--- Apricot Hill Raceway ---Give Apricot Hill a warm welcome:
^ This track should not be taken lightly. A good mix of speed and handling is not bad to consider for a challenging track like Apricot Hill. (picture credit from Gran Turismo 2)
Apricot Hill Raceway debuted in Gran Turismo 2. It has the feel of a proper Grand Prix style racing course all the way around. It has 12 corners and is about 2.4-miles (3.86-kilometers) long. The GT2 version had some city buildings in the distance heading into the chicane that leads onto the Start/Finish straight. GT3 and GT4/TT featured the track looking more like a proper racing facility. The number of technical corners are enough to ignite the competitive fire of a proper Grand Prix race car driver. It also has a host of undulating sections to really throw your car off-balance. If you want to win here, it is very important you don't let your guard down for once. Push your car (or motorcycle) to the limit in all of the corners and don't hold back. Attack the apexes and maintain a solid line especially through the first half of the circuit. In the second half, the most important section to get right is the chicane as you head downhill upon entry. Get ready for a challenge when you come here.
One-Lap Description.Apricot Hill begins with a nice high-speed romp followed by an abrupt left-hand kink. If you carry too much speed through this kink, you will have thrown off the balance of your car and completely miss your braking point for Turn 2. So slow your car down just enough to properly take on the second corner. The next set of roads are somewhat reminiscent of the Suzuka East circuit. Find a good rhythm through each of these corners until you reach a very long left-hand sweeper. This sweeper leads onto the long backstretch. After crossing the Dunlop Bridge, a very slow right-hand hairpin awaits you. Proper exit out of this section gets you up to speed quickly as a long left followed by a long right awaits. A brief straight follows and leads into a sweeping long left-hand corner. As you go through this, be ready to take on the decisive right-left chicane as you head downhill. You go back uphill to negotiate the final sweeping left that leads onto the Start/Finish straight. Good job. A lap is now complete!
Video Lap.It is now time to see this track in action. Thanks to the ones who allowed embedding of videos to be possible.
^ Apricot Hill Raceway, Gran Turismo 4
I told you this was a tough track! Agree with me now?
--- Could Apricot Hill Return? ---I really hope GT5 (or at least GT6) will feature Apricot Hill again. That's even if GT5 has it as downloadable content (DLC). Might as well offer it for free for Gran Turismo fans. At least something to tide over GT veterans and purists. Unless PD wanted to jazz up this track with some rain effects or time cycling, it's sad that a track that seemed like a mainstay for GT would be M.I.A. in GT5.
I'd sure love to see it return.
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