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Today’s Gran Turismo Sport update introduces a Le Mans legend and a brand-new track

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Gran Turismo Sport today gets the latest of its routine updates, and it’s a little an unique one.

There’s a new track in the form of Autopolis – a slightly leftfield addition, possibly, the relatively modern Japanese track does a minimum of offer a severe challenge in its two readily available configurations, and it supplies the backdrop for two series dear to Gran Turismo’s heart.

First there’s the Super GTs that are well-represented in Gran Turismo Sport’s present line-up, and after that there are the Super Solution cars and trucks that we now understand are coming later this spring. Given how the series has been a showing ground for F1 skill – Pierre Gasly finished from the series while Red Bull confident Dan Tictum is earning his stripes there this season – as well as a display for established Japanese names such as Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima, it should be a popular addition.

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In terms of vehicles we get the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the 2013 Pagani Huayra (bless you) and the darling of the minute, this year’s brand new BMW Supra. The highlights, though, are the humble however terrific Mk1 Mazda MX5 (the real-life trip of critical Eurogamer editor Oli Welsh, who’s delighted at the news) and the 1995 McLaren F1 GTR as gone into in that year’s edition of Le Mans by Kokusai Kaihatsu UK Racing.

And why is that car unique? Well, first it’s a masterpiece penned by Gordon Murray, and after that there’s the reality it triumphed in one of the most magnificent runnings of Le Mans, with the GT cars exceeding the more fancied prototypes with JJ Lehto’s night running in the rain showing definitive for the number 59 vehicle.

The real reason it’s so terrific though? Its sponsor was none other than the Tokyo Ueno Center, a Japanese plastic surgical treatment outlet that specialised in – how do I put this? – gentlemen’s embellishments. I got to see this very special McLaren F1 up close during a tour of the majestic McLaren Innovation Centre last year, and couldn’t assist screaming out ‘penis vehicle!’ in excitement when I identified it. I’m uncertain my guide was excessively satisfied.

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Ronald Antonio O'Sullivan OBE (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. He has won five World Championships, a record seven Masters titles, and a record seven UK Championships, setting a record total of 19 titles in Triple Crown tournaments. He shares the record for the most ranking titles (36) with Stephen Hendry. His career earnings of over £10 million put him in first place on snooker's all-time prize-money list. Winning the Tour Championship on 24 March 2019 made him the sport's current world number one, the fourth time in his career that he has held the top position and the first time he has been number one since May 2010. This is the longest gap between number one spells by any player in history.