We have come a long way - Your Circuit Experience improvement

Preface: This is not a thread meant to help you get the gold or improve your Circuit Experience times, but you can discuss that if you want.

First of all, I would call call myself a relatively newer generation GT fan. I've never owned PS1 and PS2, but I played some GT games on my friend's Playstation I liked them but I never really experienced them in a proper way. Later, I bought a PS3 and GT 5 was the first GT game I owned and I've been a big fan ever since. I even platinumed GT 6.
So, since GT 7 release date was announced, I've started playing GT Sport more often. Mostly because of hype, but also to finish some stuff that I've left unfinished. Some in-game achievements and, the most important of all, getting the last trophy which is the "Ultimate Driver", ie. the 50th level one. That will involve some rubber band afk-ing on Blue Moon Bay and grinding the Nostalgic 1979 Circuit de la Sarthe event, I will get it done.

In the meantime, I've looked at my Circuit Experience times to see what times some of my friends have achieved and noticed that my lap times that I've set in the early 2018 (or later, depending on when the track was added to the game) are gonne from the leaderboard. I figured that is due to some patches that changed the physics of the game, but no problem, my best times are still saved up there next to the medal times. I did my best at the time, and I've beaten gold times by several seconds on most tracks. So I tried setting some new times for the leaderboard, got on Interlagos without any practice and... I absolutely smashed my previous best time by almost two seconds on the first try! A few tries later and the difference was over three seconds.

And that's how the idea for this thread was born and I'm getting to the point of this thread. Many of you finished the Circuit Experience, many of you probably got gold since the challenge is vastly easier than in previous games, and you moved on and went to play the daily races, time trials, FIA races, etc. In the meantime, you've improved your skills and technique, and some of you probably swapped gamepad for a wheel.

Now I'm asking you to come back. Try setting a new time and report how much you have improved over the years and what helped you achieve it. You don't have to go full tryhard mode, but try to set a good time. If you're tired of the Sport mode and the current state of penalty system, and since the single player content is kinda lacking, it will give you something to do while waiting for GT 7.

Keep in mind that post patch tire physics actually make your cars slightly slower, but your new skills probably make up for that.

For me personally, online races and qualifying helped a lot, but the biggest improvement factor was playing the Lewis Hamilton DLC. It took me months of on and off play, but I pushed through that imaginary wall and reached new limits. I can drive faster and more confidently now that I know the tracks better, which braking technique to use and gears depending on the car, and where I can push more to get a better time.
Btw, I'm still playing on DualShock 4 gamepad, and I'm an A/S rated driver in Sport mode. I think I could reach A+ if I played more often.

So here are some of my times. I will update with new tracks as I go along:

Blue Moon Bay Speedway in Ford Mustang Gr.3
Old time: 43.628
New time: 43.303

BB Raceway in Hyundai Genesis Gr.3
Old time: 52.835
New: 52.387

Northern Isle Speedway in Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 '11
Old time: 13.991
New: 14.178

Kyoto Driving Park - Miyabi in Audi TT Cup '16
Old time: 40.745
New time: 40.262

Not a lot of improvement since these are fast tracks with little braking so there is not a lot of room for improvement. NI Speedway is actually worse, probably due to new tire physics and because it's very short.

Autódromo de Interlagos in Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 N24 Schulze Motorsport '13
Old time: 1:36.364
New time: 1:33.169

It's one of the Lewis Hamilton DLC tracks, same class car, the reason for improvement is obvious.

Tsukuba Circuit in Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition Gr.4
Old time: 57.814
New time: 57.394

Not as big of an improvement, probably due to physics changes and because the track is short, but I took into consideration that it's a 4WD car and changed my lines to take advantage of that.

Willow Springs International Raceway: Horse Thief Mile in Nissan GT-R Gr.4
Old time: 54.465
New time: 51.877

Just overall better everything, lines, braking, and getting on the throttle earlier.

Red Bull Ring in Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 '12
Old time: 1:32.950
New time: 1:30.405

Better use of track space, better braking and gearing.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Porsche 911 RSR (991) '17
Old time: 2:20.218
New time: 2:18.599

One of the newer tracks, but I still found some room for improvement in using better lines and better throttle control.

Nürburgring Nordschleife in BMW M6 GT3 (Walkenhorst Motorsport) '16
Old time: 6:43.349
New time: 6:36.715

It's Nordschleife, so it tests all your skills, and I'm obviously better at everything than I was before. I could probably take off a couple seconds more if I really tried.

Sorry for the long OP, and I hope you will join me in this little challenge :)

TLDR: Try setting a new time in Circuit Experience and report how much you have improved over the years and what helped you achieve it.
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Cool idea.

