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Endurance Race Events: Notes and Results Updated by BTWhite37 08/03/2008 12:43 AM
4 Hour Endurance at Nurburgring Nordschleife

Car: Lotus Elise 111s '03
For my setup used here.............
http://www.gtvault.com/gt4/setup-view/s_sid::4224/Lotus-Elise-111S/

11/10/05 Gave it a whirl,........ 212 hp will not cut it in this race. Changed to Racing Muffler and Stage 2 N/A Tune to get to 246 hp. Gonna go retune to soften the settings and give it a go again. Keep reseting the race until you get the line up with the ASL Garaiya. It's the car to beat here!!!

11/12/05 I'm back, retuned and ready to go,........... all I did was soften the damping a bit and voula! Ran the 'Ring at 7' 38.042 on S3 / S3 tires, Auto set trans at 11 and with a ton more control at the top end.

11/13/05 Update again,.......... Detuned to 234 hp to make it more fair,by loosing the engine chip and going down to a sport muffler. 246 hp made it too easy. Now the ASL Garaiya is much faster in the straights but with carful driving I can catch him in the corners. Good racing that way!!!

11/18/05 Had to drop the HP again. I'm down to 220 hp and going to try it again. The ASL Garaiya is still the class of the of the other cars,..... but if it tries to stretch it's first pitstop to after 7 laps it falls way off the pace, and you have him beat by 3:50.xxx after the next lap. So, in the interest of a good race that I won't doze behind the wheel on, I'm detuning again and starting over. Remember back on 11/10 I started at 212 hp and didn't think that enough,.......... We'll see?

11/22/05 Ok, I finally got this thing done,........ and it was the best race I've ever done in any of the GT Series games,..period, dot!!!

After 3 hours of swapping the lead with the ASL Garaiya in between pitstops, my car was beginning to fade. I found that I was down from 220 hp to 205 hp by the end of the race and my straightaway speeds were down from 150 mph to 135 mph and I was loosing ground to the lead car fast,........... After nearly four hours.... I'm gonna loose this thing.

I've been pitting every three laps on S3/S3 tires and holding my own. At 24 laps I switch to S2/S2 tires and stretch a pit cycle to six laps to match the ASL, but the tires go away at 29 laps and I have to pit at 17 seconds back. After the pit and back to S3 / S3 tires, I'm 43 seconds in the rear and pretty much conceeding the race at this point. I get going again only to figure that if I push very hard I can try to push the race an extra lap by getting to the start/finish line before the 4:00.00 mark and maybe catch him comming out of the pits on fresh tires and make up the rest,............. maybe,.... I keep pushing.

The ASL passes the S/F line at 3:59:45.XXX and forces the 31st lap,......... and get this..... he didn't pit after six laps for the first time in the race,....... He pushes the seventh lap on worn tires and falls way off the pace. I catch him at "Miss Hit Miss" and take the lead with half a lap to go. I won by about 30 seconds,........ Great Race!!!!

Here are the Numbers:
Total time: 4:07'41.508
Total laps: 31
Total miles: 399.59
Fastest lap: 7'44.767
Pit every: 3 laps, S3 / S3 tires
Horse Power: 220, '03 Lotus Elise 111s



Infineon World Sports - 2:45.000 Endurance Event

Car: Nissan R92CP Race Car (Black)
For my setup used here...............
http://www.gtvault.com/gt4/setup-view/s_sid::3541/Nissan-R92CP-Race-Car/

This car did well here. I pitted every 10 laps on R3 / R2 tires. The Mercedes-Benz Sauber Mercedes C9 Race Car and the Nissan R92CP Race Car pit every 14 laps, so ya gotta hustle to keep ahead. I made the mistake of letting "B-Spec Bob" drive for about an hour or so, while I ate some egg rolls. He didn't do so well and I had some catchin' up to do in the last 45 mins, but did so in short order. Ended up winning by around 20 seconds.

