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Your guide to Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races on September 12: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

This week’s Gran Turismo 7 daily races include Honda Civic races at Laguna Seca, Gr.3s at the Red Bull Ring and a Gr.1 event at Fuji.

We’re visiting three historic locations on three different continents this week in Gran Turismo 7’s Daily Races, featuring Laguna Seca, the Red Bull Ring and Fuji International Speedway.

Disappointingly, all of the races this week feature 1x tire wear and fuel burn, taking the strategic element out of the procedure. However, if you prefer uncomplicated sprint races, this is the week for you.

As always, Balance of Performance (BoP) is crucial, but the pesky Gr.4 cars have been benched this time in favor of the ridiculously fast Gr.1 cars. That’s not to say there hasn’t been another BoP disaster…

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races on September 12: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

As a reminder, we are now using GT7’s new Balance of Performance (BoP) system introduced with July v1.19 update. BoP is now divided into three categories based on the type of track used: high-speed (H), mid-speed (M), and low-speed (L).

Starting May 30th, Race A performance should not affect players’ Driver Rating (DR) and Sportsmanship Rating (SR). However, in a departure from the norm, all today’s races count towards GT7 players’ DR and SR. A little caution and practice is then required before you can compete!

RACE A

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races on September 12: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

The trusty little 1997 Honda Civic Type R was the car of choice for young racers in the late ’90s, and its VTEC engine was just as fun to rev up as the Civic was to slam on the handbrake – as you could see in any supermarket car park.

The EK9 molding model was the first Civic to receive the Type R treatment and featured a retuned engine and chassis with larger brakes and additional body stiffening to increase the sportiness of the driving experience.
Laguna Seca is an enormous technical challenge to drive, but its dips and crests are ideal terrain for a small Japanese hatchback. The track has been used in Can-Am, the American Le Mans Series and CART over the decades.

Just last night (September 11), Spaniard Álex Palou won the last IndyCar race of 2022. In the back of his car was a Honda engine. Probably not the same as the Type R, mind you.

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

Recommended car: Honda Civic Type R (EK) 97 – Used car dealer, 57,000 credits or free rental)

Race B

Your guide to Gran Turismo 7 Daily Races on September 12: 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 the straights and hairpins of the Red Bull Ring.

Known as the hybrid, the NSX was released in 2016 as the successor to the first generation of Honda’s epic driver’s car. Although it wasn’t quite as appealing to drive, the car’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 could propel it to 100 km/h in under three seconds thanks to its all-wheel drive system and 573 hp.

The Red Bull Ring has gone through several transformations over the course of its life, starting as the high-speed and dangerous Österreichring, before being shortened and expanded into the A1-Ring before reaching 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 Daily Races on September 12: VTEC Raceway Laguna Seca

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

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

Coupled with its mass of just under a ton, the car was fast. Very fast.

It’s quite fitting that we’re also racing in Race C at Fuji as the venue’s 2022 WEC race took place over the weekend (September 11) and Toyota clinched a one-two.

With Porsche returning to the pinnacle of prototype racing in 2023 with its LMDh contender, it certainly won’t be long before we see the Weissach-based 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 loan)

Lap time challenge

Gran Turismo 7 Lap Time Challenge, September 1-15:

The current Lap Time Challenge takes place at the Autodromo de Interlagos with Gr.2 cars.

A new lap time challenge begins on September 15th.

Recommended car: Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 ’16 (Brand Central, 800,000 credits or free rental)

Race A

race information

Car: Honda Civic Type R (EK) 97

Track: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Rounds: Four

Number of cars: 12

Launch Type: Grid launch with false launch check

Duration: 15 minutes

Fuel consumption: 1x

Tire wear: 1x

regulations

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous oxide: Prohibited

Tire choice: Comfort: Soft

Specified Vehicle: Honda Civic Type R (EK) 97

Car Restrictions

BoP/Tuning Prohibited: Slow (L)

Car used: garage car, event specific car

Vehicle Settings: Specified

race settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum number of pit stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

penalty settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: One

Penalty for cutting the pit lane line: One

Race B

race information

Car: Gr.3

Track: Red Bull Ring

Rounds: Five

Number of cars: 16

Launch type: Rolling launch

Duration: 15 minutes

Fuel consumption: 1x

Tire wear: 1x

regulations

Categories: Gr.3

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous oxide: Prohibited

Tire Choices: Race: Hard, Medium, Wet

Car Restrictions

BoP/Tuning Prohibited: Mid-Speed ​​(M)

Car used: garage car, event specific car

Vehicle Settings: Specified

race settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum number of pit stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

penalty settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: One

Penalty for cutting the pit lane line: One

Race C

race information

Car: Gr.1

Rounds: 13

Track: Fuji International Speedway

Number of cars: 16

Launch type: Rolling launch

Duration: 25 minutes

Fuel consumption: 1x

Tire wear: 1x

regulations

Categories: Gr.1

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous oxide: Prohibited

Tire Choices: Race: Hard, Medium, Wet

Required Tire Type: Race: Hard, Medium

Car Restrictions

BoP/Tuning Prohibited: Mid-Speed ​​(M)

Car used: garage car, event specific car

Vehicle Settings: Specified

race settings

DR Updates: Yes

SR Updates: Yes

Mechanical Damage: Light

Minimum number of pit stops: None

Track Limit: Normal

penalty settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

Penalty for collisions with other cars: One

Penalty for cutting pit lane lines: One

LAP TIME CHALLENGE

race information

Auto: Gr.2, Medium Speed ​​(M) BoP

Track: Interlagos Circuit

Registration period: September 1st – 15th

regulations

Categories: Gr.2

Wide Body: Prohibited

Nitrous oxide: Prohibited

Tire Choices: Race: Medium, Medium, Wet

Car Restrictions

BoP/Tuning Prohibited: Mid-Speed ​​(M)

Car used: garage car, event specific car

Vehicle Settings: Specified

Race settings

Track Limit: Normal

penalty settings

Shortcut Penalty: Light

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