Written by: Jon Scarr
In order to dominate your opponents and win races in GT Sport, you are going to have to be at the top of your game. With the main focus of GT Sport shifting to the world of online competition, winning is harder than ever.
I’ve put together six tips to destroy your opponents on the track and win more races in GT Sport. So without further ado, let’s take a look!
If you want to win more races in GT Sport, then you are going to have to know what you will be going up against. After all, if you do not have an idea of what you are going up against, it will be next to impossible to know what your best approach to each race will be.
Take a moment to check out the qualifying times of your opponents. Look for which cars other drivers are using and use the most popular car that has some of the best lap times. By racing with these cars you will be able to discover what their strengths and weakness are. Are you facing opponents whose car prioritizes speed over cornering? By learning these strengths and weaknesses, it will help you tremendously improve your racing skills.
Using assists make your car much slower than than using no assists. I recommend turning off all the assists, and though you might be slower as you are learning to play with no assists; in the long run you’ll end up with faster lap times. Guidelines for brake markers are ok to use, as they place no restrictions on your driving.
A decent driver using no assists will always be faster than a decent driver using assists, as it restricts your potential to drive faster. Using automatic gears and traction control will restrict your potential. It will not down shift or up shit to the optimal gear going through most corners. Additionally, it won’t allow you to short shift to find extra traction or save fuel.
You don’t want to be wasting time battling someone when the people behind you are going to catch up to you. Unless you are in first place and are trying to defend your position from second place and it’s the last lap, you don’t want to be in that fight. This way the cars behind you don’t catch up to you as fast as if you try and battle them and hold them up.
You can then watch to see what is making your opponent faster than you and mimic what they do. If you can put enough pressure on your opponent, they will probably make a mistake. This will give you the opportunity to try and catch them towards the end of the race.
GT Sport gives you many options to fine tune your car to your liking. One of the most effective adjustments you can make is your downforce. An increase in downforce allows your car’s tires to stick to the track more readily and thus theoretically allowing for your car to take corners better.
One thing that you must be weary of when adjusting your car’s downforce is applying too much. If you have too much downforce you wont be able to achieve your car’s top speed and the added road friction can cause issues between the engine and the wheels. You’ll have to experiment by running several tests laps with varying settings to find the correct setting that matches your race style, track, and car.
Everyone wants to avoid penalties but there are some incidents that you can not avoid and you’ll get slapped with a penalty. The best way to deal with a penalty is to ease off as you come into a breaking zone and then break a little bit later.
This will allow you to take time off your penalty while still being able to keep a decent speed. You will loose time no matter what. Though, it matters as to how much time you do loose. Don’t, and I repeat don’t, ease off on a straight. That is when you are meant to be on maximum power and should not be used as a place to get rid of the penalty.
This tip seems like common sense but not many people practice this while racing. Simply put, keep your tires straight as much as possible. If you don’t keep your tries straight, the more they will have to work and slide against the road. You can tell when your tires are working overtime by the squealing noise they make.
Going around corners, I suggest taking a wide entry before hitting the apex. This will allow you to keep your tries straighter, rather than hugging the inside for the entire duration of the corner. Additionally, this will also give you a better exit speed and a better straight-line speed on the straight.
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.