Races of Gran Turismo 4 - Official Events

(UPDATED: April 11, 2012)

This one only pertains to the official races. The Extreme Hall will not be available until you clear all the Beginner and Professional Races. The focal point of Gran Turismo is in racing. Racing is how you clear the game. Gran Turismo 4's many races are too much for one blog post, so I will segment them into a series of blog posts. This post features the Official races of Gran Turismo 4. In other words, the three series in Beginner, Professional, and Extreme Events. This blog post features a look at each race in each championship, but also includes some advice from me in taking on these events.


GT4 Race Series.

When the series is complete, you can link to each post in the series through this post. Here is the list of posts to be made on JGTS about GT4's races:

• Races of Gran Turismo 4 - Official Events (YOU ARE HERE)
Races of Gran Turismo 4 - Regional Events
Races of Gran Turismo 4 - Endurance Events

• Races of Gran Turismo 4 - Special Condition Events (POSSIBLE)
• Races of Gran Turismo 4 - Driving Missions (POSSIBLE)


I am NOT planning on doing one involving the One-Make races.





--- Races of Gran Turismo 4 at a Glance ---

Gran Turismo 4 Official Event Races
^ Welcome to my blog post on Gran Turismo 4's Official Events!

Gran Turismo 4's massive map of items in Gran Turismo Mode features many items. Among the most important are the races (and the other stuff like car dealers, of course). Gran Turismo 4 follows the model set by Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec with different levels of racing based on difficulty and length. GT3's model, however, was severely convoluted with certain races appearing in different levels of GT3. There were three levels of certain championships and series, such as the drivetrain-limited races. In GT4, the drivetrain-limited races are all part of one championship rather than spread across multiple difficulty levels.


B-Spec.

A big factor in Gran Turismo 4 is that of B-Spec. B-Spec is your AI racing counterpart that you can hire to do races you don't want to do in A-Spec. Many people call the B-Spec racer as (and I personally think this name sounds stupid) "B-Spec Bob." I personally call the B-Spec racer as my teammate. Whether you like the B-Spec racer or not, B-Spec may give you the best chance at winning races if you can't win them on your own. Some feel it is the game playing itself for you. If anything, B-Spec comes in handy, especially in the Endurance races, and especially when you can not make time to compete in these on your own.


Restrictions.

Many of the races are sorted specifically by certain determining factors such as car type, model year, models themselves, and more. Races that do not have any restrictions on car type automatically means you can bring any car to any championship that has no restrictions on car type.

• Typically, a race that has no restriction on car type means you can bring almost any car to any race. Certain races are restricted to Production cars. Any car rated as Normal is a Production car. Unlike in previous Gran Turismo games (namely GT1 and GT3), Normal doesn't mean a factory-stock car. Normal means "Production" car. So in races that are restricted to Production cars, no Concept, Tuner, or Racing cars are allowed. Concept cars do not qualify as Production cars. Tuner cars, even those that look completely normal, are NOT qualified as Production cars. And certainly, Racing cars are NOT Normal cars. Normal means Normal. In this blog post, "Normal/Production" will be used to denote Normal (or Production) cars. They mean the same thing.

• Any race that specially allows for Standard or Sports tires automatically assumes that you will be racing against street cars and that only street cars are allowed. A race with no tire restrictions usually means the race features race cars or tuner cars.

• Races restricted by model year allow only for cars created in a certain year or within a certain decade be raced. So if a race calls for cars up to 1970, that means that only cars created in 1970 or earlier are qualified to enter.

• There are also races restricted to a certain model or models. If only certain cars are allowed into a championship, then pay close attention to the featured models to get an idea of what cars are allowed for a race. These may also include races restricted to a certain nationality or nationalities of car.

• Some races have other restrictions, like engine aspiration. Pay attention to all requirements and make sure to meet those requirements before entering a race.


Now a look at the series of races...


The Event Types.

The Official events feature races broken up by difficulty and by complexity. The Beginner Events are your gateway to Gran Turismo. These events are characterized on car type for the most part. In the Professional Events, the racing is more based on hard-fought racing with some of the toughest events you'll take part in. It, unlike the Beginner Events, features championships. Clearing all the races and winning all the championships in the first two Event halls unlocks the Extreme Events. The longest and most difficult races are in the Extreme Events including the championship with the most number of races- the returning Formula GT. This is where you establish yourself as a legend (not just a champion) after having cleared the Beginner and Professional Events.

