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3 Driving Tips to boost your GT Sport Qualifying times

22 Dec , 2017  


Written by: Jon Scarr
Gran Turismo Sport was built from the ground up to give race fans new and old a totally new and fresh experience. It moves slightly away from being a driving simulator and towards competitive racing and the esports arena. It features global online competitions that are sanctioned by the FIA (Federation International Automobile), the world’s motoring governing body. Here’s 3 Driving Tips to boost your GT Sport Qualifying times.

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In order to race against the best of the best, you’ll need to qualify for your position on the field before hand. In order to help you out, I’ve put together a list of my top three GT Sport tips that will help boost your qualifying times.

Use your first lap as a “banker” lap

I highly recommend that your first lap of qualifying is a banker lap. What’s a banker lap you ask? It’s where you use the first lap of qualify to perform a fast but safe lap. Essentially, you go as fast as you can while going slow enough so that you don’t make any mistakes.
It will almost certainly be slower than what you can potentially capable of, but it gets a time on the board straight away. Think of it as a safety net, an investment that you can keep in the bank.
So why do a banker lap? When you are pushing it 120% and nail that perfect qualify lap and grab pole, you are generally right on the limit of either your own ability, your car’s, or both. It is easy to make a mistake when you are at the limit and have a spin or run off onto the grass.

If you push on all three laps that the time limit allows, you could make a mess of every lap and not end up setting a decent time at all. Though, if you have a banker lap posted and you mess up on the next two laps, it may mean you are only half way down the field instead of at the bottom.

Practice, practice, practice

While this may sound obvious, and it probably should be, you can never get enough practice. Practicing is more critical for qualifying than it is for the race itself. In the actual race you can get away with a few mishaps here and there, all without major penalty.
Though, in qualifying its all about getting that one perfect lap in with no mistakes and being centimetre perfect! The only way this is going to happen is with plenty of practice under your belt.

Spread yourself out from the rest of the pack

Finding space on the track is vital in improving your qualifying, and I can’t emphasize this enough. There are two types of qualifying in Gran Turismo Sport. The first are the daily sports mud races where you are allowed to enter the practice sessions before the race starts and acts as qualifying. Obviously you don’t need to find space here because it is a long private session that you can turn out laps until the timer runs out.
However, the Nations Cup and Manufacturers series places you in a short qualifying session with all of your competitors before the race. This is much more like real life qualifying and more like league racing that I’ve experienced in other racing sims in the past. This is where finding space become critical.
I’ve found that about 90% of the time in every FIA race I’ve done; the vast majority of people leave the pits as soon as the race starts. The problem with this is that everyone gets bunched up together. This means that you will most likely be surrounded by other cars in at least one if not every qualifying lap you do. If you are not trying to overtake the person in front of you, that means that someone’s going to be right behind you trying to get past you on the inside.


Understanding your time limits is important, you don’t want to sit in the pits so long that you miss out on laps that your competitors get. Spending a minute in the pits waiting for space is perfectly fine. Watch the mini-map and let the bulk of the field get halfway around the track. From time to time you will find that a few other people will be waiting in the pits, but their impatience gets the better of them and they don’t wait long enough.
Remember, wait until the main pack is about halfway through the lap before you go. You want to be selfish with the track and get a little patch of it all to yourself.

About the Author: Jon Scarr

Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.

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