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Old 26 Feb 2002, 21:03 (Ref:223203)   #1
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Your GPL best lap times.

I just thought it would be a good idea for everyone to post there best lap times, if you want to, to see who is quickest over one lap at each of the circuits. Here are mine:

Track: Time Car
Kyalami: 1.21.03 Eagle
Monaco: 1.29.08 Cooper
Zandvoort: 1.26.60 Lotus
Spa: 3.19.90 Eagle
Rouen: 1.58.49 Brabham
Silverstone: 1.28.16 Lotus
Nurburgring: 8.39.96 Lotus
Mosport: 1.25.20 Lotus
Monza: 1.29.25 Lotus
Watkins Glen: 1.05.57 Eagle
Mexico: 1.50.73 Lotus


How do your laps compare?
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Old 27 Feb 2002, 11:41 (Ref:223533)   #2
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Re: Your GPL best lap times.

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Originally posted by Tony_Simpson


Track: Time Car
Kyalami: 1.21.03 Eagle
Monaco: 1.29.08 Cooper
Zandvoort: 1.26.60 Lotus
Spa: 3.19.90 Eagle
Rouen: 1.58.49 Brabham
Silverstone: 1.28.16 Lotus
Nurburgring: 8.39.96 Lotus
Mosport: 1.25.20 Lotus
Monza: 1.29.25 Lotus
Watkins Glen: 1.05.57 Eagle
Mexico: 1.50.73 Lotus


How do your laps compare?
Kyalami: 1.22.79
Monaco: 1.30.83
Zandvoort: 1.29.43
Spa: 3.26.53
Rouen: 2.04.74
Silverstone: 1.31.11
Nurburgring: 8.57.75
Mosport: 1.24.30
Monza: 1.29.84
Watkins Glen: 1.06.71
Mexico: 1.58.07

Looks like I`ve got a lot of practice to do

All my times are with the Lotus and fairly stock setups
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Old 27 Feb 2002, 12:37 (Ref:223580)   #3
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To get a better base for the setups have a look a www.gplea.org and download the Solitude track. This is where I start with my setups for each track (you load it in for each track and car). They are so good as the spring rates are set up right, and all you need to do is fine tune it for each track (ride height, arb, toe, etc) Also try to stay with a 85/45 diff and 6 clutches. Then it is just down to practice

Also if you have driven laps at all tracks have a look at http://gplrank.schuerkamp.de/ when it is back up working and get a ranking. Then aim to get a negative rank, and it is harder than it looks.
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Old 27 Feb 2002, 15:10 (Ref:223665)   #4
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Thanks for the setup tips Tony

I`ve got a GPLrank of about +59 I think, and was going to post the link, but couldn`t get to the site myself.
It`s going to be back soon then yeah?
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Old 4 Mar 2002, 12:45 (Ref:227700)   #5
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C`mon people, post your times up
I`m sure there must be more GPLers out there
Even if you haven`t raced on all tracks, post a couple up here

Dont be shy
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Old 4 Mar 2002, 16:23 (Ref:227838)   #6
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I'll get back to you, I have to check me times...but I think my Watkins is 1.09 in an Eagle.
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Old 5 Mar 2002, 09:09 (Ref:228336)   #7
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I finally have a computer to run GPL and a mate is giving me a copy when he visits in a couple of weeks. So after several years of waiting I will at last get a chance to see how poor I am round the Nordschliefe.

Any advice on steering wheels would be much appreciated, something that is compatible with this and future games, and not too much over £50. Does it need to be a force-feedback?

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Old 5 Mar 2002, 16:10 (Ref:228565)   #8
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Steering wheel wise I would go for the Thrustmaster ones, the ones that 'look' like a Ferrari 360 wheel. There are two, one for about £40 and one £60. They are nearly the same, except the £60 one has a gear lever, as well as paddle shifts(THe £40 only has paddle shifts). I find this more realistic, but you still have the option for a paddle shift for F1/World Sports cars games. Both come with pedals and need a USB port (maybe not for the £40 one)

You do not need Force feed back as it does not work well.

Hope that helps.
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Old 6 Mar 2002, 08:57 (Ref:229078)   #9
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Thanks for that, PC World had a big range and they all looked much of a muchness, so a recommendation really helps.