In addition to the various Official races, there are a smattering of region-based events specializing only on cars from certain regions. You can race against cars from America, Europe, and Japan in these races. Many of the races are fairly strict on what kinds of cars you can race with and against. Only two championships don't require cars of the region-based nationality of the events.

The number of Endurance races is the most in Gran Turismo history (even more than in Gran Turismo 5) with sixteen endurance races. Thanks to the B-Spec racer, more people have an opportunity to compete in and complete many of the longer races, especially those who can't make time to complete each event. B-Spec will allow you to run races at faster speeds. This can be helpful with the longer endurances. For instance, you can speed up the B-Spec racer's progress through a 24-hour race. What takes 24 hours in real time can take up to 10 hours in one play-through with B-Spec speed at 3x. You can not race in any Endurances until you have completed at least 25% of the Gran Turismo 4.


About This Post...

Gran Turismo 4's model is fairly consistent with the Official races. You are racing in three levels of competition segmented on difficulty and length. Unlike in past Gran Turismo games, you will race the Gran Turismo World Championship last when you are done winning every race in the Beginner Events and Professional Events. You don't race the fastest possible machines in the Beginner class. However, it is made more interesting with the debut of the Sport Truck Race, limited only to pickup trucks. The Professional Events feature races involving faster cars and even includes some championships. One can race individual events or go for the championship. If you want to really clear a series, compete in the championship series if a Championship Race is offered. Clearing both the Beginner and Professional Events leaves you to the biggest and most grueling challenge of all- the Extreme Events. The fastest cars, longest races, and most difficult challenges await you here. Your racing skill will be pushed to new heights in this series of races in the Extreme Events.

This is how each series will be featured:


Legend:

This is a Single Race [LICENSE].

This is a Championship Race [LICENSE]!

"Text Description"
Introduction

Requirements (if any)

RACES:
• Single Race (Normal/Reverse or Layout, laps)

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Championship Rd. 1 (Normal/Reverse or Layout, Laps), Championship Rd. 2 (Normal/Reverse or Layout, Laps), etc.

Prize Money: {1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th}
Championship Bonus (if offered): {winning bonus}


A Side Note (and a dirty trick)...

The assumption in tire discussion is that all series requiring Standard/Sports tires assumes that you will be racing against street cars. This restriction is severely misleading because you assume that your opposition will all be street cars. However, there are a number of series where there are no restrictions on tires, and you either bring a car too weak to contend or too powerful to contend in a series/championship. You will know the difference when you bring a high-powered GT car to a championship against mid-level and high-level sports cars. If you see that a championship does not require Normal/Production cars, you can bring Concept, Tuner, and Racing cars to the series. So you can equip a Concept, Tuner, or Racing car with Standard/Sports tires to gain an unfair advantage in series that do not require cars be Normal/Production.

It doesn't help much that you have to have a qualifying car to be able to even see a preview of a certain race. So all I can do is show you what races there are in the game without needing to have a qualifying car to just see a preview.


So let's begin!





--- GT4: Beginner Events ---

"Start here to experience the joy of racing."

-in-game text
Every future champion has to start somewhere. That somewhere for you is in the Beginner Events. These events feature a bunch of races to test your racing skills going up against a great variety of automobiles. Many of these races are fairly brief and don't require too much to be successful. Every event in the Beginner Events menu are all Single Race formats, so don't worry about championships here. Just get out there and race at your absolute best.

Happy motoring! :)


Sunday Cup.

"Compete in this race whenever you like- an easygoing race where you don't need a license."
The Sunday Cup has always been the gateway to racing in the Gran Turismo universe since the first title. Just bring your car and go for a casual race. These are five races to help you to make your grand debut to Gran Turismo 4.

Races:
• Autumn Ring Mini (Reverse, 2 Laps)
• Beginner Course (Normal, 4 laps)
• High Speed Ring (Normal, 2 Laps)
• Clubman Stage Route 5 (Reverse, 2 laps)
• Twin Ring Motegi - West Short Course (3 laps)

Prize Money: {600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100}


FF Challenge.

