Sunday, May 8, 2011

Races of Gran Turismo 3

John Marine | 2:25 AM | | |
(UPDATED: April 11, 2012)

In Gran Turismo 3, the race model has shifted from four different kinds of racing to three different leagues based on difficulty. The Rally racing returns in its own category. Same goes for the Endurance races. Gran Turismo 3 features a much deeper racing model than Gran Turismo 1 and Gran Turismo 2 combined. Even regular races can feature pit stops to really shake things up. Prepare to earn your victories like never before! This blog post features a look at all of the races in Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec. Are you ready to take on the new crop of races for Gran Turismo 3?

LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S):

APR 11 2012 - edited some content, updated look of post.





--- Races of Gran Turismo 3 at a Glance ---

Races with four or less events makes up a Series Race. Races with five or more races make up a Championship Race.

Beginner League.

The Beginner League has the shortest races and against some of the weakest cars. Don't fret too much about the level of competition in this series of races. Most races last anywhere between two to three laps.

Amateur League.

In the Amateur League, you will run longer races and against tougher opposition. Most races last three laps, five laps, and maybe seven or ten laps.

Professional League.

Only established veterans race in the Professional League. This is where the longest and most difficult races are raced. Your ability to endure while also having a car great enough to take on the rigors of this league are the difference between winning and losing.

Rally Events.

If you have a Rally license, you can take on the Rally Events. All you need are rally tires for most events. Only two series will allow you to race without needing Dirt tires.

Endurance Races.

Races that last anywhere between one hour to almost three hours are featured here in a variety of races. An IA license is needed to compete in all ten endurance races. The most important thing to remember is to have tires of varying compounds for races that aren't restricted to Normal cars. They can make the difference between winning and losing.


Now that you know the races, the next order of business is to talk about the races.





--- Beginner League ---

Time to go racing! The Beginner League should be your first foray into racing. The races are all fairly short and don't require too much (especially the early races) to win. This is where you become introduced to the many different cars and tracks of Gran Turismo 3. Do you have what it takes to win here? Hone your skills and prepare to race hard.

Here is how this will work. I usually note my headings with periods. Every heading marked with a period is a Series Race. If you see an exclamation point (!) in each heading, it is a Championship. If you see a certain letter in parentheses in the heading, that is the required license for that championship or series race. Prize money is laid out in brackets. If it's a championship race, the prize money to the champion is listed at the end, separated by a semicolon.


Sunday Cup.

"Exciting technical course layouts! If you are just starting out, try polishing your skills here."
The Sunday Cup should be your first destination. Test your racing ability in these races. They are all fairly quick and don't require a very fast car to win.

Races:
• Super Speedway (3 laps)
• Midfield Raceway (2 laps, Normal)
• Trial Mountain (2 laps, Normal)

Prize Money: {1000, 900, 800,700, 600, 500}


Clubman Cup.

"Want to leave behind the amateur ranks? Try this race first for a challenge!"
Your next major test is the Clubman Cup. Here, you will take on some faster competition while still having quite a task on your hands trying to win here.

Races:
• Rome Circuit (2 laps, Normal)
• Special Stage Route 5 (2 laps, Normal)
• Deep Forest (2 laps, Normal)

Prize Money: {1000, 900, 800, 700, 600, 500}


FF Challenge.

"For those who want to try motorsports with front-wheel drive."
There are four main drivetrain types in Gran Turismo 3. This one features three races where the only requirement is that you race a front-drive car. Front-wheel drive offers amazing traction and are almost impossible to spin out. However, racing them can be a pain. You can't get aggressive as you can with a rear-drive car. Those who really hate FWD cars often call them "wrong-wheel drive" cars. Whatever you call them, you have no choice but to race these machines to victory if you want to be done with FWD cars. As a preview, be ready to deal with this series again in the tougher difficulty events (along with the other drivetrain-limited races).

• Deep Forest Raceway (Normal)
• Special Stage Route 5 (Normal)
• Rome Circuit (Normal)

Prize Money: {1500, 1000, 800, 700, 600, 500}


FR Challenge.

Front-engine cars with rear-wheel drive offers the most sporty experience in racing. It is a step up from racing the inexpensive front-wheel drive cars. You can enjoy the pull of front-engined cars along with the push rear-wheel drive provides. Be warned, however. Pushing a FR car too far will result in spins. More adept racers can enjoy drifting FR cars to aggressively corner (or just to show off).

Races:
• Grand Valley (Normal)
• Special Stage Route 5 (Normal)
• Apricot Hill (Reverse)

Prize Money: {1500, 1000, 800, 700, 600, 500}


MR Challenge.

"The challenge for all Midship-engine, rear-drive configure machines to win."
While mid-engine cars offer exceptional handling, they can be quite difficult to control, as well as being more expensive than most front-engine/RWD cars. You might learn this the hard way in this series of races.

Races:
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Deep Forest Raceway (Reverse)
• Apricot Hill (Normal)

Prize Money: {2000, 1500, 1000, 500, 400, 300}


4WD Challenge.

"Declaration of 4WD supremacy."
A four-wheel drive car offers the traction of front-wheel drive with the acceleration of rear-wheel drive. While this is very advantageous of 4WD cars, this drivetrain is usually not seen as very capable in road racing. You still get to test the limits of your 4WD car in this series of races.

Races:
• Deep Forest (Normal)
• Midfield Raceway (Normal)
• Special Stage Route 11 (Normal)

Prize Money: {2000, 1500, 1000, 500, 400, 300}


Lightweight Sports Car Cup.

