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Gran Turismo 4 Endurance races

This is part two of the Endurance race guide, and it covers the next 4 endurance races, starting with the Super Speedway 150 Miles.

Due to the enormous amount of research going into this (hundreds of laps raced, dozens of cars to test out), this is very much a work in progress.

Super Speedway 150 Miles

This is truly a high speed race. The incredibly short and smooth track along with the fastest cars in the game are sure to get the adrenalin pumping. Bring out your best race cars, because this is a race where 10ths of seconds matters.

The toughest opponents here are going to the be two Nissan race cars (R89C and R92CP), the Sauber Mercedes C 9 and the Minolta Toyota 88C-V. That doesn't mean that the other cars will be pushovers, but those 4 cars show up very frequently, and they always drive fast!

Here's a little table showing some of the faster cars and their fastest laptimes.

# Car Best Laptime Pits every
1 Sauber Mercedes C 9 Race Car 00:29.2 43
2 Nissan R89C Race Car 00:29.2 41/42
3 Nissan R92CP Race Car 00:29.2 40
4 Minolta Toyota 88C-V Race Car 00:29.3 38
5 Bentley Speed 8 Race Car 00:29.7 44
6 Peugeot 905 Race Car 00:29.7  
7 Mazda 787B Race Car 00:29.8 48
8 Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car 00:29.8 33
9 Audi R8 Race Car 00:29.9 50
10 Toyota 7 Race Car 00:30.3 49
11 Toyota GT-One Race Car 00:30.3  
12 Pescarolo Courage C60 Race Car 00:30.4  
13 BMW V12 LMR Race Car 00:30.6 49

Tire Recommendations: Hard racing tires might seem like a gamble, but it does look like everyone pits twice. So, as long as you can make your tires last 34 laps, you can you get away with using hard tires. Since these have more grip, you can maintain a higher speed during those corners, and that might give you the edge you need... You can also short-fill on fuel, which means you'll shave a couple of seconds off your pitting time.

Nurburgring 24Hr Endurance

Welcome to my nightmare. I hope you're gonna like it.

This is quite possibly the most difficult race to win (A-Spec), and only a very few have what it takes to race for 24 hours. Not only does it take 24 hours to race, but you cannot save your progress. You can pause it, and leave it on, but not save...

This is another Touring Car/JGTC car race, and the cars that appear here are the same as those appearing in other similar races, like the Grand Valley Endurance race.

There is one almost unbeatable competitor you might encounter in the race: the Chaparral 2D Race car. If you see that on the list of car, you might as well want to back out and try again. It's incredibly fast, and it last 6 laps between pitting, and its tires are not even worn out enough to make it wipe out anywhere.

So, let's take a look at the competition.

# Car Best Laptime Pits every
1 Chaparral 2D Race Car '69 7:00.072 6
2 Abt Audi TT-R Touring Car '02 7:16.980 6
3 BMW M3 GTR Race Car 7:19.747 6
4 Nissan Falken GT-R Race Car '04 7:20.023 5
5 Audi A4 Touring Car 7:21.752 6
6 Alfa Romeo 155 2.5 V6 TI '93 7:22.947 5
7 Opel Calibra Touring Car '94 7:28.029 5
8 AMG Mercedes 190 E Evo II 7:33.439 6

I've left out the JGTC cars here, because none of them appear to pose any real threat to the cars on the above list. Also, the Opel Astra did not show up in any of the races that I started, so I was unable to clock a time for it. I would suspect that it would come in between 3rd and 6th on this list.

Tire recommendation: Super-hard tires will likely give you 5 laps, hard tires will give you 4 laps, but with much better lap times.  Bring both, and see how you do with either. 4 very good laps may be better than 5 mediocre laps, even if some of the competition are doing 6 laps between stops.

Other recommendations: Your car will suffer from rigidity degradation. Consider getting the rigidity upgrade before you start the race, or you may find yourself with a car that gets very difficult to handle after about 8 hours of racing.

Nurburgring 4 hour endurance

This is one of the easier endurance races. The cars are all regular production cars, so the speeds aren't too high, and navigating the Ring isn't too complicated. The duration of the race is also not too long, and it can be completed in one sitting.

This list contains the most frequently seen cars that has a fastest lap under 8:30. These are your biggest and most likely competitors.