"The key becoming a technical driver. Aim to master the fastest front-engined, front-wheel drive cars."
With front-wheel drive cars, you will be battling in a five-race series limited only to FWD cars. Enjoy the traction these cars provide and how they are near impossible to spin out.

Only FWD cars can enter, and Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Mid-Field Raceway (Reverse, 2 Laps)
• Suzuka Circuit - East Course (3 laps)
• Hong Kong (Reverse, 2 Laps)
• Grand Valley East (Normal, 2 Laps)
• Twin Ring Motegi - East Short Course (2 Laps)

Prize Money: {1500, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100}


FR Challenge.

"Experience the magic of rear-wheel drift, the very essence of sports cars."
A front-engined car with rear-wheel drive offers great fun in racing and driving. Get proper pull of the road and even show off some drifting if you are daring enough. Be warned not to overstep the performance boundaries of front-engined RWD cars. Their biggest weakness is the fear of spinning out in the corners. Be sure to drive these carefully.

Only front-engine cars with RWD can enter. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Seattle Circuit (Reverse, 2 laps)
• Tsukuba Circuit (3 laps)
• Special Stage Route 5 (Normal, 2 laps)
• Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (2 laps)
• Motorland (Reverse, 4 laps)

Prize Money: {1500, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100}


4WD Challenge.

"The new wave of sports cars. Blast out of corners using the superb traction 4WD offers."
Four-wheel drive offers the traction of FWD and the acceleration of RWD in an all-in-one package. While this may sound intriguing, the biggest downfall is that they result in heavier cars. 4WD is more reserved for rally racing than road racing. That doesn't mean, however, that the fun in racing these machines is diminished. Try wrestling around a 4WD car in this five-race series against five other 4WD cars.

Only 4WD cars can enter. Standard/Sports tires required.

RACES:
• Grand Valley East (Normal, 2 laps)
• Autumn Ring Mini (Reverse, 4 laps)
• Suzuka Circuit - East Course (3 laps)
• El Capitan (Reverse, 2 laps)
• Fuji Speedway '90s (2 laps)

Prize Money: {1500, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100}


MR Challenge.

"A collection of machines with ideal handling characteristics allowing boldness and finesse in handling."
When you race with a mid-engine car, you have brilliant handling as most of the weight of the car is in the middle and at the rear. You have the same drivetrain as most sophisticated race cars (such as F1 race cars). These cars are not easy to drive- they can be too easy to spin out if not careful. Take your time and be patient racing mid/RWD cars.

Only mid-engine (not rear-engine) cars with RWD can enter. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Beginner Course (Normal, 5 laps)
• Autumn Ring (Reverse, 2 laps)
• New York (Reverse, 2 laps)
• Fuji Speedway '90s (2 laps)
• El Capitan (Normal, 2 laps)

Prize Money: {2000, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}


Light-Weight K-Car Cup.

"Small, but interesting to drive, this series of races features Japanese microcars."
Whether you like these cars or not, you will be racing with Japan's Kei cars. These are mini cars that are small in length. Cars like the Suzuki Alto Works, the Daihatsu Midget D-Type, the Honda Beat, and cars like these are for you to race with and against in the Lightweight K Cup.

Only cars 3400 mm long or less can enter. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Motorland (Normal, 4 laps)
• Tsukuba Circuit (3 laps)
• Beginner Course (Normal, 7 laps)

Prize Money: {2000, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100}


Spider and Roadster [B].

"Battle for speed in convertible sports cars."
Spiders and roadsters prepare to clash in three races. Bring out your convertibles or roadsters to compete in this series. Get ready for some great racing action featuring convertibles and roadsters. This is the only race in the Beginner Events that requires a license.

Only convertibles can compete. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Twin Ring Motegi - East Short Course (2 laps)
• Trial Mountain (Reverse, 2 laps)
• Infineon Raceway - Sports Car Course (2 laps)

Prize Money: {3000, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}


Sport Truck Race.

"A race that shows off monster pickup trucks that symbolize American horsepower."
The Sport Truck Race features pickup trucks tuned to be racing machines. This series allows for pickup trucks to do some road racing across three tracks.