"Test your technique in lightweight cars from around the world."
This championship is limited only to the Daihatsu Mira TR-XX Avanzato R, the Suzuki Alto Works Suzuki Sports Limited, and the Mini Cooper 1.3i. These are the ONLY mini cars in the game. Be ready to take these cars to the limit on these three courses:

Races:
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Super Speedway
• Laguna Seca

Prize Money: {2500, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}


Stars and Stripes.

"American power at its finest."
This is the first four-race series you'll compete in. It is a showcase of speed featuring American cars across four different tracks. This race is restricted only to American cars (including race cars).

Races:
• Seattle Circuit (Normal)
• Super Speedway (Normal)
• Laguna Seca (Normal)
• Seattle Circuit (Reverse)

Prize Money: {3500, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}


Spider and Roadster.

"Cars with the feel of open air, Races with the feel wind in your face."
While convertible tops and roadsters don't go down in this game, you will get to still race any number of roadsters and convertibles in this game. Only convertibles and roadsters can race in this series.

Races:
• Deep Forest (Normal)
• Test Course
• Grand Valley (Reverse)

Prize Money: {2500, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}


'80s Sports Car Cup [B].

"The joy of the old moderns. Famous cars of the 1980s gather here."
If you love you some '80s muscle, this is your race series. Three races where the '80s is king (sarcastic yay...) lets you let loose on three street courses. This is the first series in the game that requires a license.

Races:
• Special Stage Route 5 (Normal)
• Tokyo R246 (Reverse)
• Seattle Circuit (Reverse)

Prize Money: {2500, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}


Race of NA Sports [B].

"High revs, high power. Get a feel for a naturally-aspirated engine."
Normally-aspirated cars can race in this three-race series. Enjoy the power and rush that normally-aspirated cars provide in this series. Only normally-aspirated cars can compete.

Races:
• Apricot Hill (Normal)
• Grand Valley (Normal)
• Apricot Hill (Reverse)

Prize Money: {5000, 2500, 1500, 1000, 500, 300}


Race of Turbo Sports [B].

"If you want a turbo MONSTER..."
From the distinctive whine and howl of turbo engines, this is a three-race series allowing you to enjoy racing turbo-powered cars.

Races:
• Midfield Raceway (Reverse)
• Test Course
• Special Stage Route 11 (Normal)

Prize Money: {5000, 2500, 1500, 1000, 500, 300}


Audi TT Race [B]!

"A tribute to the history of Ingolstadt."
Not only is this is the first championship, it is also the first One-Make Race. This series is limited to the Audi TT 1.8T quattro. This car was unveiled back around 1999.
restrictions

Races: Rome Circuit (Normal), Laguna Seca (Normal), Trial Mountain (Normal), Special Stage Route 11 (Normal), and Cote d'Azur

Prize Money {5000, 1000, 500, (no prize money for 4th or worse)}


Legend of Silver Arrow.

"The legend of the Silver Arrow, Mercedes-Benz."
Those bestowed with cars from the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz can compete in three races
The series is restricted to Mercedes-Benz models only.

Races:
• Test Course
• Trial Mountain (Reverse)
• Rome Circuit (Reverse)

Prize Money {10000, 2500, 500 (no prize money for 4th or worse)}


Altezza Race [B]!

The Toyota Altezza (or Lexus IS) is yours to race on in a five-race championship.
All Altezza models (including the Lexus IS) can compete in this championship.

Races: Midfield Raceway (Normal), Tokyo R246 (Normal), Deep Forest (Normal), Special Stage Route 5 (Normal), and Seattle Circuit (Normal)

Prize Money {1000, 500, 200, (no prizes for 4th or worse)}


Vitz Race.

"Limited to the new compact Toyota Vitz"
The Toyota Vitz is showcased in a Championship Race
This can only be raced by the Toyota Vitz models.

Races: Rome Circuit (Normal), Laguna Seca, Tokyo R246 (Normal), Trial Mountain (Normal), Special Stage Route 5 (Reverse)

Prize Money {5000, 1500, (no prizes for 3rd or worse)}


TYPE-R Meeting!

"The heritage of the Red Badge. A Honda Type R festival."
Even in Gran Turismo 2, the Type-R Meeting was the most diverse One-Make Race. It returns for GT3 with a five-race championship.
Only Type-R Honda/Acura models can compete.

Races: Tokyo R246 (Normal), Grand Valley (Normal), Trial Mountain (Reverse), Super Speedway, Tokyo R246 (Reverse)

Prize Money {5000, 2500, 1000, (no prizes for 4th or worse)}


Evolution Meeting.

Mitsubishi's Lancer is the car of choice for this series of races. It is a three-race series showcasing the performance capabilities of the Mitsubishi Lancer. All versions (including racing variants) are welcome to compete here in this series.

Races:
• Laguna Seca
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Midfield Raceway (Reverse)

Prize Money: {5000, 2500, 1000, 1500, 800, 500}

NOTE: YES, you read right! 4th Place pays 500 credits more than 3rd. I even INTENTIONALLY lost two races in both 3rd and 4th to test this out! Just goes to show you the validity and credibility of my work!


Beetle Cup [B]!

"A New Beetle. A New One-Make Race."
Though cute and cuddly, the New Beetle is anything but those things in the Beetle Cup.
All Volkswagen New Beetle cars can race in this series.