Here are the Numbers:
Total time: 2:45' 47.666
Total laps: 116
Total miles: 292.32
Fastest lap: Practice: -
Fastest lap: Race: 1' 17.807
Pit every: 10 laps, R3 / R2 tires
Horse Power: 950 Hp, Nissan R92CP Race Car, (Black)
Gear Ratio: 3.500 gear ratio with the Trans Trick.



Suzuka 1000 km Endurance Event

Car: Ford (AU) 2000 Falcon XR8
For my setup used here...............
http://www.gtvault.com/gt4/setup-view/s_sid::4199/Ford-(AU)-2000-Falcon-XR8/

Just finished the Suzuka 1000 km Endurance Race ..............
100% A-Spec!!

I ran R1 front and R3 rear tires that were good for 11 laps
between pit stops at a 2' 03.xxx pace.

Here are the Numbers:
Total time: 6:02' 48.xxx
Total laps: 172
Total miles: - 620.9 (1000km)
Fastest lap: Practice: -
Fastest lap: Race: 1' 58.583
Pit every: 11 laps, R1/ R3 tires
Horse Power: 639, Ford (AU) 2000 Falcon XR8



Twin Ring Motegi 8 hr Endurance Event

Car: Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE86) Shuichi Shigeno
For my setup used here...............
http://www.gtvault.com/gt4/setup-view/s_sid::3166/Toyota-Sprinter-Trueno-GT-Apex-(AE86)-Shuichi-Shigeno/

In practice I ran 2' 09.597 on S3 / S3 tires.
Trans ratios set with the "Trans Trick" with the rear ratio at 4.150.

First attempt,........ 315 hp, (stage 2 turbo) is a little too much here. Detuned to 243 hp to make it more fair by loosing turbo and opting for a stage 3 N/A tune. Now the Amuse Honda S2000 R1 is faster in the straights but with careful driving I can catch him in the corners. Good racing that way!!!

Keep reseting the race until you get the line up with the Amuse Honda S2000 R1, It is the class of the of the other cars. He pits every 32 or 33 laps or so, (must be on S1/S1 tires with more power than I have). I pitted every ten laps on S3 / S3 tires. I had to keep my lap times down considering I was eating up so much time in and out of the pits.

I traded off with B-Spec Bob a few times and always got in the hole with him. He's much slower by 4 or 5 seconds a lap. As it is the Corolla is only a half second faster than the Amuse when we're both on fresh tires.

After 8 hours of swapping the lead with the Amuse S2000 R1 in between pit stops, my car was beginning to fade down to 232 hp. I ended letting B-Spec Bob run out the last ten laps with a 1 minute lead or so and won by 35 seconds. Great race, close and interesting the whole way.

Here are the Numbers:
Total time: 8:01' 38.306
Total laps: 211, (50 by B-Spec Bob)
Total miles: 628.78
Fastest lap: Practice: 2' 09.597
Fastest lap: Race: 2' 10.667
Pit every: 10 laps, S3 / S3 tires
Horse Power: 243, Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex (AE86) Shuichi Shigeno



Tsukuba 9 Hr Endurance Event

Car: Lotus Elise Type 72, '01
For my setup used here...............
http://www.gtvault.com/gt4/setup-view/s_sid::5011/Lotus-Elise-Type-72/

First Attempt: After a test run a while back I'm convinced that the 128 hp on this car is enough to keep up with, and provide a good race with, the Mazda RX7 Spirit R Type A '02 that I met up with at Tsubuka. I'm four hours into it before I find out different.

I started the race on S3/S3 tires and was pitting every 25 laps. The Mazda was pitting every 35-36 laps on harder tires I presume. Here are the time differences to the RX-7

Pit at Lap ...... Time In Pits ..... Time Out Pits
25 .............. (-33.xx) sec
50 .................. 1.25 sec ........ (-23.xx) sec
75 ................. 12.xx sec ....... ( -11.xx) sec
100 ............. (-13.xx) sec ....... you get the picture

By lap 179 my failing pit strategy falls in line with my opponent's even though I'm down 45 seconds or so. I went to S2/S2 tires and adopted the same pit strategy as the Mazda, every 35 laps or so thinking I would make up the time on the track, or in and out of the pits,....... I was wrong. Seems the horsepower dropoff is severe enough with the Type 72 that my lap times begin to suffer my mid race and before I conceeded I was loosing about 5 seconds every pit cycle.