Only pickup trucks can enter this series. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Fuji Speedway '90s (2 laps)
• Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (2 laps)
• Seattle Circuit (Reverse, 2 laps)

Prize Money: {1200, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200}





One set of races are done. Get ready for more trouble for when the Professional Races come into play. I will discuss the Professional Races next. First, make sure you're reading the full post. If not, and if you wish to continue reading, click on "Read More" to continue.






--- GT4: Professional Events ---

"Tons of races that test your limits!"

-in game text
The payout is greater, the races are longer, the competition is even more fierce... welcome to the big time. This is where you can validate yourself as a force to be reckoned with in Gran Turismo. Or, it can be where you mightily struggle and fail to rebound from poor performances. Whatever the case, this is a championship which will not hold back, and neither will your opposition. You can compete in championships to test your ability to endure and battle hard. You will be introduced to new tracks and tracks you haven't yet driven on in races.

Every race in the Professional Events requires a license. You must clear all the Beginner and Professional races with victories in every race and championship before you can enter the Gran Turismo World Championship. If you need advice on competing in the GTWC, visit my blog post offering advice on GT4's GT World Championship.


Clubman Cup [B].

"A traditional series where fanatical drivers of sports models compete for speed."
As much as the Sunday Cup is the gateway to Gran Turismo racing, the Clubman Cup has always been that next step in racing. In Gran Turismo 4, it is your gateway to professional-level racing. Bring your B-License and your best racing skills if you expect to compete in this five-race series.

Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Apricot Hill (Normal, 3 laps)
• Twin Ring Motegi - East Short Course (3 laps)
• Seoul Central (Reverse, 4 laps)
• Clubman Stage Route 5 Normal (5 laps)
• Deep Forest (Normal, 3 laps)

Prize Money: {3000, 1000, 500, 400, 300, 200}


Tuning Car Grand Prix [A]!

"A festival of high-performance cars with the spellbinding attraction of more power."
Think of this championship like the Tuned Car championship in Gran Turismo 1. This is the first championship in Gran Turismo 4. It is also the first race requiring an A-License of all races so far. This is where you can modify your car to the absolute max and then go racing with it. You can even invite Tuner cars to compete in this championship. There are really no restrictions- just bring a powerful tuned-up car and go race!

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Apricot Hill (Reverse, 3 laps), Fuji Speedway '90s (3 laps), Tokyo R246 (Normal, 2 laps), El Capitan (Reverse, 3 laps), Tsukuba Circuit (5 laps)

Prize Money: {10000, 6000, 4000, 3000, 1000, 500}
Championship Bonus: 20000


Race of NA Sport [B].

"Feel the exhilaration of pushing it to the redline and growing excitement as the pitch of the exhaust rises."
With a normally-aspirated car, you can enjoy high-revving and high-powered characteristics of NA cars. You will compete in five races where you battle against other NA cars in intense competition. Keep your cool and race hard, and you'll do just fine.

Only normally-aspired cars can compete, and cars equipped with superchargers are disallowed. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Infineon Raceway - Sports Car Course (3 laps)
• Apricot Hill (Reverse, 3 laps)
• Twin Ring Motegi - Road Course (3 laps)
• Special Stage Route 5 (Reverse, 3 laps)
• Trial Mountain (Normal, 3 laps)

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


Race of Turbo Sport [B].

"Feel the intensity of extreme torque with these boost-assisted machines."
Many people who criticize turbo cars dislike them since they have so many bolt-on parts to help them go fast. The whining and boosting of turbo engines are for you to play with on the track. Make the most of turbo-tuned cars in this five-race series.

Only turbo cars can enter, and cars equipped with superchargers are disallowed. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Fuji Speedway '80s (3 laps)
• Tokyo R246 (Reverse, 2 laps)
• High Speed Ring (Normal, 3 laps)
• New York (Reverse, 3 laps)
• Mid-Field Raceway (Normal, 3 laps)

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


Boxer Spirit [B].

A race that showcases cars with boxer engines and their distinctive sound.
The roar of horizontally-opposed (or boxer) engines are on display for this three-race series. Your tour of duty in this series features some of the finest automobiles that have boxer engines. It can be tough to find one boxer engine car when you've got over 700 cars in the game. Read the paragraph below for a little guidance on what cars to buy if you want to compete in this championship.

