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Your guide to Gran Turismo 7’s Daily Races, w/c 22nd August: The Rotary Club

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 22nd August: The Rotary Club

This week’s Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races feature Mazda RX-8s at Sardegna, Gr.3s at Willow Springs and Gr.4s at Dragon Trail.

It’s business as usual this week, as Gran Turismo 7‘s Daily Races are back to a pure Balance of Performance (BoP) format. That means there’s zero chance of upgrading your car and adjusting its set-up, which is a shame.

To start things off, we have a single-make race for Mazda RX-8s at Sardegna’s Road Track B Reverse layout (catchy name), with further races for Gr.3 and Gr.4 cars at Willow Springs and Dragon Trail respectively.

Polyphony Digital’s BoP calculations have been unsuccessful at equalising performance between cars, but at the very least Gr.3 racing is now closer than it’s ever been. On the other hand, the Gr.4 class is still dominated by four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 22nd August: The Rotary Club

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 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 22nd August: The Rotary Club

Race A is a single-make battle involving Mazda’s flagship sports car produced between 2002 and 2012 – the RX-8.

Designed as a follow-up to the truly extraordinary RX-7, the RX-8 garnered a solid reputation as a fun, well-equipped high-revving runabout… Until unreliability struck.

The cars used a rotary-equipped Wankel engine (named after its inventor, German engineer Felix Wankel), which although light and efficiently powerful, also tended to wear out quickly and consume vast amounts of oil. This is why it’s possible to pick up a decent example for as little as £3,000 these days.

The reputation for unreliability is a little harsh on the rotary engine, however, as Mazda used one in its 787B to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1991. Although it must be noted that Mazda hasn’t produced a rotary-engined production car since discontinuing the RX-8…

Still, its handling shines through in GT7, and a sporty run through Sardegna will help blow away those weekend cobwebs.

Recommended car: Mazda RX-8 Spirit R ’12 – (Brand Central, 32,500 Credits or free rental)

Race B

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 22nd August: The Rotary Club

We continue the Mazda theme in Race B, as we return to Willow Springs’ Big Willow layout. The BoP in Gr.3 races seems to be much fairer now than it has ever been, and the car selection for Race B is wide open as a result.

However, our pick of the bunch is Mazda’s RX-VISION GT3 Concept, which even though is fictional uses a rotary engine similar to that of the afore-mentioned Le Mans-winning 787B. The car also has a Stealth Model variant – a pre-order bonus car – which looks a bit cooler but offers no performance benefits over the base model.

Willow Spings’ Big Willow course is the track’s main layout. It’s the USA’s oldest permanent raceway and features fast, flowing corners with plenty of elevation changes. It’s perhaps best recognised for its desert location – every corner has a literal sand trap!

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

Recommended car: Mazda RX-VISION GT3 Concept (Brand Central 450,000 Credits or free rental)

Race C

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7's Daily Races, w/c 22nd August: The Rotary Club

This week, Race C is for the Gr.4 class. Alas, the tendency for Gr.4 races to be dominated by four-wheel-drive cars returns, and the Alfa Romeo 155 2.5 V6 TI re-enters the fold as the fastest Gr.4 example.

In contrast to the current Lap Time Challenge’s use of Dragon Trail’s Seaside configuration, we’re using its Gardens Reverse layout. This still plays into the hands of four-wheel-drive cars, however, as the tight hairpins and late-apex medium-speed corners favour total traction under both braking and acceleration.

The Alfa was a supreme car in the DTM championship in its heyday, thanks to its lightweight construction and high-revving 2.5l V6 engine. This 1993 variant alone took 13 wins out of 22 races in the renowned German Touring Car series.

It sounds unbelievably good.


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

Recommended car: Alfa Romeo 155 2.5 V6 TI ’93 (Legend Cars, 800,000 Credits or free rental)

Lap Time Challenge

The current Lap Time Challenge takes place at Dragon Trail’s Seaside layout, using Gr.4 cars.

A new Lap Time Challenge will begin on the 1st of September.

Recommended car: Nissan GT-R Gr.4 (Brand Central, 350,000 Credits or free rental)


Race A

Race Information

Car: Mazda RX-8 Spirit R ’12

Track: Sardegna – Road Track – B Reverse

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: Allowed

Nitrous: Prohibited

Tyre Choice: Sports: Hard

Specified Car: Mazda RX-8 Spirit R ’12

Car restrictions

BoP/Tuning Forbidden: Low-speed (L)

Car Used: Garage Car

Car Settings: Specified

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.3

Track: Willow Springs International Raceway: Big Willow

Laps: Six

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.4

Laps: 12

Track: Dragon Trail – Gardens Reverse

No. Of Cars: 16

Start Type: Rolling Start

Duration: 25 Minutes

Fuel Consumption: 1x

Tyre Wear: 1x

Regulations

Categories: Gr.4

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: 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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