If you thought the Gran Turismo World Championship was tough, think again. The Expert Series features nine intense series where speeds are higher and races are longer. Get ready for some hard-fought racing. If you haven't a high-speed prototype in your garage as of this moment, I recommend you go get one because you will need some high-speed machinery to compete in two of this series' races. While you don't need a license to compete in any race in GT5, you do require advanced racing skill as well as endurance.
This blog post pertains only to the GT5 Expert-level races. REMEMBER: You must be at Level 15 or higher to compete in this series.
BEFORE I BEGIN:I will be working on creating as many of these race posts for Gran Turismo 5. Because this will all take some time to get everything completely right, I will be releasing posts like these one at a time based on my own Gran Turismo 5 progress. I will make any needed corrections if need be. Any loyal readers can freely contact me and provide extra information that I may have missed. To contact me, Contact Me via E-Mail. Alternatively, you can post a comment to the Wall of my Facebook fan page if you are on Facebook.
Basic Advice.Each race has information on what tracks are raced and how many laps are run for both A-Spec and B-Spec. You must be at a certain level in A-Spec or B-Spec to compete in each event. Those level requirements are listed in parentheses () prior to the description of each series/championship. Each series is listed in a heading with a period at the end, and each championship is listed with an exclamation mark. Any listed requirements (if any) are noted at the end of each introduction. If you only see B-Spec requirements, then that means the race has no limitations for A-Spec.
Races of Gran Turismo 5 Series:This lineup of posts will have more posts added in the future. Check back in this post (and others) for the latest updates and to link to other posts in this series.
• Races of Gran Turismo 5: Beginner Series
• Races of Gran Turismo 5: Amateur Series
• Races of Gran Turismo 5: Professional Series
• Races of Gran Turismo 5: Expert Series (YOU ARE HERE)
• Races of Gran Turismo 5: Extreme Series
• Races of Gran Turismo 5: Endurance Series
LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S):OCT 7 2014 - added links to other posts in this series; updated overall look of posts and made several edits
--- Races of Gran Turismo 5: Expert Series ---
You can back away from these Expert challenges, or you can bravely advance into battle and try to win all the races in this series. Your choice...
By virtue of clearing the Professional Series, you have established yourself as a tour de force in Gran Turismo racing. Now is the time to make the push towards legendary status. The next nine series of races features some intense and long races with some fast machines. If you haven't yet invested in a very fast race car, now is the time to do so. You will need one for the Gran Turismo All-Stars event. The Polyphony Digital Cup also makes a return. Needless to say, errors and mistakes have to be kept to an absolute minimum if you expect to win.
Try to win every race and championship to receive the maximum money as well as the most experience points for each victory. If you win all the races in a championship or in a series, bonus cars will be rewarded to you. Bonus cars are offered for victory both in A-Spec and in B-Spec. Both offer different prize cars. Here is a look at the series and championships in the Beginner Series.
REMEMBER: You must be at Level 15 or higher to compete in this series.
Tuned Car Championship (Level 15)!
"A high-octane celebration of the pursuit of power."A car is only so capable in its stock form. One must tune his/her car to be vastly superior to win. You probably already know this. So in this championship, you have two options: bring your most potent tuned car, or bring your best Tuner car to this championship. I won in A-Spec using the Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo. So that may be a car you could use for this championship.
Racing Hard tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• ROUNDS: Suzuka Circuit (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec), Daytona International Speedway-Road (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec), Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec), Special Stage Route 5 (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec), and Tokyo R246 (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec)
Schwarzwald League A (Level 15).
"A fierce showdown between veterans of the German sports car scene."A returning championship from Gran Turismo 4, Schwarzwald League A is concentrated on German cars that are no powerful than 250hp. There is no need to come out with with a very powerful German car for this championship. You do, however, need a German car to compete. Two races await you for this championship.
Only German cars can compete in this series. Sports Hard tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• Nürburgring GP/F (3 laps A-Spec; 6 laps B-Spec)
• Tokyo R246 (3 laps A-Spec; 6 laps B-Spec)
MR Sports Cup (Level 16).
"Be the fastest on the field in this contest for cars with mid-mounted engines."Mid-engine cars can deliver some of the finest handling of any car. Taming these cars, however, takes a great deal of skill. Enjoy the beautiful handling these cars have to provide by challenging yourself to three races demonstrating the prowess mid/RWD cars can provide. Oh, and don't think about bringing your NSX- the Typical Opponents are mostly mid/RWD supercars like the Saleen S7, Ford GT, Jaguar XJ220, Ferrari Enzo, and cars like that. If the supercar that you used in the Supercar Festival is mid/RWD, bring that car to the MR Sports Cup. Otherwise, you don't stand a chance here.