Only cars with boxer engines can compete. To make it easier on you in finding boxer engine cars, here is a short list: almost any Subaru Impreza, almost any Subaru Legacy, either the Ruf RGT or 3400s, and the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe (Type-1) are all boxer engine cars. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Hong Kong (Normal, 4 laps)
• Infineon Raceway - Sports Car Course (3 laps)
• Deep Forest (Reverse, 3 laps)

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


World Classics [IB]!

"A white-hot battle between the still-popular cars of automobile history."
The World Classic Car Series is a festival of automobile history featuring vintage automobiles in racing competition. You are invited to bring your old cars to this championship to compete in vintage racing. Enjoy the roar and the performance of the cars of yesteryear in the modern world of racing. Because you are racing with vintage cars and older cars, these cars take delicate care as many of them don't have modern intricacies that allow for great handling and such. They don't go as fast as modern cars and don't have superior handling. To win in this championship, you must demonstrate the ability to competitively race with whatever car you have and make the most of its abilities against other classic cars.

All cars made made in 1970 or earlier (meaning no cars after 1970) are allowed to compete in this championship. Standard/Sports tires are required.

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Fuji Speedway '80s (2 laps), El Capitan (Reverse, 2 laps), Nürburgring Nordschleife (1 lap), Cote d'Azur (2 laps), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (2 laps)

Prize Money: {10000, 6000, 4000, 3000, 1000, 500}
Championship Winning Bonus: 50000


World Compact [IB]!

"Being small has its advantages. This is a high level battle between legions of hot hatches."
Because not every great car is big in size, there is the World Compact Car Race. This is a World Championship featuring compact cars engaged in racing battle. You will use compact cars to compete in a five-race championship. These cars are bigger performers than their size would indicate. So bring out cars like your Miatas, your Minis, your Golfs, and cars like that to this championship and prepare to race these compacts to the limit!

Only cars 4000 mm in length or shorter can compete. Standard/Sports tires are required.

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Seattle Circuit (Normal, 3 laps), Tsukuba Circuit (5 laps), Grand Valley East (Reverse, 4 laps), Hong Kong (Reverse, 4 laps), Twin Ring Motegi - East Short Course (4 laps)

Prize Money: {7500, 5000, 2500, 1000, 500, 300}
Championship Winning Bonus: 30000


Supercar Festival [IA].

"A dream race where super high-level cars compete for dominance."
The roar and rumble of supercars take center stage in the Supercar Festival. You will be racing with and against some of GT4's supercars. Supercars in the Gran Turismo series are of a rare breed for many GT gamers. Here, you are talking about supercars in high-level battle. Only the fastest and most powerful street cars in Gran Turismo 4 are up for racing action in this series. The races will be long and against some high-dollar sports cars. Make sure you're up to the task when you bring out cars like the Jaguar XJ220, Saleen S7, Ford GT, and cars like these to this series. This may be a difficult championship to race in with the driving model GT4 has in play. Adding horsepower and things will make these already tough cars to drive even more so. Especially considering you are doing this on street-legal tires in this series, it can be daunting to make the most of a vastly-powerful supercar without needing to use racing tires. So to be better safe than sorry, look for Normal/Production cars that have at least 493 horsepower or more. I named three examples you can use in this championship earlier in the introduction to this series.

Only Normal/Production cars with 493hp or more can enter. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Seoul Central (Normal, 8 laps)
• Fuji Speedway '90s (6 laps)
• New York (Normal, 6 laps)
• Mid-Field Raceway (Reverse, 6 laps)
• Infineon Raceway - Sports Car Course (6 laps)

Prize Money: {15000, 7500, 5000, 4000, 1500, 800}


Gran Turismo World Championship [IA]!

"Destined to win. This is the peak that the world's race cars aspire to."
NOTE: You can not enter this championship until you have won every other race and championship in the Beginner and Professional Events. This is the ultimate championship of Gran Turismo. The Gran Turismo World Championship is the world championship of Gran Turismo racing. The fastest and most powerful racing machines go worldwide in intense racing action. In order for you to be competitive, you'll need to bring out more than your fastest race car (presumably any prototype race car that costs 3.5 million Credits or 4.5 million Credits)- you'll need to bring your best racing skill as well. It will NOT be easy to win in championship if you don't bring your best racing machine to this dance. You will be competing in the longest and most difficult races thus far. Pit strategy is just as important as trying to win every race. All I can recommend- you've done well to get to this point. Victory is not impossible for this championship, so do your absolute best.