Second Attempt: I've bumped the horsepower to 140, (from 128), with a sport exhaust & intake, balance, port & polish and oil change.

140 Hp is enough to keep up with the 312 Hp Mazda RX7 Spirit R Type A '02 that I met up with. It's the only competetion at Tsubuka.

I am using S3/S3 tires and am pitting every 25 laps. The Mazda was pitting every 35-36 laps on harder tires I presume. Here are my time differences during the race compared to the RX-7.

Pit at Lap ...... Time In Pits ..... Time Out Pits
................... (vs. Mazda RX7 Spirit R Type A '02)

25 ................. 29.xxx ................ 3.5xx
50 ................. 36.xxx ............... 10.xxx
75 ................. 37.xxx ............... 15.xxx
100 ............... 24.xxx .............. (-3.xxx)
125 ............... 37.xxx ............... 10.xxx
150 ............... 40.xxx ............... 16.xxx
175 ............... 16.xxx ............. (-9.xxx)
200 ............... 37.xxx ................ 7.xxx ..... * B-Spec Laps 200 - 225
225 ............... 16.xxx ............ (-10.xxx)
250 ............... 41.xxx ............... 19.xxx .. *1/2 Way! 4:36 '47.xxx, 250 laps
275 ............... 35.xxx ................. 9.xxx
300 ............... 48.xxx ............... 22.xxx ..... * B-Spec Laps 300 - 325
325 ............... 38.xxx ............... 14.xxx
350 ............... 21.xxx ............. (-1.xxx)
375 ............... 52.xxx ............... 25.xxx ..... * B-Spec Laps 375 - 425
400 ............... 35.xxx ............... 13.xxx
425 ............. + 0.xxx ............ + 0.xxx ...* Hit pit lane together. Me just ahead.
450 ............... 18.xxx ............. (-8.xxx) ..... A short fuel refill left me a bumper
475 ............... 49.xxx ............... 24.xxx ..... ahead at just under 8 Hrs of racing!
488 ............... Finish: + 27.127

What a great race. 27.127 seconds after 9 hours of racing. The horsepower dropped off to 233 by the end of the race and turned out to be a perfect match, as you can see from the back and forth nature of the race.

Here are the Numbers:
Total time: 9:00' 14.687
Total laps: 488, (100 Laps by B-Spec Bob)
Total miles: 619.76
Fastest lap: 1' 03.648
Fastest lap: Practice: 1' 03.325 on S3s
Pit every: 25 laps, S3/S3 tires
Horse Power: 140, '01 Lotus Elise Type 72
Gear Ratio: Auto Set 2


Laguna Seca 200mi Endurance Event

Car: BMW M3 CSL, '03
For my setup used here...............
http://www.gtvault.com/gt4/setup-view/s_sid::3523/BMW-M3-CSL/

I use this car for the Laguna Seca 200mi Endurance Race quite often to make a few eatra $$$$. I use the above setup in B-Spec. It is a quick way to make near a million credits, (dollars) and gain B-Spec points to make "Bob" a better driver. I began B-Specing this race with 421 hp,... have won with 401 Hp and even as low as 389 Hp to make it more sporty.

Key here is to pass when needed, acknowledge pit plans as you enter the pits, (dont let them time out), and use the pit/tire strategy below. I've won by as much as half a lap, or even by seconds. And have lost by the same. This is good close strategy driven racing!!!

Pit at Lap ......................... Tires Ft/Rr

0 .... Start use ........................ R3/R3
14 ............................. go to... R2/R2
33 ....................................... R2/R2
52 ....................................... R2/R2
71 ....................................... R2/R2
90 ... Finish!!!

So pitting is essentially every 19 laps except for the start which is 14 laps on the softer tires. B-Spec Bob runs on level 4 , (out of 5) most of the time, is prompted to pass when needed. Don't spend too much time caught up behind slower cars. Good Luck and have fun with this race. I do!!