Kind of similar, I recently challenged my TPC friends to revisit Driving School. I was very surprised by my own improvement and even topped some of my Friends lists (which I did not think was possible). A fun experience so far.

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I put many thousands of miles into the Tokyo Expressway Central Outer Loop Circuit Experience and for one iteration of the physics system finished with the world record for every sector.
So I realistically don't think I can improve anymore especially given that I haven't played GT Sport in months, but good luck to everyone that tries to improve.


I still have to get gold on the full lap of the ring. 😟 Still about 2 seconds off the pace!
I made a little more effort this past week and tried lots of sectors again, and improved my gold times on nearly all of them - but am even slower now on the full lap!!! 🤣
I've meant to do this for a while. I did it today:

Kyoto Driving Park - Miyabi (Audi TT Cup Gr.4) 41.017 - 40.539 (2 attempts)
Kyoto Driving Park - Yamagiwa (Mitsubishi Lancer Gr.3) 1:40.698 - 1:36.363
Brands Hatch (Audi R8 Gr.3) 1:26.617 - 1:24.167 (2 attempts)
Interlagos (Nissan GT-R Gr.3) 1:36.708 - 1:33.465
Streets of Willow Springs (Ford Mustang Gr.4) 1:18.129 - 1:14.478 (2 attempts)
Horse Thief Mile (Nissan GT-R Gr.4) 54.808 - 53.727 (4 attempts)
Willow Springs (Chevrolet Corvette Gr.3) 1:16.508 - 1:15.701
Nurburgring GP (Mercedes AMG Gr.3) 2:01.272 - 1:58.384
Tokyo East Outer Loop (BMW Z4 Gr.3) 2:05.843 - 2:03.151
Northern Isle Speedway (Mercedes SLS Gr.4) 14.188 - 14.836 (2 attempts) (uhhh)
Blue Moon Bay (Ford Mustang Gr.3) 43.976 - 43.897
BB Raceway (Hyundai Genesis Gr.3) 54.133 - 54.762 (many attempts) (alternate account did 53.744)
Tokyo Central Outer Loop (Subaru WRX Gr.3) 1:16.676 - 1:15.421 (2 attempts)
Suzuka (Honda NSX Gr.3) 2:05.604 - 2:02.681
Lago Maggiore (Alfa Romeo 4C Gr.3) 2:03.406 - 1:58.751
Dragon Trail Seaside (Jaguar F-type Gr.3) 1:44.031 - 1:39.374
Bathurst (McLaren 650S Gr.3) 2:12.650 - 2:07.538
Alsace (Renault R.S.01 Gr.3) 1:57.556 - 1:53.721
Monza (Ferrari 458 Gr.3) 1:51.759 - 1:49.484
Tsukuba (Mitsibishi Lancer Gr.4) 58.561 - 57.934 (2 attempts)
Dragon Trail Gardens (Peugeot RCZ Gr.3) 1:35.523 - 1:33.927
Fuji (Toyota Supra Gr.3) 1:43.427 - 1:39.411
Red Bull Ring (Aston Martin Vantage Gr.3) 1:34.339 - 1:31.669
St. Croix C (Citroen Gr.3) 3:31.887 - 3:25.964
Catalunya (Lamborghini Huracan Gr.3) 1:49.886 - 1:47.939
Tokyo South Inner Loop (Mazda Atenza Gr.3) 2:01.394 - 2:00.497
Autopolis (Lexus RC F Gr.3) 1:50.327 - 1:49.133
Goodwood (Aston Martin Vantage Gr.4) 1:18.252 - 1:17.252 (3 attempts)
Spa (Porsche 911 Gr.3) 2:22.399 - 2:21.963
Sardegna A (Peugeot VGT Gr.3) 1:44.106 - 1:42.282
Laguna Seca (Dodge Viper Gr.3) 1:24.785 - 1:23.070
Circuit de la Sarthe (Porsche 919 Gr.1) 3:32.912 - 3:26.422
Nordschleife (BMW M6 Gr.3) 6:43.242 - 6:45.004 (I think I did this recently - going by my trophy screenshots, my original time was 6:52.832)

I don't know what the deal with BB Raceway is. Pretty much the only cars here I have real experience with are the two Nissans and the Gr.3 AMG. The fact I had gold on all of these before trying again shows just how easy they all are.
I did Miyabi for kicks yesterday. Improved my time by over 5 seconds. Gives you an idea how slow my 2017 time was. :lol:
I don't know what the deal with BB Raceway is. Pretty much the only cars here I have real experience with are the two Nissans and the Gr.3 AMG. The fact I had gold on all of these before trying again shows just how easy they all are.
You can actually use the area beyond the line on the left before the pit entrance to sustain speed. You can gain a lot of time there.