing the head, not the heart.

But this week’s GT Sport Daily Races enable you to relive a time when driving a Renault was almost cool. It’s time to soak up a certain je ne sais quoi.

GT Sport Daily Races 19th April 2021

The Renault Sport Clio V6 24V ’00 makes another return to the Daily Race Fold. We used this recently, but that was around Monza and this time we’re at a different F1 venue for Race A – the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Grand Prix Layout.

Far from our favourite circuits, it turns out all you need to have a fun race around here is a rear-mid-engine French hatchback from the early 00s. Expect lots of panel rubbing across three laps on Sports Hard tyres.

Renault Sport Clio V6 24V 2000

As is often the case these days, Race B features any Gr.4 car that you have in your garage. To keep on the Renault theme, you have a choice of two. The front-engine and front-wheel-drive Mégane or the mid-engine rear-wheel-drive Mégane Trophy ’11. One is quick in a straight line, one is quick around the corners, choose your poison.

The largely forgettable Sardegna Road Track C II is the venue for this race, with the turn one hairpin set to see many a late-lunge under brakes.

Race C this week is one for strategy fans as across ten laps you must use the Racing Medium and Racing Soft tyres which means a mandatory visit to the pits. You can use any Gr.3 car that takes your fancy, so we’re taking the Renault Sport R.S.01 GT3 ’16.

A racing car that started life for a one-make series, but then morphed with some updates into a car competitive against GT3 machinery. It was also recently added to The Crew 2.

Racing around Tokyo Expressway East Outer Loop, we predict close battles that culminate in someone eating guardrail on the last lap.

Renault Sport R.S.01 GT3

You can view the full details below and we’ll be back next week with the latest ranked Daily Races. For now, let us know on social media if you’ve managed to snag a victory in a Renault during the latest Sport Mode events.

Race A 

Car: Renault Sport Clio V6 24V ’00
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Grand Prix Layout
Laps: Three
No. Of Cars: 12 
Duration: 15 Mins 
Tyres: Sports Hard
Fuel Consumption: None 
Tyre Wear: None 
Start Type: Grid Start

Race B 

Car: Gr.4, any 
Track: Sardegna – Road Track – C II
Laps: Seven
No. Of Cars: 16 
Duration: 15 Mins 
Tyres: Racing Hard
Fuel Consumption: None 
Tyre Wear: None 
Start Type: Rolling Start

Race C 

Car: Gr.3, any
Track: Tokyo Expressway – East Outer Loop
Laps: 10
No. Of Cars: 20 
Duration: 25 Mins 
Tyres: Racing Medium and Racing Soft (mandatory use of both)
Fuel Consumption: 2x 
Tyre Wear: 9x 
Start Type: Rolling Start

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