Here are the Numbers:
Total time: 1:20 xx.xxx (on 3x speed in B-Spec)
Total laps: 90, (All by B-Spec Bob)
Total miles: 201.600
Fastest lap: 1' 28.213
Fastest Practice Lap:1' 23.933, (A-Spec)
Pit every: 19 laps, R2/R2 tires
Horse Power: 421, '03 BMW M3 CSL
Gear Ratio: Auto Set 7, (with rear ratio of 4.000)


Fuji 1000km Endurance Event

Car: Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK-GTR Race Car,'98
For my setup used here...............
http://www.gtvault.com/gt4/setup-view/s_sid::6395/postid::14545/highlight::/#14545

This car at 918 Hp is a good match for this endurance race with the setup above. I had just regenerated the chasis at 336 mi on the car. Turned the TCS up to 5 to help conserve the rear tires.

The Competition: ............................ Pits Every
Nissan R92CP Race Car, '92 ......................15 laps
Sauber Mercedes Benz C 9 Race Car. 89 ...... 15 laps
Nissan R89C Race Car, 89 ....................... 15 laps
Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car, 98 .................. 19 laps
Chevrolet Corvette C5R(C5), "00 ............... 20 laps

Pit at Lap ...... Time In Pits ..... Time Out Pits ...Tire Change
................... (vs. Nissan R92CP Race Car '92) .......... F / R

Start ............................................................. R2 / R2 *A-Spec
10 ................. +29 sec ............ (-12 sec) .......... R2 / R2
20 ................. +36 sec ............. +13 sec ............ R2 / R2
30 ................. +23 sec ............. +25 sec ............ R1 / R1
45 ................. +16 sec ............. +18 sec ............ R1 / R1
60 ................. +17 sec ............. +19 sec ............ R2 / R2 * B-Spec Laps 61 - 74 (14)
74 ............... (-12 sec) ........... (-19 sec) .......... R1 / R1 *A-Spec
90 ............... (-16 sec) ........... (-14 sec) .......... R2 / R2
105 ............... +14 sec .............. +17 sec ............ R2 / R2
120 ............... +40 sec .............. +40 sec ............ R2 / R2
135 ............... +55 sec .............. +57 sec ............ R2 / R2
150 ............... +56 sec .............. +58 sec ............ R2 / R2
165 ............... +1 Lap ................ +1 Lap ............ R2 / R2 * B-Spec Laps 166 - 207 (42)
179 ............... +51 sec ............... +52 sec ........... R2 / R2 *A-Spec
193 ............... +28 sec ............... +30 sec ........... R2 / R2
207 .............. (-5 sec) .............. (-3 sec) ........... R2 / R2
220 ............... +17 sec ............. (-10 sec) .......... R3 / R3
228 ............... Finish: + 51.376

I didn't panic being behind at lap 220 because the competition pits every 15 laps like clockwork. Knowing this, I was sure the Nissan R92CP was going to pit at Lap 225 and let me by for the win after over 5 hours of racing.

So pitting is essentially every 15 laps on R2 tires except for when B-Spec Bob runs. He only makes 14 laps on the same R2 tires. B-Spec Bob runs on level 4 , (out of 5), and is prompted to pass when needed. I swaped drivers with B-Spec Bob in order to get him some much needed skill points. My Bob sucks!, but he kept it interesting, bleeding off my lead and make it so I would have to race well to stay in the race,........ Whats a "Co-Driver" for anyway. His best lap was 1' 19.837 on R2 tires.

Here are the Numbers:
Total time: 5:06' 53.743
Total laps: 228, (56 by B-Spec Bob)
Total miles: 622.44
Fastest lap: 1' 14.718 on R2 tires, 1' 13.795 on R3s
Fastest Practice Lap: 1' 11.172 on R3's
Pit every: 15 laps, R2 / R2 tires
Horse Power: 918, At the end of race: 872 Hp
Final Ratio: 3.100, Ratios by way of "Tranny Trick"
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