Races: Rome Circuit (Normal), Grand Valley Speedway (Normal), Seattle Circuit (Reverse), Test Course, Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {5000, 2500, 1500, 1000, 800, 500}


Gran Turismo World Championship [A]!

"The greatest machines. The greatest drivers. The greatest honor."
The Gran Turismo World Championship is the culmination of the finest racing machines in an epic race series. Welcome to your first ten-race championship! This is the Beginner-level version of the GTWC. The competition mostly includes JGTC GT300 GT cars and rally cars.

Races: Tokyo R246 (Normal), Super Speedway, Trial Mountain (Normal), Midfield Raceway (Normal), Laguna Seca, Seattle Circuit (Normal), Special Stage Route 11 (Normal), Apricot Hill (Normal), Trial Mountain (Reverse), Grand Valley (Normal)

Prize Money: {10000, 2000, 1000, 300, 200, 100}


That concludes the Beginner races! Good luck!





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--- Amateur League ---

Longer and tougher races await you here apart from the races in the Beginner League. You will also take on faster cars in a series of races. So make sure your skills and tuning are top notch to stand the best chance of winning here. You can't afford to nap when you have races this challenging.


Japanese Championship [A]!

The first of three of the nationality-based championships is with the Japanese Championship. A Japanese car is not required, but you will be racing with and against Japanese cars.

Races: Tokyo R246 (Normal), Super Speedway, Apricot Hill (Normal), Special Stage Route 11 (Normal), and Tokyo R246 (Reverse)

Prize Money: {7500, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200}



American Championship [A]!

In the American Championship, you will be going up against some of America's best sports cars in this championship. You even get to race in the United States in a number of venues. Rock out American style in this championship! Again- an American car is NOT required to compete in this series, but you do need an A-License.

Races: Seattle Circuit (Normal), Trial Mountain (Normal), Super Speedway, Seattle Circuit (Reverse), Laguna Seca

Prize Money: {7500, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200}



European Championship [B]!

"Drive the Winds of Europe"
A tour through Europe is in order when you compete in this championship. Your primary opposition are all European cars. Remember that you do not need a European car to compete in this series. just make sure you have an A-License, though.

Races: Rome Circuit (Normal), Special Stage Route 5 (Normal), Grand Valley (Normal), Rome Circuit (Reverse), Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {7500, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200}



Gran Turismo World Championship [IB]!

"The greatest machines. The greatest drivers. The greatest honor."
Gran Turismo's World Championship is back with In this version, the majority of your competition will be high-powered touring cars and JGTC GT500 race cars. The races are longer and tougher here, so make sure your racing skills are up to par if you even want to compete for a victory here. This is the first race to require any International license, and you need an International B license for this championship.

Races: Tokyo R246 (Normal), Laguna Seca, Apricot Hill (Normal) Deep Forest (Normal), Special Stage Route 5 (Normal), Trial Mountain (Normal), Seattle Circuit (Normal), Midfield Raceway (Reverse), Midfield Raceway (Reverse), Special Stage Route 11 (Normal), Grand Valley (Normal)

Prize Money: {10000, 5000, 2500, 1000, 500, (no prize for 6th)}



German Touring Car Championships [IB]!

"A battle of nature unfolds among speedy touring cars raised on the Autobahn"
While Gran Turismo 3 doesn't have a DTM license, you are essentially racing with and against cars from the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. There are no restrictions on car type for this race. Bring a DTM car or a JGTC GT500 car to remain competitive here.

Races: Trial Mountain (Normal), Midfield Raceway (Normal), Deep Forest (Normal), Laguna Seca, Tokyo R246 (Normal)

Prize Money: {10000, 5000, 3000, 1500, (no prize for 5th or worse)}



FF Challenge [A].

"For those who want to try motorsports with front-wheel drive."
Restricted to front-wheel drive cars only, compete in a three-race series with longer races than in the Beginner FF Challenge and with more powerful FWD cars.

Races:
• Deep Forest (Normal)
• Rome Circuit (Reverse)
• Apricot Hill (Reverse)

Prize Money: {5000, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, 300}



FR Challenge [A].

Bring a front/RWD car to this party and bring your A-game while you're at it. The races are longer than in the Beginner FR Challenge and feature more powerful cars.

Races:
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Laguna Seca
• Tokyo R246 (Normal)

Prize Money: {5000, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, 300}



MR Challenge [A}.

"The challenge for all Midship-engine, rear-drive configure machines to win."
You are invited to bring your mid-engined, RWD cars for this three race series. The races will be longer than in the Beginner MR Challenge and with more powerful cars.

Races:
• Tokyo R246 (Reverse)
• Deep Forest (Reverse)
• Grand Valley (Normal)

Prize Money: {5000, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, 300}



4WD Challenge [A].

"Declaration of 4WD supremacy."
Once again, you must bring a 4WD car to compete in this series of three races. The races are longer than the Beginner 4WD Challenge, and you'll be up against more powerful 4WD cars here.

Races:
• Super Speedway
• Apricot Hill (Reverse)
• Grand Valley (Normal)

Prize Money: {5000, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, 300}



Stars and Stripes [A].

"American power at its finest."
This series of races is only for racing American cars. Nothing's changed since the Beginner's Stars and Stripes events, except for longer races. Only American cars can compete in this series.

Races:
• Seattle Circuit (Normal)
• Super Speedway
• Laguna Seca
• Seattle Circuit (Reverse)

Prize Money: {7500, 2000, 500, (no prizes for 4th or worse)}



Boxer Spirit [A].