This championship is restricted to mid-engined cars with rear-wheel drive. Sports Soft tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• Deep Forest Raceway (5 laps A-Spec; 10 laps B-Spec)
• High Speed Ring [Reverse] (5 laps A-Spec; 10 laps B-Spec)
• Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 (2 laps A-Spec; 4 laps B-Spec)
Historic Racing Car Cup (Level 16).
"Cars from the golden age of motor racing come back to compete again."Before you think this is just a re-hash of the World Classic Car Series, think again. This is where some of the fastest vintage race cars compete in an intense championship. Two races are available to you to test out your vintage racing skills. If you are seeking to win the PSN Trophy "Dream Race," you may want to race with the Ferrari 330 P4 Race Car, Ford GT40 Mark IV Race Car, or the Jaguar XJ13 Race Car. To tell you from experience, you'll need something better for the second race. So go get a Toyota 7 Race Car for the second race. If you don't have the money to get any of these cars, see if any of your PSN friends can help you out. See if any of your PSN friends have any of these cars available to share online for you to borrow in races. I borrowed a Ferrari 330 P4 from a friend and won the first race of this series.
All cars made in 1979 or earlier are allowed to compete in this series. Racing Medium tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• Deep Forest Raceway (5 laps A-Spec; 10 Laps B-Spec)
• Cote d'Azur (5 laps A-Spec; 8 Laps B-Spec)
Turbo Challenge (Level 17).
"Push your turbocharged car to the limit in this celebration of speed and power."Allow me to introduce the Turbo Challenge to you. If you have a turbo-powered car, you are eligible to compete in these events. Turbo cars are boost-assisted machines. Have you a turbo car? If so, you are invited to race in this series of two races against other turbo-powered cars.
All turbo cars are allowed to compete. No supercharged or normally-aspirated cars are allowed. B-Spec racing requires Sports Soft tires or less.
• High Speed Ring (3 laps A-Spec; 10 laps B-Spec)
• Autodromo Nazionale Monza (3 laps A-Spec; 6 laps B-Spec)
Gallardo Trophy (Level 17).
"Harness a 560HP beast in this one-make race for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4."Taking over as the successor to the Lamborghini Countach, the Lamborghini Gallardo is the car of choice for this single race event. Take advantage of the Gallardo's performance capabilities to win this race. The race happens on the streets of Rome with you and 11 other Gallardos battling for top position. It will be a fierce battle with 12 Lamborghini Gallardos taking each other on in a fierce racing battle.
Only the 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 can compete. Sports Soft tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• Rome Circuit (5 Laps A-Spec; 11 laps B-Spec)
Japanese Championship (Level 18)!
"A battle to decide the fastest Japanese car of all."Japanese cars will be used in this championship to decide the fastest Japanese car ever made. Do you think you have the fastest one? Prove it in this five-race championship!
Only Japanese cars are allowed to compete. Sports Soft tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• ROUNDS: Tsukuba Circuit (10 laps A-Spec; 14 laps B-Spec), Fuji Speedway GP/F (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec), Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec), Autodromo Nazionale Monza (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec), and Suzuka Circuit (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec)
Gran Turismo All-Stars (Level 19)!
"Who is the fastest? It's time to find out once and for all."The Gran Turismo All-Stars in Gran Turismo 5 marks the fourth-ever time it was featured and the third straight time as a championship. This championship brings together the fastest racing machines from the past and present in a unique convergence for racing supremacy. You can either decide the fastest car in history by bragging or by doing it the way racers prefer proving things- on the track. A five race championship will determine the fastest racing machine ever produced. Knuckle up for this one.
Racing Medium tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• ROUNDS: Trial Mountain (5 laps A-Spec; 10 laps B-Spec), Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps A-Spec; 9 laps B-Spec), Nürburgring Nordschleife (1 lap A-Spec; 2 laps B-Spec), Cape Ring (5 laps A-Spec; 6 laps B-Spec), and Tokyo R246 (5 laps A-Spec; 8 laps B-Spec)
Polyphony Digital Cup (Level 19)!
"A high-level race event for the best of the best."The third-ever installment of the Polyphony Digital Cup is in the GT5 lineup of races. This series' roots has been about racing the best original courses in Reverse layouts. Here, you will be racing on only three tracks. None of which are reverse layouts.
Sports Soft tires or less are required for B-Spec racing.
• ROUNDS: Circuito de Madrid-Mini (5 laps A-Spec; 14 laps B-Spec), Trial Mountain (5 laps A-Spec; 8 laps B-Spec), and Grand Valley Speedway (5 laps A-Spec; 7 laps B-Spec)
You have done masterfully to clear the Expert Series of races. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is one more championship that awaits you, and it is not easy at all. Long and punishing races await you in the next series. However, glory and high prize money are attainable for victory in each event and championship. Prepare for the final of the regular championships- the Extreme Series! Make sure to challenge tougher series if you've acquired enough experience to reach tougher championships.
More to come for this series of blog posts regarding GT5's races! Until next time, thank you for reading!
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