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Your guide to Gran Turismo 7’s Daily Races, w/c 21st March: BoPping along

Gran Turismo™ 7, Renault Clio R.S. 220 Trophy '16, Tsukubu

It’s the third week of Gran Turismo 7’s Sport Mode Daily Races, and Balance of Performance (BoP) has reared its head for the first time, with all three races subject to strict controls over the cars and setup options available to players.

The good thing about this is that it ensures cars are as close as possible in terms of performance. The bad thing about it however, is that it takes away the ability for players to tune and setup their cars to be competitive.

Gran Turismo™ 7, Daily Races w/c 21st March 2022

Fans delighted by Gran Turismo 7’s return to its tuning and modifying roots might be a little disappointed, but close racing should be guaranteed.

As a side-note, it’ll be interesting to see how successfully Polyphony Digital manages to balance the performances of the Gr.3 and Gr.4 cars, as it’s a notoriously difficult thing to do in real and virtual motorsport.

RACE A

Gran Turismo™ 7, Renault Clio R.S. 220 Trophy '16, Tsukubu

It’s fairly easy to recommend a car for Daily Race A – there’s only one option!

Race A is a six-lap event for the Renault Clio R.S. 220 Trophy ’16 around Japan’s tight little Tsukuba circuit. In standard trim, the Clio Trophy has a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, outputting 217bhp through a six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) paddleshift gearbox.

The Renault Clio was the basis for one-make motorsport series around the world for the best part of three decades through Renault’s official Clio Cup series.

These days, Renault Clio racing is as popular as ever, with national championships in Spain, France and Italy, as well as Eastern European and European series. Most of the rounds see national grids combined for huge field sizes and close racing.

Slap on some Soft Comfort tyres and be prepared for bumper-to-bumper action!

Recommended car: Renault Clio R.S. 220 Trophy ’16 (Brand Central 32,000 Credits)

Race B

Gran Turismo™ 7, McLaren 650S GT3, Interlagos

For Race B we head to Brazil’s Autódromo José Carlos Pace, better known as Interlagos, for a five lap race with GT3-based Gr.3 racing cars. Again, it’s difficult to recommend a specific car for this event due to the BoP restrictions, but the McLaren 650S GT3 is emerging as a favourite among the GT7 community.

The McLaren 650S GT3 started its racing life in 2015, replacing the outgoing MP4-12C, (which had a relatively short shelf life of three years) both cars sharing the same twin-turbo V8 engine and precise handling ideal for Interlagos’s combination of medium to high speed turns.

It didn’t set the GT world alight however, but it did go on to win the 2016 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hours in the hands of Shane van Gisbergen, Álvaro Parente and Jonathon Webb.

As an alternative to the McLaren, the Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 ‘13 is another solid, mid-engined option.

Recommended car: McLaren 650S GT3 (Brand Central, 450,000 Credits)

Race C

Gran Turismo™ 7, Subaru Impreza Gr.4, Autopolis

It’s back to Japan for Race C, and the Autopolis International Racing Course.

Owned by eccentric investment banker Tomonori Tsurumaki and opened in 1990, the track was famous for displaying a Picasso painting on-site – It’s a bit like Michelangelo’s statue of David appearing on the inside of Mallory Park’s hairpin – until Tsurumaki went bankrupt.

Located in the sparsely-populated Aso Kujū National Park, the circuit was eventually purchased by motorcycle giant Kawasaki in 2005. Featuring an almost constant barrage of slow-to-medium-speed corners, the circuit hosts Japan’s largest motorsport championships – Super GT and Super Formula.

For this race, yet again choice is limited by BoP. Essentially, any Gr.4 car will be quick enough to be competitive, but we feel the four-wheel driven Subaru WRX Gr.4 and Mazda Atenza Gr.4 are excellent choices for this event given their awesome traction off tight corners.

There’s a bit of tyre wear and fuel usage to worry about in this one too, so make sure to stay focused on this tricky track.

Recommended car: Subaru WRX Gr.4 (Brand Central 350,000 Credits) or Mazda Atenza Gr.4 (Brand Central 350,000 Credits)


Race A

Race Information

Car: Renault Clio R.S. 220 Trophy ’16

Track: Tsukuba

Laps: Six

No. Of Cars: 12

Start Type: Grid Start

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Categories: Renault Clio R.S. 220 Trophy ’16 only

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Cannot be fitted

Tyre Choice: Comfort Soft

Race Settings

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Applicable

Car Used: Garage Car

Car Settings: Specified

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: Enabled


Race B

Race Information

Car: Gr.3

Track: Autódromo de Interlagos

Laps: Five

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Formation

Duration: 15 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Categories: Gr.3

Wide Body: Prohibited

Power: PP under 630

Weight: PP under 630

Nitrous: Cannot be fitted

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

Race Settings

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Applicable

Car Used: Garage Car

Car Settings: Specified

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: Enabled


Race C

Race Information

Car: Gr.4

Track: Autopolis International Racing Course

Laps: Ten

No. Of Cars: 20

Start Type: Formation

Duration: 25 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 2x

Tyre Wear: 2x

Regulations

Categories: Gr.4

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous: Cannot be fitted

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

Race Settings

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Appliicable

Car Used: Garage Car

Car Settings: Specified

Pit Lane Line Cutting Penalty: Enabled

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