"Experience the feel of the horizontally-opposed engine."
Only cars with horizontally-opposed engines can compete in this series.
This series is restricted only to horizontally-opposed/boxer engine cars. To make it easier on you, this means that any Ruf, any Subaru Impreza, or any Subaru Legacy are allowed to enter.

Races:
• Deep Forest
• Seattle Circuit
• Midfield Raceway (Reverse)

Prize Money: {10000, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}



'80s Sports Car Cup [A].

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Another tour of duty with the '80s cars is in this series race. Get a feel for racing these '80s sports cars as you take on three more tracks. Only cars from the 1980s are allowed here.

Races:
• Tokyo R246
• Special Stage Route 5
• Trial Mountain (Reverse)

Prize Money: {8000, 4000, 1000, 500, 300, 200}



Race of NA Sports [A].

"High revs, high power. Get a feel for a naturally-aspirated engine."
You will be facing tougher opposition this time. The races will be longer than in the Beginner Race of NA Sports in addition to this. Only normally-aspirated cars can enter this series.

Races:
• Apricot Hill (Reverse)
• Super Speedway
• Deep Forest (Reverse)

Prize Money: {15000, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, (no prize for 6th)}



Race of Turbo Sports [A].

"If you want a turbo MONSTER..."
The turbo-powered monsters of this series are back and more vengeful than in the Beginner League. Make sure you bring a turbo car of your own as well as an A License.

Races:
• Apricot Hill (Reverse)
• Test Course
• Grand Valley (Normal)

Prize Money: {15000, 3000, 2000, 1000, 500, (no prize for 6th)}


Gran Turismo All Stars [IB]!.

"A great convergence of Super Machines across time ad across categories."
Welcome to Gran Turismo All-Stars! What was a series of five races is now a ten-race championship. Only the fastest racing machines past and present converge here in this intense championship.

Races: Laguna Seca, Deep Forest (Reverse), Midfield Raceway, Test Course, Apricot Hill (Reverse), Rome Circuit (Reverse), Seattle Circuit, Special Stage Route 11, Grand Valley (Reverse), Tokyo R246 (Reverse)

Prize Money: {25000, 8000, 400, (no prize for 4th or worse)}



All Japan GT Championship [IB]!

"Japan's highest peak. Who will conquer this peak?"
This series features JGTC GT500 cars in a ten-race championship. Get ready for a festival of speed featuring Japan's fastest GT cars. Victory will not come easy in this great series of racing. If you stand any chance of winning, you'd better bring a JGTC GT500 car (or any other very fast race car) and an International B license!

Races: Grand Valley, Rome Circuit, Midfield Raceway, Special Stage Route 5 (Reverse), Laguna Seca, Super Speedway, Apricot Hill, Grand Valley (Reverse), Special Stage Route 11, Tokyo R246

Prize Money: {15000, 5000, 2500, (no prize for 4th or worse)}



Tourist Trophy [A]!

"A tribute to the history of Ingolstadt."
The Audi TT 1.8T quattro is asked of you to race in this series. The races are longer but you still are racing five events across a Championship Series.

Races: Seattle Circuit (Normal), Special Stage Route 5 (Normal), Trial Mountain (Normal), Rome Circuit (Normal), Deep Forest (Reverse)

Prize Money: {10000, 6000, 4500, 3500, 1500, 500}


Race of Red Emblem [IB].

"Those bestowed with the Red Emblem"
The Nissan Skyline/GT-R is a car capable of almost anything. This series will introduce you to those big, bad Skylines. Three races will test your ability to race this car and its models to victory.
All Skyline/GT-R models, including their racing variants, are allowed to compete in this series.

Races:
• Trial Mountain
• Laguna Seca
• Special Stage Route 11

Prize Money: {30000, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}



Legend of Silver Arrow [A].

"The legend of the Silver Arrow, Mercedes-Benz."
Just like in the Beginner League, this championship is devoted to Merecedes-Benz. Can you clear all three races and prove to be the best racer of Mercedes-Benz cars? Only Mercedes-Benz cars can compete in this series.

Races:
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Super Speedway
• Rome Circuit (Reverse)

Prize Money: {20000, 7500, 3000, 1000, 500, 200}



Altezza Championship [A]!

It is time to return to racing the Toyota Altezza. In addition, it's another chance to enjoy racing with this car across five more race tracks. Only Toyota Altezza models (including the Lexus IS) can compete.

Races: Deep Forest (Normal), Special Stage Route 11 (Normal), Grand Valley (Normal), Tokyo R246, Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {10000, 5000, 1000, (no prizes for 4th or worse)}



Type-R Meeting [B]!

"The heritage of the Red Badge. A Honda Type-R Festival."
Back for another challenge, it's time to push the Type-R Hondas to the limit in this championship. Get ready for longer races while wringing out every bit of performance for your Type-R Honda.
Only Honda/Acura models of the Type-R variety can compete.

Races: Tokyo R246 (Normal), Special Stage Route 11 (Normal), Super Speedway, Tokyo R246 (Reverse), Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {10000, 5000, 4000, 2000, 1000, 500}



Evolution Meeting [B].

The Mitsubishi Lancer lineup returns for another three-race series. Only Mitsubishi Lancers (and their racing variants) can compete.

Races:
• Midfield Raceway (Reverse)
• Special Stage Route 11 (Normal)
• Tokyo R246 (Normal)

Prize Money: {10000, 5000, 4000, 2000, 1000, 500}



Dream Car Championship [IA]!