Remember, if you need piece-by-piece advice on the GTWC in GT4, visit "Gran Turismo 4 - Gran Turismo World Championship Advice" here on John's Gran Turismo Space.


CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Tokyo R246 (Normal, 10 laps), Twin Ring Motegi - Super Speedway (21 Laps), Hong Kong (Normal, 18 laps), Seoul Central (Reverse, 19 laps), El Capitan (Normal, 11 laps), New York (Normal, 15 laps), Opera Paris (Reverse, 18 laps), Suzuka Circuit (9 laps), Grand Valley (Reverse, 11 laps), Circuit de la Sarthe - I (4 laps)

Prize Money: {25000, 7500, 5000, 4000, 1500, 800}
Championship Winning Bonus: 250000





Congratulations if you've won all the championships! There is only one more set of official races, and none of them will be easy. Get ready for the toughest batch of races this game has to offer for when the Extreme Events come around.





--- GT4: Extreme Events ---

"The races may be treacherous, but glory awaits."

-in-game text
There is no turning back now. You've raced this hard to reach this point. Now, you are faced with some of the game's toughest and most punishing races. Anything less than victory or fast at this point is substandard. Seven different events are set up spread across multiple championships and series races. These are some of the longest and most difficult races you will experience. You can't just back away from these challenges. You have to take them head-on and make the most of what you have. Do your best and try to win as many as you can!


Gran Turismo All Stars [IA]!

"A cars between cars created for speed to determine which one is supreme."
An old favorite since Gran Turismo 2, GT4's GT All-Stars is the third-ever Gran Turismo All-Stars event featured and the second time it has been featured as a championship. You will race in ten events featuring the fastest and most powerful racing machines in Gran Turismo 4. You may want to bring your fastest car you used in the Gran Turismo World Championship and race that car here in this championship.

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: High Speed Ring (Reverse, 7 laps), Fuji Speedway '80s (6 laps), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (7 laps), Autumn Ring (Reverse, 9 laps), Test Course (3 laps), Grand Valley (Reverse, 6 laps), Suzuka Circuit (5 laps), Infineon Raceway - Stock Car Course (8 laps), Circuit de la Sarthe - I (2 laps), Nürbrgring Nordschleife (2 laps)

Prize Money: {15000, 7500, 5000, 4000, 1500, 800}
Championship Winning Bonus: 100000


Dream Car Championship [S]!

"A race between the sports cars of your dreams."
The Dream Car Championship returns for another go since its debut in Gran Turismo 3. I mosty know this as the championship featuring Gran Turismo's ever famous "LM Race Cars" and other fantasy race cars. This is a ten-race championship with a lot of money on the line. Be ready to bring your fastest race car (preferably not a prototype) to compete here. A high-powered GT car or very fast touring car may be just enough to get you by here.

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Opera Paris (Normal, 7 laps), Tokyo R246 (Reverse, 4 laps), Deep Forest (Normal, 5 laps), Seoul Central (Reverse, 7 laps), Hong Kong (Normal, 7 laps), Test Course (2 laps), Beginner Course (Normal, 27 laps), Circuit de la Sarthe - II (2 laps), El Capitan (Reverse, 4 laps), Cote d'Azur (7 laps)

Prize Money: {20000, 8000, 6000, 5000, 2000, 1000}
Championship Winning Bonus: 200000


Polyphony Digital Cup [S]!

"Even everyday cars can look tough. This is a high-level series that attracts the best drivers."
Every fictional track is run in the reverse direction in the Polyphony Digital Cup.

Standard/Sports tires are required.

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Twin Ring Motegi - Road Course (6 laps), Seattle Circuit (Reverse, 7 laps), Infineon Raceway - Stock Car Course (8 laps), Tokyo R246 (Reverse, 5 laps), Fuji Speedway 2005 (6 laps), Motorland (Reverse, 19 laps), Circuit de la Sarthe - I (2 laps), El Capitan (6 laps), Suzuka Circuit (5 laps), Nürburgring Nordschleife (2 laps)

Prize Money: {20000, 8000, 6000, 5000, 2000, 1000}
Championship Winning Bonus: 200000


Like the Wind [S].

