JGTC vs Group "C" Ver. 1.0at Professional Hall Gran Turismo World Championship After running this series so early in the "Game" that I hadn't even found the "Driving Aids" box & ran the whole thing w/MAX ASM & TCS...I thought I'd go back & run it again. Since I'd won eight out of ten with the Minolta TOYOTA (NO HP Upgrades & Nearly NO Tuning!) I knew ANY of the LMP cars would kill the competition. So I opted for a JGTC Ride & since I don't really like to spend Credits unnecessarily I used the NISSAN MOTUL PITWORK Z (JGTC) '04 won at the Japanese GT Championship. PD usually makes the SUPRAs the class of the JGTC Racers but I haven't purchased one yet so I really don't know. Only additions were R2 & R4 Tyres (Didn't use the R-4s), BIG Turbo, Roll Bar & an Oil Change. HP=973 which gave a P/W ratio of 1.110. The best I can tell w/out the aid of MKs excellent program, the competiton was around .881 to .944. Given that I drive better then the "AI" (Hopefully, at least) & that the JGTC Ride has LOTS less Downforce I hoped for 10 close races. I Pre-Ran each track to set the "Auto" only...NO "Tranny Trick" (which is normally good for quite a bit of time) & I kept chassis tuning to a bare minimum. Just kinda "Slammed" it, firmed up the "Stabs" & Maxxed out what Downforce there is. Decided to qualify for each race even though starting from 6th I was able to win two "Test" Races (Hong Kong & Grand Valley). They're two of my favorite tracks however so I wasn't real surprised. Also decided to make a Pit Stop at each Venue, running "HARD" Tyres & NOT Pitting would make it even easier to win the series IMO. As it turned out NO Pit Stop was the "Norm" at the final race so I didn't stop either. These figures: [xxx] are from my first time thru with the Minolta TOYOTA. Finish = Place / Race Time - Fast Lap. MOV = Margin of Victory (Where applicable!) Race #1 Tokyo Rte 246 (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 1'24.262 Finish 1st / 14'26.746 - 1'21.357 (Lap #9) [1'22.583 / 1st] MOV 11+ Seconds Nothing special, just noticed that unlike GT3 I'm occasionally having a little trouble getting "Loose" thru the Chicane just before T-2! Race #2 Twin Ring Motegi Super Speedway (83 Points) Qualified 4th / 30.991 Finish 4th / 10'54.931 - 30.357 (Lap #20) [0'28.349 / 1st] MO "Loss" +1 Lap Knew from the "Git-Go" there was NO Podium finish likely in this round. Also found out why its worth so many A-Spec Points w/this Ride! The lack of downforce disadvantage was just too much to overcome as I could stick with 'em down the straights but they Toasted me in the corners, especially the tighter one. But there was one VERY Strange occurance! First or Second Lap after I pitted (Lap #11) saw one of the Nissans "Sideways" in the front straight & managed to avoid him. Next lap he was near the same spot & this time I "T-Boned" him atempting to slip by on the inside. (Bad move, should have gone to the outside! ) Stopped me dead but "Dislodged" him from what ever his problem was. Most Likely would have finished 3rd If I'd have avoided contact! I'll have to check the replay to see what transpired. Race #3 Hong Kong (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 1'10.xxx Finish 1st / 21'49.247 - 1'09.484 (Lap #13) [1'13.445 / 4th] MOV 19+ Seconds Not surprised I managed to win this one as it's one of the two races I "Pre-Tested" before attempting the series. Same strategy I used with the Minolta TOYOTA when I re-ran it worked well again. Race #4 Seoul Central (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 0'51.414 Finish 1st / 16'14.520 - 0'48.785 (Lap #18) [0'47.144 / 1st] MOV 19+ Seconds Nothing special...blah, blah, blah..."AI" doesn't seem to like this one! Race #5 El Capitan (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 1'32.663 Finish 1st / 17'03.366 - 1'28.055 (Lap #11) [1'26.463 / 1st] MOV 25+ Seconds Got a bad start & dropped to third immediately then smacked the Minolta Toyota from the rear when he suddenly slowed for the first left. Managed to regain first before the tunnel but then Looped it at the Camp Curry Curve & dropped back to 4th Passed two of 'em to regain second by the end of the first Lap. Pitted at the end of Lap #6 with a 5 second lead. Came out (As usual) in forth., 20 seconds back. Slipped back into the lead at the end of Lap #8 as all three pitted together. Race #6 New York (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 1'24.021 Finish 1st / 21'05.684 - 1'21.887 (Lap #16) [1'18.686 / 1st] MOV 31+ Seconds Fairly uneventful. Must note that the "AI" doesn't do well here either. Hugh "MOV" reflects this. Race #7 Opera Paris [Reverse] (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 1'16.256 Finish 1st / 23'10.611 - 1'14.456 (Lap #6) [1'11.054 / 1st] MOV 5+ Seconds I ran this the wrong direction yesterday establishing the "Auto Set" but it worked OK. Seems a LOT Bumpier in this direction however! Uneventful until Lap #3 when I was gazing at the scenery & missed my braking point! Lost most of the 5 second lead I already had! Rear tyres were nearly "Toasted" when I came in on Lap #9. So for the remainder of the race I "Short Shifted" & tried to go thru each corner 1 Gear "Higher" than normal in an attempt to minimize wheel spin. Seemed to work as they only started to Fade again 3/4 of the way thru Lap #18. Due to my "Brain Fahrt" & not adding a touch of TCS this proved to be the closest finish of the eight that I "Won". Race #8 Suzuka (57 Points) Qualified 1st / 1'49.402 Finish 1st / 16'32.720 - 1'44.781 (Lap #8) [1'43.729 / 1st] MOV 12+ Seconds Another poor "Standing Start" & 3rd or 4th into Turn #1 but back in first thru the "Esses" on Lap #1, the "AI" don't seem to like this sector! Only "Mystery" is why this race awarded 3 more points than most of the others? Race #9 Grand Valley [Reverse] (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 1'39.381 Finish 1st / 18'31.897 - 1'36.404 (Lap #5) [1'32.077 / 1st] MOV 18+ Seconds A carbon Copy of Suzuka's start put me in 4th into Turn #1 again but back in first by the final turn. Then outta nowhere the NISSAN R92CP blows back by me before the first tunnel then he bobbles a bit entering the 2nd tunnel & I get by on the inside.I thought "Wow, this is finally gonna be a Race!" but he almost instantly drops back 4 seconds. I'll have to check the replay to see what happened. Into the pits at the end of Lap 6 & back out in 4th as usual. Hoped I'd find a "Race" but the leaders pitted in on Laps 7 & 8 and I never saw them again! Race #10 Circuit de le Sarthe I (54 Points) Qualified 1st / 3'25.062 Finish 2nd / 13'54.858 - 3'23.xxx (Lap #2) [3'28.976 / 4th] MO "Loss" + 2.247 Seconds With the Rolling Start all went well & I was slowly pulling away from the field. I was slightly quicker thru the turns & they made some of it up on the straights.Then on Lap #3 just at the start of the Mulsanne I caught a little grass & looped it out. All three "Fast Guys" got by & I set about catching them. I was right with #2 & #3 at the end of the Straight & tried a daring "Inside Pass" that backfired. The NISSAN R89C stuck his nose in my left door & slowed us both down while the leaders escaped! I quickly got around him but the damage had been done & to add more I looped it "Unassisted" at "Indianapolis Corner!" Slowly reeled the leaders in as the R89C ducked into the Pits. Well into the final Lap & was fast catching the Minolta TOYOTA when much to my amazement he slid off into the dirt. Now second is mine & I can just see the NISSAN R92CP as he's nearing the Pit Entrance. I'm hoping he'll do something stupid & pit in but he doesn't! Instead he blows the final Chicane before the Finish Line & I manage to close the Gap to less than 3 seconds...but too late! Without the two loops it would have been an easy victory. [Not sure but 1st time thru w/Minolta TOYOTA I think I "Assumed" everyone would Pit...so I did & got "Burned!"] FINAL RESULTS: NISSAN MOTUL PITWORK Z (JGTC) '04 // 89 Points NISSAN R92CP Race Car '92 // 52 Points TOYOTA 88C-V Race Car (MINOLTA) '89 // 49 Points NISSAN R89C Race Car '89 // 37 Points MERCEDES-BENZ AMG CLK-GTR Race Car '98 // 23 Points GILLET Vertigo Race Car // 10 Points "Prize" Car: FORD GT LM Edition Spec-II '04 immediately sold for 212,499 Credits AND a notice came onscreen that I could watch the "Ending Movie!" (I'm only 90%+ thru the game!!!) But it's pretty Kool, so I did! Final Mileage (+2 Laps @ Most venues for warm up & qualifying) 411 Miles. Man took me longer to write this up than it did to run all ten Races!!! THANX for wading thru it & hope it will help someone out. Let me know if you spot a mistake, I'm VERY adept at using the EDIT Function! Next time I'll most likely try one of the DTM Rides. ...O.G.