"Real Imagination. From the Joy of Driving to the Thrill of Victory."
The Dream Car Championship features most of the fantasy LM race cars in GT3. You do have to admit they would be dream machines to have and race. This is the first championship or race that requires an International-A license. It is also the only seven-race championship. Win this championship, and you might win yourself a dream car! Bring a race car to this one, because it's going to be awfully tough trying to win with a high-end or highly-tuned sports car here.

Races: Deep Forest, Laguna Seca, Special Stage Route 5, Apricot Hill, Test Course, Special Stage Route 11, Grand Valley (Reverse)

Prize Money: {25000, 15000, 7500, (no prize for 4th or worse)}



There you go- all the Amateur League races!





--- Professional League ---

The toughest races await you. The best money-making series are available here. You should have yourself quite a few competent cars by now. If not, you're just wasting your time in this series. Also, don't even think about competing in any race in this league unless you have at least an International B license. To have the best chance to clear the Professional League, you need to have a Super License because some series require a Super License. The races may be tough and long, but glory awaits the winning racer in this series. Just never give up and race your hardest!


British GT Car Cup [IA].

You don't need a British car to compete in this series, but you do need an International A license and your best racing skills. This is a racing series featuring only British sports cars. Cars from the likes of Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lotus, and others are featured in this series of three races. Remember that you don't need a British car to compete in this championship.

Races:
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Special Stage Route 5 (Normal)
• Rome Circuit (Reverse)

Prize Money: {20000, 7500, 6000, 5000, 2000, 500}


Gran Turismo World Championship [IA]!

"The greatest machines. The greatest drivers. The greatest honor."
The Gran Turismo World Championship encompasses the finest racing machines in the game. Your opposition will be the extreme- Le Mans GT cars and high-end sportscar racing machines. No excuses- bring a very fast race car if you are to stand ANY chance of winning races here. The races will be long. The races will be tough. But on the other side- total victory awaits. So go fearlessly into the GTWC and battle hard for championship honors!

Races: Grand Valley, Apricot Hill (Reverse), Special Stage Route 5 (Reverse), Trial Mountain, Deep Forest, Test Course, Special Stage Route 11 (Reverse), Tokyo R246, Cote d'Azur, Grand Valley (Reverse)

Prize Money: {35000, 10000, 7500, 6000, 3000, (no prize for 6th)}


FF Challenge [IA].

"For those who want to try motorsports with front-wheel drive."
One more time with front-drive cars, get ready for a series of races designed to test your front-wheel drive racing skills with long races and some fast FWD cars. These are races that are longer than the Amateur League's FF Challenge. Available only to FWD cars.

Races:
• Deep Forest (Reverse)
• Rome Circuit (Normal)
• Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {10000, 6000, 4000, 3000, 1000, 500}


FR Challenge [IA].

You likely have to assume that since this is the Professional class, you will be racing some of the fastest front-engine/RWD cars in this series. You also should be aware that these will be the longest races in this series of races. Available only to front-engine cars with rear-wheel drive.

Races:
• Apricot Hill (Normal)
• Rome Circuit (Reverse)
• Deep Forest (Reverse)

Prize Money: {15000, 7500, 5000, 3000, 1000, 500}


MR Challenge [IA].

"The challenge for all Midship-engine, rear-drive configure machines to win."
By this point, you are likely thinking that the competition will be with the most powerful mid-engine cars. You are absolutely right when you take on this championship. Available only to mid-engined cars with rear-wheel drive.

Races:
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Laguna Seca
• Midfield Raceway (Reverse)

Prize Money: {20000, 7500, 5000, 3000, 1000, 500}


4WD Challenge [IA].

"Declaration of 4WD supremacy."
You will be racing against 4WD cars one last time in this high-level series race. Demonstrate your ability to precisely and accurately race 4WD cars in this three-race series.
Only cars with four-wheel drive drivetrains can enter.

Races:
• Special Stage Route 5 (Reverse)
• Laguna Seca
• Deep Forest (Normal)

Prize Money: {30000, 10000, 5000, 3000, 1000, 500}


Spider and Roadster [IB].

"Cars with the feel of open air. Races with the feel wind in your face."
It is time once again to enjoy racing convertibles and roadsters in this championship. Three venues await you in pushing your skills to the limit with these cars. Limited only to convertibles and roadsters.

Races:
• Grand Valley (Normal)
• Trial Mountain (Normal)
• Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {10000, 6000, 4500, 3500, 1500, 500}


Boxer Spirit [IB].

"Experience the feel of the horizontally-opposed engine."
Did you hold onto your boxer-powered car? If so, bring it to this championship. Three long races await you in testing your abilities with boxer-engine cars.

Races:
• Deep Forest (Reverse)
• Rome Circuit (Normal)
• Super Speedway

Prize Money: {15000, 7000, 4000, 3000, 1000, 500}


Race of NA Sports [IB].

"High revs, high power. Get a feel for a naturally-aspirated engine."
One more time with NA-powered cars. The NA cars you'll be up against are likely going to be powerful automobiles with great performance characteristics. Bring a powerful NA car to this one, or you don't stand a chance. Bring some racing tires too for when you'll have to make pit stops. Limited only to normally-aspirated cars.

Races:
• Apricot Hill (Normal)
• Seattle Circuit (Normal)
• Tokyo R246 (Normal)

Prize Money: {20000, 5000, 2500, 1000, 500, (no prize for 6th)}


Race of Turbo Sports [IB].