# Car Best Laptime Pits every
1 Lotus Elise 111R '04 7:40.107 5
2 ASL Garaiya '02 7:47.753 6*
3 Opel Speedster Turbo '00 7:49.981 4*
4 Honda NSX Type R '02 7:56.532 5
5 Honda NSX Type S '01 8:00.713 5
6 Clio Renault Sport V6 Phase 2 '03 8:05.150 4*
7 Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi sp.c '04 8:08.545 5
8 Jaguar XKR-Performance '02 8:11.994 5
9 Mazda RX-8 Type S '03 8:14.183 5
10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII GSR '04 8:14.197 4
11 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport '96 8:16.115 6
12 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra '00 8:17.972 5
13 BMW M3 '04 8:20.150 5
14 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II '00 8:20.279 5
15 Audi RS 4 '01 8:20.729 5
16 Jaguar S-Type R '02 8:20.853 5
17 Chevrolet Camaro SS '00 8:21.571 5
18 Mercedes CLK 55 AMG 8:27.203 5

The Opel Speedster should pit every 4 laps, but its tires are so bad at the end, that it will crash when going down the hill towards the pit-in. Because of this, it will consistently miss the pit-in, and have to do a fifth lap on really bad tires, losing about 4 minutes on that lap. Because of this, the Opel is not really as big a threat as it may look, as it will only be able to pick up 30-40 seconds on the next few laps.

The Clio Renault has some significant problems on the last lap before pitting, causing a significant time loss. So, even if it does take off leaving you in the dust, you should be able to make up a minute or two every 4 laps...

The Lotus also has some control problems, especially on lap 1 and 5. Most cars lose 30-40 seconds on the pit-in lap, while the Lotus is likely to lose between 50 and 70 seconds. However, due to its high speed, it's a difficult car to beat.

The ASL Garaiya does run into some trouble on the last lap before pitting, but not enough to take it out of the race like the Opel and the Renault. In all the tests that I've done, this car has only come up once, so it may not be a frequent show for you either, but if it does show up, it will be as big a threat as the Lotus.

Tire recommendation: Hard sports tires. The medium sports tires doesn't have the durability to be of much use here. Try the hard tires and aim for 5 laps between stops.

Other tips: Pick a car you enjoy to drive, and keep its engine stock. Any engine upgrades will sink your A-Spec points, and make the race too easy. If the Lotus (any Lotus, actually) shows up, consider re-starting the race. It's not unbeatable, but the Honda NSX should be competitive enough for most.

Suzuka 1000 KM

Yet another JGTC/Touring car race, and this is definitively a track that favors the Japanese GT car. The car list and ranking is almost identical to the Grand Valley list. Some of the cars didn't show during my tests, but it's safe to assume that the top 5 cars from the Grand Valley list will also be very competitive in this race.

# Car Best Laptime Pits every
1 Mazda RX-7 LM Race Car '01 02:03.617 15
2 Nissan Motul Pitwork Z 02:03.974 14
3 Mazda RX-8 Concept LM Race Car 02:04.159 11
4 Toyota Woodone Tom's Supra 02:04.408 13
5 2000 Ford Falcon XR8 02:05.516 11
6 Toyota au Cerumo Supra 02:05.642 14
7 Mercedes CLK Touring Car 02:05.753 14
8 Nissan Xanavi Hiroto GT-R 02:05.845 14
9 Opel Astra Touring Car 02:05.890 15
10 Honda Takata Dome NSX 02:06.200 15
11 Nissan Penzoil Zexel GT-R 02:06.213 14
12 Abt Audi TT-R Touring Car 02:06.674 14
13 Audi A4 Touring Car 02:06.850 14
14 BMW M3 GTR Race Car 02:06.931 12

Tire Recommendation: Suzuka is a track where grip is essential, so you may want to forgo the super hard (R1) tires on this one, and go with the hard (R2) tires instead. It appears like the competition are on hard tires as well, at least that seems to match up with B-Spec Bob and his speed and pitting. Attempting the race on super hard tires may give you longer stints, but the cost of 2-3 seconds per lap in lost time is going to be hard to make up...

Other tips: As always, only fill up as much fuel as you need for your next pit stop. Go out hard on the first lap to try to pass at least two of the slower cars into the first corner. Be careful with the two right hand corners before T1; if you can't make either of those corners, you'll end up in the sand pit, and lose a lot of time.

This whole guide is also available as a text file.