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Your guide to Gran Turismo 7’s Daily Races, w/c 15th August: Blue Monday

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 15th August: Blue Monday

This week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races feature an open choice at Blue Moon Speedway, Gr.2s at Fuji and Gr.3 racing at Maggiore.

In a welcome continuation, Race A of Gran Turismo 7‘s Daily Races gives players the chance to tune and set up a car. And even better – following on from last week’s chance to customise the performance of an E46 BMW M3, this week the car choice is completely open (within certain criteria, naturally).

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).

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 15th August: Blue Monday

The BoP has been fairly unsuccessful at equalising performance, however – especially in the Gr.4 class, where four-wheel-drive cars reign supreme – but the more popular Gr.3 cars do seem to be on the right track at least.

As of the 30th of May, Race A will not affect players’ Driver Rating (DR) and Sportsmanship Rating (SR). This means it’s ideal for newcomers to online racing, or those simply unwilling to risk their hard-fought DR and SR

RACE A

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 15th August: Blue Monday

As mentioned previously, GT7 players can flex their tuning muscles in Race A this week. As long as you have a road car with less than 246bhp, weighing at least 1,100kg, anything goes.

These power and weight figures place your car choice slap bang in the heart of front-wheel-drive hot hatch territory. And our recommended car is one of the best-looking examples of the past two decades: the Volkswagen Scirocco R.

Although based on VW Golf underpinnings, the Scirocco had coupe looks which made it a desirable option for people craving a practical performance car without sacrificing design. I liked them so much I bought a 2.0l TSI version a few years back… (although VW technicians thought that losing over a litre of oil every thousand miles was acceptable – long story)

The R version produced slightly more power than the TSI (from the same engine) and the DSG-gearbox version could do the 0-62mph run in just 5.6s – impressive considering its front-engined, front-wheel-drive layout.

As far as tuning goes, you will have to fit a power restrictor to get under the 246bhp limit, as the R comes with 252bhp as standard. The next step is to reduce its weight by purchasing Weight Reduction in the Tuning Shop, with any shortfall supplemented by the addition of ballast.

After improving the car’s suspension, braking and transmission why not have a look at our GT7 front-wheel-drive set-up guide for set-up tips? Try lowering the car’s ride heights and adding more negative camber for starters, they’re sure-fire ways to improve lap times. Obviously, adding a ridiculous-looking wing and over-sized alloy wheels has the same effect.

Race A takes place at Blue Moon Speedway’s Infield A Reverse course. It’s a fairly uninspiring track, but at the very least the oval’s banking gives you a chance to stretch your car’s legs.

Recommended car: Volkswagen Scirocco R ‘10 – (Brand Central, 51,500 Credits)

Race B

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 15th August: Blue Monday

We return to Gr.2 cars for Race B this time, with Japanese Super GT and 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 cars available to choose from. The track is Japan’s Fuji International Speedway, which should give you a hint as to the type of car you need to pick…

That’s right, the GT500 cars of the Super GT series are head and shoulders above the Le Mans cars in Race B, and we recommend using the 2016 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Powered by a 2.0l, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the GT-R has been the most successful GT500 model in Super GT history, winning titles in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

It has won races in the top class of Japanese touring car racing every year until the model was retired at the end of 2021, much to the dismay of racing fans who loved its aggressive looks.

Fuji is a track that suits the GT-R – Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda piloted this very car to a win in the second round of the Super GT championship in 2016.

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

Recommended car: Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 ‘16 (Brand Central 800,000 Credits or free rental)

Race C

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 15th August: Blue Monday

Race C adds an element of strategy to this week’s Daily Races, as tyre wear is set to 10x. The Mazda RX-VISION GT3 CONCEPT is an excellent choice in Gr.3 this week, however, the Porsche 911 RSR (991) is equally as potent, and with its flat-six soundtrack, you’d be mad not to pick it.

The car was a massive success in its GTE guise, claiming 10 FIA World Endurance Championship class wins from 15 starts, as well as 10 wins from 33 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship starts.

We return to the well-worn Autodrome Lago Maggiore track for Race C, this time visiting its East layout. It’s a low-speed, technical track that will test the tyre-saving abilities of GT7 players.


Race C uses the Low-speed (L) BoP format.

Recommended car: Porsche 911 RSR (991) ‘17 (Brand Central 450,000 Credits or free rental)

Lap Time Challenge

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Lap Time Challenge, 4th-18th August: Super Skyline!

The current Lap Time Challenge takes place at the Red Bull Ring using the Nissan Skyline Super Silhouette Group 5 ’84 car.

A new Lap Time Challenge will begin on the 18th of August.

Recommended car: Nissan Skyline Super Silhouette ’84 (Legend Car dealership, 1,150,000 Credits or free rental)


Race A

Race Information

Car: Road Car

Track: Blue Moon Bay Speedway – Infield A Reverse

Laps: Six

No. Of Cars: 12

Start Type: Grid Start with False Start Check

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Wide Body: Allowed

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Comfort: Soft

Power: 246bhp or less

Weight: At least 1,100kg

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Off

Car Used: Garage Car

Car Settings: Allowed

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

Car: Gr.2

Track: Fuji International Speedway

Laps: Six

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Categories: Gr.2

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Racing: Soft, Intermediate, Wet

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Mid-speed

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.3

Laps: 15

Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – East

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 25 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 10x

Regulations

Categories: Gr.3

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Racing: Hard, Medium, Intermediate, Wet

Required Tyre Type: Racing: Hard, Medium

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Low-speed

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: Gr.4, Mid-speed (M) BoP

Track: Dragon Trail – Seaside

Entry Period: 18th August – 1st September

Regulations

Categories: Gr.4

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

Track Limit: Normal

Penalty Settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

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