"If you want a turbo MONSTER..."
Turbocharge your inner speed demon one last time.
restrictions

Races:
• Midfield Raceway (Normal)
• Test Course
• Apricot Hill (Normal)

Prize Money: {30000, 7500, 5000, 2500, 1000, (no prize for 6th)}


Gran Turismo All-Stars [IA]!

"A great convergence of Super Machines across time and across categories."
Ten races and a vast assortment of racing machines all converge here in an epic 10-race series. You've done this in the Amateur league. Now, you must do this championship with some long races against tough opposition. Can you handle the pressure?

Races: Laguna Seca, Deep Forest (Normal), Midfield Raceway (Reverse), Test Course, Apricot Hill, Rome Circuit (Normal), Seattle Circuit (Reverse), Special Stage Route 11 (Reverse), Grand Valley Speedway (Reverse), Tokyo R246

Prize Money: {50000, 20000, 7500, 5000, 3000, (no prize for 6th)}


All Japan GT Championship [IA]!

"Japan's highest peak. Who will conquer this peak?"
You must once against show your prowess racing JGTC GT500 cars in this championship. Remember that a GT500 car is not needed, but you certainly better bring a competent race car to stand a chance. This is a Professional League race where you'll have to endure longer in races than you did in the Amateur League version of this championship.

Races: Grand Valley (Normal), Apricot Hill (Normal), Test Course, Special Stage Route 11 (Normal), Laguna Seca, Trial Mountain (Normal), Rome Circuit (Reverse), Grand Valley (Reverse), Tokyo R246 (Normal), Cote d'Azur.

Prize Money: {30000, 10000, 7000, 5000, 1000, (no prize for 6th)}


Italian Avant Garde.

"The clash of the Italian avant garde"
Former manager of Lamborghini's composite department, Horacio Pagani, made his own supercar company called Pagani in 1992. Pagani's first automobile was the Pagani Zonda C12 unveiled in 1999. This is the only car allowed and raced in this two-race series. It may only be two races, but the entire opposition are all racing variants of the Pagani Zonda. This race will NOT be easy to win. You may have to max out your Zonda's performance to have the best chance of winning. You race only in its native Italy on the streets of Rome. Only all Pagani Zondas can compete in this series.

Races:
• Rome Circuit
• Rome Circuit (Reverse)

Prize Money: {30000, 8500, 7000, 5500, 2500, 1000}


Race of Red Emblem [IA].

"Those bestowed with the Red Emblem"
It's time to get back into the Skyline/GT-R and compete in a three-race series showcasing this outstanding sports car. Take advantage of its performance characteristics to win. Restricted only to Nissan Skylines (including their racing variants).

Races:
• Tokyo R246 (Normal)
• Grand Valley (Reverse)
• Special Stage Route 11 (Reverse)

Prize Money: {25000, 8000, 7000, 5500, 2500, 1000}


Vitz Race [IB]!

"Limited to the new compact Toyota Vitz"
A professional-level series involving the Toyota Vitz is featured here. Try these cars one last time in a fierce championship as this one. This championship is limited only to the Toyota Vitz and all of its models.

Races: Rome Circuit (Reverse), Laguna Seca, Test Course, Special Stage Route 11 (Reverse), Grand Valley (Reverse)

Prize Money: {7500, 5000, 2500, 1000, 500, 300}


Elise Trophy [IB]!

"Try! The Elise Trophy. Elise, the latest creation from Lotus is light weight using an aluminum frame and FRP. Skillfully drive today's fairy of the legendary Colin Chapman."
The Lotus Elise is a little car with big handling prowess. Don't let its diminutive dimensions make you chuckle or crack a smile- it is a car that is capable of almost anything. Harness its handling ability to win in a five-race championship. All Lotus Elise models are allowed to compete.

Races: Cote d'Azur, Apricot Hill, Deep Forest, Rome Circuit (Reverse), Trial Mountain

Prize Money: {15000, 7000, 3000, (no prize for 4th or worse)}


Clio Trophy [IB]!

"A car born to run fast."
Renault built itself a hot hatch that is a serious step up from the basic Clio. A basic Clio is just another front-drive hatchback that's good for mostly city driving and low-level touring car racing. The RenaultSport Clio is a mid-engine/RWD version of the Clio with a much more powerful engine and enhanced bodywork. Therefore, you will be racing a hot hatch that is volcanic in performance. Prove your worth by racing a five-race championship with this amazing hatchback. Only the Clio Sport V6 24V and its racing variant are allowed to compete here.

Races: Rome Circuit (Normal), Grand Valley (Normal), Special Stage Route 11 (Reverse), Deep Forest (Normal), Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {15000, 7000, 3000, (no prize for 4th or worse)}


Tuscan Challenge [IB]!

"Rebirth of a Prestigious Nameplate. A Legendary Model."
If you have a TVR Tuscan Speed Six, you can compete in this championship. This car was featured in the 2001 movie, "Swordfish." A five-race championship with this wild Tuscan Speed 6 will be the task here as you try to wring out the absolute best out of this wild car. Only the TVR Tuscan Speed 6 can enter. Let this British beast sing down the race track!

Races: Trial Mountain (Reverse), Special Stage Route 5 (Normal), Rome Circuit (Reverse), Seattle Circuit (Normal), Test Course

Prize Money: {50000, 10000, 5000, (no prize for 4th or worse)}


Dream Car Championship [S]!