"Compete in the 1kg/hp power-to-weight ratio class."
This is the only one-race series in Gran Turismo 4. You only race Test Course in a fairly quick race. Max out the horsepower to your fastest race car and go full speed in this event.

RACE: Test Course (5 laps)

Prize Money: {20000, 8000, 6000, 5000, 2000, 1000}


Formula GT [S]!

"These are 15 races based on an original formula to decide the fastest in history."
Formula GT made its debut in Gran Turismo 3 with a number of fictional F1 cars. That intense challenge returns for GT4, and while there is now only one formula racing machine in the entire game, the action is still very intense. This championship is simply Gran Turismo's version of the Formula 1 World Championship. This championship marks the largest-ever number of races featured in a championship in Gran Turismo history with 15 races. You don't need to have the Formula Gran Turismo in your possession, but you can bring your fastest race car to this one (preferably a GT prototype or a Le Mans prototype). These races will be very long and very difficult with races that last anywhere between 90 minutes (1 hr., 30 min.) to two hours. Make sure to make time to complete these races (or trust your B-Spec racer to do all the dirty work if you have faith in using your B-Spec racer). But as always, victory is not impossible. So do your absolute best!

CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Tokyo R246 (Normal, 60 laps), Twin Ring Motegi - Super Speedway (127 laps), New York (Normal, 74 laps), High Speed Ring (Normal, 77 laps), Grand Valley Speedway (Normal, 62 laps), Circuit de la Sarthe - I (23 laps), Cote d'Azur (78 laps), Seoul Central (Normal, 113 laps), Infineon Raceway - Sports Car Course (76 laps), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (85 laps), Twin Ring Motegi - Road Course (64 laps), Nürburgring Nordschleife (15 laps), El Capitan (Normal, 64 laps), Fuji Speedway 2005 (67 laps), Suzuka Circuit (53 laps)

Prize Money: {100000, 25000, 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000}
Championship Winning Bonus: 3000000


Real Circuit Tours [IA].

"A serious competition that uses a chain of real-life race tracks."
The Real Circuit Tours is a series of races featuring only real-world race tracks. In this championship, only the fastest race cars in GT4 are featured. Make sure you know how to race each of the real-world race tracks in this series to have any chance of winning.

RACES:
• Suzuka Circuit (6 laps)
• Twin Ring Motegi - Road Course (8 laps)
• Tsukuba Circuit (15 laps)
• Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (10 laps)
• Infineon Raceway - Sports Car Course (9 laps)
• Fuji Speedway 2005 GT (8 laps)
• Circuit de la Sarthe - I (3 laps)
• Nürburgring Nordschleife (2 laps)

Prize Money: {15000, 7500, 5000, 4000, 1500, 800}


Premium Sports Lounge [IB].

"An exotic race between premium sports cars."
The high-end super sports cars of Gran Turismo 4 are invited to compete in this series of races. This is the only race that requires an International B license to compete. You will be racing with some of the best sports cars GT4 has to offer here. If you used a certain car in the Supercar Festival, you are invited to bring that car to this championship, granted it is accepted into the championship (which it should be).

Only premier sports cars (such as the Mercedes SLR McLaren, Aston Martin Vanquish, Ford GT, BMW M3 GTR, and many others) are allowed to compete. Standard/Sports tires are required.

RACES:
• Cote d'Azur (4 laps)
• Opera Paris (Normal, 5 laps)
• Hong Kong (Reverse, 5 laps)
• High Speed Ring (Reverse, 4 laps)
• New York (Reverse, 3 laps)

Prize Money: {12000, 6500, 5000, 4000, 1500, 800}





That's all for this championship. It will NOT be easy, as you've just learned.





I did not include the prize cars that you win for clearing each series or championship. If you want to learn what prize cars you win for clearing each specific event, please visit the database by my friends at GTPlanet at the GT4 Prize Car database on GTPlanet.net, and click on the database appropriate to your region, whether NA, PAL, or JPN.

This will be one in a series of blog posts about the races of Gran Turismo 4. I have other posts lined up concerning the region-based events and the Endurances. For now, I'd like to thank you for reading. Please subscribe to this blog if you enjoy my work. Thank you for reading!

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