P.S. Don't expect to see a lap time out of me for a good few months!
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Old 7 Mar 2002, 21:53 (Ref:230284)   #10
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yeah i got the thrustmaster 360M £40 from Game, absolutely fantastic, brilliant peice of kit - right in the middle range. i saw the jaguar one at like £100 i was very shocked!!! i think this is the best for Value for Money.
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Old 8 Mar 2002, 00:59 (Ref:230501)   #11
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SO HAVE I!!! Waht a wonderful little steering whell it is!! Perfect in every way (well, the pedals are w@nk, BUT OTHER THAN THAT!!).

I only have a P350 with no graphics card. My FPS is atrocious on GPL (no more than 15 at ABSOLUTE best). However, considering, I think I'm pretty adept, though I have NO idea of my laptimes. However, I DO know Tony's are good.
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Old 18 Mar 2002, 09:40 (Ref:238188)   #12
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I'VE GOT IT, I'VE GOT IT!!

After waiting for however many years, I finally have GPL. With my spanking new computer the frame-rate with everything turned on is 36+ and the thrustmaster wheel(shame about the name) is superb.

I spent most of the weekend tiptoeing around in the advanced trainer. Got a reasonable rhythm around Rouen, Spa and Kyalami, laptimes too slow to mention. Struggling with the braking, a lot of understeer into (and off) corners. Manual gears seems to be the only way to go, the auto changes at the worst times.

As predicted, absolutely useless around the 'Ring, but my respect for the real drivers of the time has reached at all time high. Half a lap in the GP cars with the aids off was just silly, most of time was spent doing donuts.

Some predictable newbie questions:
1. Are the setups available online useful, and more importantly how do you put them in to the game?
2. Is it quite easy to set up racing the computer in the trainers?
3. I have seen all the tracks out there to download, but once downloaded how do you put them into the game?
4. Because it is an old copy, all I got from my mate was the CD, the manual having been lost in the mists of time. Is the original documentation online anywhere, and is it useful?

I have had a look at quite a lot of the fan sites out there, but any hints/tips from you guys would be much appreciated.
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Old 18 Mar 2002, 10:41 (Ref:238225)   #13
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First things first , GET OUT OF THE ADVANCED TRAINER, it is not worth driving that as you will only have to relearn everything later. Sorry for that rant

As you are learning try only to drive at Monza or Watkins Glen, and at this stage only drive the Cooper, Eagle or the lotus if you have too. Turn off auto brakes and auto gears.

As to your questions.

1. There are alot of setups online but must of them (98% or so) are very tricky to drive. If you have to use them (and please don't) then you have to go (file names)GPL-players-your name-setups. get the Solitude track as explained above to get a good base setup.

2. Not sure what you mean, try going through a single race screen.

3. put the downloaded tracks in to (file names) GPL-tracks- then have a read of the readme file.

4. If the manual is not at www.papy.com then I am not sure where it would be. While you are there get the 1.2 patch and the Direct3D patch.

Hope that helps.
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Old 18 Mar 2002, 14:13 (Ref:238397)   #14
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Oh yeah, how could I forget this.

I got GPL a long time ago but only recently I've got the hang of it. When this thread was started I had just switched to the lotus and started fiddling with the setup. Consequently my laptimes were dropping a bit.

I've only got decent times at Monza. I've done the other tracks, but not serious enough to get a decent time. I'm doing one track at a time

So, now I'm happy with my transmission, and almost happy with the suspension. I've got a 1.31.16 on Monza so far. I should gain a bit when I can deal with a stiffer suspension and my braking is still pretty bad. I reckon I can get a 1.30 this week. Then I'll have a party and move to Spa.
The thought of having to learn the nurnburgring gives me sleepless nights already...

Oh AllonFS, I almost forgot this. I didn't get the manual on paper with my copy of GPL. Instead I got a .pdf file containing the manual. Perhaps you can find the manual on the disc too. And if it's not there or on the papy site I could always e-mail it to you.

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Old 18 Mar 2002, 14:23 (Ref:238408)   #15
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Thanks for the advice, the Cooper/Coventry it is then.

I've already got the patches, they loaded themselves up, but thanks for the track download info. I will also avoid the setups as suggested, I am struggling as it is without making life more difficult still!

As for racing the trainers, I found information at the Eaglewomans site, (Alison Hine). She has instructions on how to change a bit of code which will enable you to compete in races for the basic and advanced trainer. Her site is below, the information is in the main faq, part 5.3

http://eaglewoman.simracing.dk/gpl/index.htm

I was just wondering if others had done this and if it was worth it?

Finally have people downloaded better car/track graphics and/or better car sounds? If so then any recommendations would be appreciated.

(I hope all this doesn't sound like nit-picking, the game itself is wonderful, I just want to make the most of it)
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