"Real Imagination. From the Joy of Driving to the Thrill of Victory."
Get ready to race against these dream cars once again. It will be up to you to compete in these longer races with these powerful and extreme cars.

Races: Test Course, Grand Valley (Normal), Trial Mountain (Reverse), Tokyo R246 (Normal), Midfield Raceway (Reverse), Special Stage Route 11 (Reverse), Cote d'Azur

Prize Money: {40000, 9500, 8000, 6500, 3500, 1000}


Polyphony Digital Cup [S]!

"For the hardcore GT fan. All the peak races from each Series."
Polyphony Digital's largest challenge to you is a race on ten courses. All of which, in reverse. You need to win these races to get the money. There is NO prize money for those who finish 2nd or worse. So therefore, WIN AT ALL COSTS! There are no restrictions on what cars to bring, but NO tuned cars or race cars are allowed. Only allowed modifications are different wheels and oil changes.

Races: Trial Mountain (Reverse), Midfield Raceway (Reverse), Rome Circuit (Reverse), Special Stage Route 5 (Reverse), Seattle Circuit (Reverse), Apricot Hill (Reverse), Deep Forest (Reverse), Special Stage Route 11 (Reverse), Grand Valley (Reverse), Tokyo R246 (Reverse)

Prize Money: {50000, (no money for 2nd or worse)}


Like the Wind.

"Be the wind. Know the air."
In a forty-lap race, you race around Test Course against some very fast cars. This is where you can afford to drop in the most powerful engine or turbo upgrades to give yourself all the speed advantage you can handle.

Race:
• Test Course

Prize Money: {10000, 6000, 4500, 3500, 1500, 800}


Formula GT (hidden) [S]!

"For the professional who has conquered all of GT."
Formula Gran Turismo invites you to a very special challenge. You will be racing against formula racing cars for the first time in Gran Turismo history. The Formula 1 cars in this series all exhibit handling characteristics unlike any other race car in Gran Turismo 3. They are not impossible to race, but are incredibly fast and capable. Your reflexes and racing skill all need to be at the absolute maximum to stand a chance of winning. The races will be very long. The final race is basically an F1 race in complexity and length. Only racing cars can compete in this series. To stand the best chance, either bring an F1 car or a very fast Le Mans sportscar to this championship.

Races: Midfield Raceway, Seattle Circuit, Grand Valley, Super Speedway, Rome Circuit, Test Course, Laguna Seca, Apricot Hill, Tokyo R246, and Cote d'Azur.

Prize Money: {30000, 8500, 7000, 5500, 2500, 1000}


That was tough! But... you made it!





--- Rally Events ---

The beautiful thing about this series of events is that you only need a Rally License and some off-road tires. On the other hand, there are two events you can race without needing Dirt Tires. This is a first in Gran Turismo history as you can do rally events without needing rally tires. Each event features three races around the track. The first race is the shortest and easiest, the second race is of medium length and diffculty, and the third race is the longest and toughest of the three. You only win money if you win the race. Since it is just you vs. another car, you either win or have to try again. Don't look for these races to be a money-maker, though. Only 5000 Credits will be offered for a victory in each race.


Rally Challenge.

"Blue sea. Verdant greenery. Beautiful Tahiti."
You will be racing Tahiti Circuit. The Tahiti Challenge of Rally will test your ability to take on the challenge of racing around beautiful Tahiti on a competitive dirt course.

Races: Tahiti Circuit (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Tahiti Maze.

"Escape the maze and taste the nectar of victory."
The tougher of the Tahiti courses, your trip through French Polynesia's most popular island takes you on a wicked tour around Tahiti Maze. It is an unrelenting nightmare in paradise as you are going up against some intense and challenging corners. The roads are also a bit narrow, so make sure to take full advantage of this course's width and roads to win here.

Races: Tahiti Maze (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Smokey Mountain Rally.

"Raise a cloud of dust."
Smokey Mountain is a very fun rally course. Unlike in GT2's Smokey Mountain North, parts of Smokey Mountain have been paved. The course still remains a blast to drive. Enjoy high-speed slides and big jumps as you traverse around this lovely course.

Races: (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Rally of Alps.

"The sound of exhaust reverberating in the Alps."
Switzerland is the location as you test your rally skills in the Swiss Alps. You will be racing a course with two critical switchbacks. Many of the other corners are smooth. To win, you yourself will need to be equally smooth to win the three races here.

Races: Swiss Alps (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Rally Challenge II.

"Blue sea. Verdant greenery. Beautiful Tahiti."
This is a reverse run around Tahiti Circuit. You will face the hairpin first before the long backstretch in the reverse layout. Try your hand at clearing these challenges.

Races: Tahiti Circuit (Reverse) (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Tahiti Maze II.

"Escape the maze and taste the nectar of victory."
If you thought Tahiti Maze was tough normally, try it in reverse. You will face the easier set of hairpins first. Do your best to get through this track cleanly.

Races: Tahiti Maze (Reverse) (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Smokey Mountain Rally II.

"Raise a cloud of dust."
To be honest, Smokey Mountain is not that fun in reverse. You do get to start off on the non-tarmac parts of Smokey Mountain first before an all-paved run to the Start/Finish line. Enjoy full speed racing on this course.

Races: Smokey Mountain (Reverse) (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Rally of Alps II.

"The sound of exhaust reverberating in the Alps"
Take one more ride around Swiss Alps. This time, in reverse. The toughest section heading towards the Start/Finish line is faced first here in the reverse configuration.

Races: Swiss Alps (Reverse) (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Super Special Route 5 (Wet).

