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Your guide to Gran Turismo 7’s Daily Races, w/c 12th September: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 12th September: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

This week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races feature Honda Civic racing at Laguna Seca, Gr.3s at Red Bull Ring and a Gr.1 event at Fuji.

We visit three historic venues in three different continents in Gran Turismo 7‘s Daily Races this week, with Laguna Seca, Red Bull Ring and Fuji International Speedway on the agenda.

Disappointingly, all races this week feature 1x Tyre Wear and Fuel Consumption, which takes away the element of strategy from proceedings. Although if you prefer uncomplicated sprint racing, this is the week for you.

As ever, Balance of Performance (BoP) is crucial, but the troublesome Gr.4 cars have been benched this time round in favour of the ridiculously fast Gr.1 cars. This doesn’t mean to say that there’s not been another BoP disaster, however…

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 12th September: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

As a reminder, we are now using GT7‘s new Balance of Performance (BoP) system, introduced in the v1.19 July update. BoP is now split into three categories depending on the type of track used: High-speed (H), Mid-speed (M) and Low-speed (L).

As of the 30th of May, Race A’s performance should not affect players’ Driver Rating (DR) and Sportsmanship Rating (SR). However, in a break from the norm, all of today’s races will count towards GT7 players’ DR and SR. A little circumspection and practice will be required before competing then!

RACE A

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 12th September: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

The trusty little 1997 Honda Civic Type R was the car of choice for boy racers in the late ’90s, and its VTEC engine was as much fun to rev as the Civic was to handbrake turn – as could be witnessed in any supermarket car park.

The EK9 shape model was the first Civic to undergo the Type R treatment, and featured a re-tuned engine and chassis, with bigger brakes and extra body stiffening to increase the sportiness of the driving experience.
Laguna Seca is a huge technical challenge to drive, but its dips and crests are ideal territory for a small Japanese hatchback. The track has been used throughout the decades in Can-Am, the American Le Mans Series and CART.

Just last night, (11th September) Spaniard Álex Palou took victory in the final IndyCar race of 2022. In the back of his car was a Honda Engine. Probably not the same one as the Type R, mind.

Race A uses the Low-Speed (L) BoP format.

Recommended car: Honda Civic Type R (EK) 97 – Used Cars dealership, 57,000 Credits or free rental)

Race B

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 12th September: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

The Honda theme continues for Race B, as the manufacturer’s baby supercar – the NSX – is the weapon of choice for Red Bull Ring’s straights and hairpins.

Notable for being a hybrid, the NSX was released in 2016 as a successor to the first generation of Honda’s epic driver’s car. Although it wasn’t quite as engaging to drive, the car’s 3.5l twin-turbo V6 could propel it to 62mph in less than three seconds, thanks to its four-wheel-drive system and 573bhp.

Red Bull Ring has undergone several transformations in its lifetime, starting life as the high-speed and dangerous Österreichring, before being shortened and upgraded into the A1-Ring ahead of its final destination under Red Bull ownership.

Race B uses the Mid-speed (M) BoP format.

Recommended car: Honda NSX Gr.3 (Brand Central 450,000 Credits or free rental)

Race C

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 12th September: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

It’s a bit of a BoP disappointment in Race C, as one car stands out as an overwhelming favourite among the Gr.1 contenders: Porsche 919 Hybrid ‘16.

Built to dominate the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and 24 Hours of Le Mans (which it did), the Porsche is a product of the LMP1 Hybrid regulations. Featuring a 2l four-cylinder engine coupled to a lithium-ion battery, the car produced a combined 900bhp output.

Added to its mass of just under a ton, the car was quick. Very quick.

It’s quite apt we’re racing at Fuji in Race C too, as the venue’s 2022 WEC race took place over the weekend (11th September), with Toyota taking a one-two result.

With Porsche returning to the top class of prototype racing in 2023 with its LMDh contender, it surely won’t be long before we see the Weissach manufacturer’s name back at the top of the timesheets.
Race C uses the Mid-speed (M) BoP format.

Recommended car: Porsche 919 Hybrid ‘16 (Brand Central, 3,000,000 Credits or free rental)

Lap Time Challenge

Gran Turismo 7's Lap Time Challenge,15th-29th September: Z Cars

The current Lap Time Challenge takes place at Autodrome Lago Maggiore – Full Course, using the Nissan Z Performance ’23.

A new Lap Time Challenge will begin on the 29th of September.

Recommended car: Nissan Z Performance ’23 (Brand Central, 69,660 Credits or free rental)


Race A

Race Information

Car: Honda Civic Type R (EK) 97

Track: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Laps: Four

No. Of Cars: 12

Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Comfort: Soft

Specified Car: Honda Civic Type R (EK) 97

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 B

Race Information

Car: Gr.3

Track: Red Bull Ring

Laps: Five

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Categories: Gr.3

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Racing: Hard, Intermediate, Wet

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


Race C

Race Information

Car: Gr.1

Laps: 13

Track: Fuji International Speedway

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 25 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Categories: Gr.1

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Racing: Hard, Intermediate, Wet

Required Tyre Type: Racing: Hard, Medium

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


Lap Time Challenge

Race Information

Car: Nissan Z Performance ’23, Mid-speed (M) BoP

Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – Full Course

Entry Period: 15th-29th September

Regulations

Categories: Nissan Z Performance ’23

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Sports: Hard

Car Restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed (M)

Car Used: Nissan Z Performance ’23

Car Settings: Specified

Race Settings

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

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