"Rain. Pavement and concrete become black terror."
For the first-time ever in Gran Turismo, a rally event is held in an all-tarmac setting. Also, you don't need dirt tires to compete here. Just bring any car (even if it is a rally car). Remember that the roads are wet around Special Stage Route 5. Because of this, you will need to practice careful handling and even more careful car control if you expect to win.

Races: Special Stage Route 5 Wet (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


Super Special Stage Route 5 (Wet) II.

"Rain. Pavement and concrete become black terror."
This is the final event of the Rally Events. You will be racing the reverse layout of Special Stage Route 5. The same conditions apply from the other SSR5 event. Can you rule these rain-slicked streets?

Races: Special Stage Route 5 Wet (Reverse) (three different races)

Prize Money (to winner): {5000}


That's all there is to see on the rally front!





--- Endurance Events ---

As in any sport, the ability to endure is crucial. That ability will be tested in ten endurances races.

Grand Valley 300km.

"The legendary 300-km run. Master this high-speed technical course."
I can tell you that Grand Valley is the signature race track of the Gran Turismo series. I can also tell you that the Grand Valley 300km is the signature race of Gran Turismo. Rather than state these things, let this race and this track SHOW you why this is an exceptional track and an exceptional race. There are no limitations of any kind for what cars can compete here, but it's best you bring a high-powered GT car or a fast GT prototype.

Prize Money: {400000, 100000, 85000, 65000, 40000, 11000}


Seattle 100 Miles.

"Run through this tight and twisty urban street track."
The streets of Seattle, Washington, USA are for you to race on. This is a long race utilizing this track that is full of elevation changes. Your opposition are all high-powered American cars. If you want to be fair, don't bring a high-powered race car to this race. There are no limitations on car type for this race.

Prize Money: {150000, 70000, 55000, 45000, 20000, 9000}


Laguna Seca 200 Endurance.

"Our beloved and tricky circuit, Laguna Seca. The joy of 200 miles."
Laguna Seca Raceway is open for racing action when this 200-mile endurance is the attraction. Your opposition features some of the most powerful GT cars. If you want to be a major player in this race, bring your own high-powered GT car or even a GTP.

Prize Money: {300000, 85000, 70000, 55000, 30000, 10000}


Passage to Colosseo.

"Young man, head for II Colosseo."
Unlike most of the other races, this event is timed. If you competed in Gran Turismo 2 around this track, this is actually a returning endurance (the Millenium in Rome 2 Hour race in GT2). The opposition here are all mid-level European sports cars. There are, however, no limitations on what cars to bring to this event.

Prize Money: {300000, 85000, 70000, 30000, 10000}


Trial Mountain Endurance.

"A road runs over this mountain."
The roads of Trial Mountain are available to be raced on in a challenging two-hour endurance event. Trial Mountain is a race track that has rally course characteristics as you weave your way around rock faces and through forested areas. This race requires that you have a Normal car. In other words- only untuned production cars are allowed to race this event. That may be a good thing because this track can be insane with pure racing cars. Bring your best non-tuned street car to this event. Remember- NO racing cars and NO tuned cars. Your opposition is, for the most part, high-powered Japanese sports cars.

Prize Money: {150000, 70000, 55000, 45000, 20000, 9000}


Special Stage Route 11.

"Route 11. The start of a long night."
With the game's only true night endurance, Special Stage Route 11 is that punishing grind weaving around office buildings and skyscrapers. Very slow corners and bursts of high speed accentuate this course. High-powered GT cars and GTP race cars will serve you well here.

Prize Money: {500000, 120000, 100000, 80000, 50000, 12000}


Roadster Endurance.

"The lightweight open sports cars that changed the world."
This is the first-ever endurance in any Gran Turismo game limited to only one make or one model. This race is ONLY restricted to Mazda Miatas, and no tuned Mazda Miatas are allowed to compete in this race. The Miata is a severely underrated sports car with great performance characteristics. It is also an affordable rear-wheel drive roadster with peppy performance. All Miatas are invited to race, but remember that you can NOT bring a tuned Miata to this race.

Prize Money: {100000, 60000, 45000, 35000, 15000, 8000}


Tokyo Route 246.

"Earn the title of 'Tokyo's Fastest.'"
DTM and JGTC GT 500 cars rumble on the streets of Tokyo in this great endurance. This race lasts for 100 laps and about 2 hours, 45 minutes. Make time to play this one if you haven't already done so. Tokyo R246 is a very fast and long course with some very tricky corners. It has a little of everything to keep you on your toes for the entirety of the race.

Prize Money: {400000, 100000, 85000, 65000, 40000, 11000}


Mistral 78 Laps.

Call it what it is- the Grand Prix of Monaco. This race takes place on the world-renowned Circuit de Monaco course used by Formula 1 for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. Your opposition are all high-powered GT cars and even GT prototypes. Get ready for a long race while punishing your car on every lap on this purgatory of a race track.

Prize Money: {500000, 120000, 100000, 80000, 50000, 12000}


Super Speedway 150 Miles.

"Speed and staying power."
This endurance around Super Speedway is the first-ever endurance race around an oval in Gran Turismo history. While it may seem boring to run a long race on an oval, it is still an endurance. High-powered sports cars are the primary opposition for this endurance. No pure race car is needed here, though there are no limitations on what kind of car you can bring to this race.

Prize Money: {200000, 80000, 65000, 50000, 25000, 9500}


Have you conquered all ten endurances?





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