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A-License Guide

GRAN TURISMO 3 A-SPEC - PlayStation2
A License Guide v1.00
by Dallas Scott (sdallas19@yahoo.com)

Last updated on July 16, 2001

This guide contains information, maps and strategies on completing all eight
A License Exams.  Once all have been completed with at least a bronze medal in
each, you'll have passed the test and receive the A License.  Enjoy the guide
and if you have any questions, comments, etc. please let me know.

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A LICENSE EXAMS


A-1 - Practical Cornering I
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Vehicle: NSX Type S Zero(J)

Gold:   0'32.900
Silver: 0'33.400
Bronze: 0'34.700

In-game text: Climb a hill with a gentle left and then negotiate a sharp right
turn.  Trying to approach the right corner from too far to the outside will
cause instability under braking, so there is no need to come from excessively
far outside.  Try to brake in a straight line, aiming for the inside curb.
Then you just need to find the point to go to full throttle.

Strategy: You'll be going uphill in the start so just put the pedal to the
metal and follow the broken blue line all the way to the top of the hill
until you come to the major turn.  Brake all the way through the red lines
(you shouldn't be going any faster than 60-65 MPH through the turn or you'll
spin off track) then accelerate out of the turn when you see the blue lines
again.  Continue straight to the finish line.

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A-2 - Practical Cornering II

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Vehicle: SKYLINE GT-R V-spec II(R34,J)

Gold:   0'26.000
Silver: 0'26.300
Bronze: 0'27.600

In-game text: The secret to a fast time is getting to the inside curb quickly
after the end of braking and using fine accelerator control to trace a long
line right next to the curb.  Once you see where to come out of the corner and
go on the throttle, try to control the trail slide (when the rear tires succumb
to too much power and slide toward the outside) while riding up just barely on
the outside curb.

Strategy: Start accelerating and following the broken blue line near the left
barrier until you reach the corner.  Brake and get your speed down to 40-45 MPH
while making the turn or else you'll spin out.  When coming out of the turn
(just past where the white lines end and the blue lines begin again) start
accelerating toward the finish line.

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A-3 - Practical Cornering III
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Vehicle: S2000

Gold:   0'29.900
Silver: 0'30.200
Bronze: 0'31.600

In-game text: Here you negotiate the fastest number one corner on the Mid-Field
Raceway.  In contrast to the corners so far that required heavy braking, try
downshifting to 3rd gear with light braking and just grazing the inside.  Stay
in 3rd and keep your speed up while aiming at the curb on the outside to draw
a large circular path with a constant radius.  There is no need to trace the
inside curb all the time.

Strategy: Accelerate in the beginning until you come to the corner then slow
it down to about 60-65 MPH while making your turn.  Once coming out of the
turn, start accelerating again until you reach the finish line up ahead.

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A-4 - Circle Track: 60R, Dry Road

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Vehicle: Mazda RX-7 Type RZ(J)

Gold:   0'43.900
Silver: 0'44.300
Bronze: 0'46.200

In-game text: Three laps around a circular track with a 60-m raidus.  Try using
fine steering and accelerator control to keep to a line right next to the
inside curb from start to finish.  Just before the finish line, gain time by
using the full width of the track so that you cross the finish line all the way
to the outside.  Watch for tail slides from hitting the gas too hard.

Strategy: You'll want to stay as close as possible to the inside (right) curb
for this one.  Keep your speed between 60-65 MPH by continually tapping the
X button, otherwise you'll end up spinning out or veering away from the inside
curb.  After three laps, you'll be finished.

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A-5 - Circle Track: 100R, Dry Road

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               S/F |                   100R ___________________|
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Vehicle: Mazda RX-7 Type RZ(J)

Gold:   0'55.800
Silver: 0'56.300
Bronze: 0'59.000

In-game text: Three laps around a circular track with a 100-m raidus.  Try
using fine steering and accelerator control to keep to a line right next to the
inside curb from start to finish.  Just before the finish line, gain time by
using the full width of the track so that you cross the finish line all the way
to the outside.  Watch for tail slides from hitting the gas too hard.

Strategy: This one will be the same as before, using the same car, only on
a larger track.  Use the same strategy as the previous exam only this time
keep your speed between 78-85 MPH (if you want to get a good time).  Any faster
and you'll end up going off the track, any slower and time will expire.
Remember to stay as close as possible to the inside (right) curb.

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A-6 - Long Corners
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Vehicle: XKR Coupe

Gold:   0'27.000
Silver: 0'27.500
Bronze: 0'29.500

In-game text: This is a left/right complex corner.  Avoid getting close to the
inside too early on the first right corner and aim for the inside curb at the
tunnel entrance.  The next corner is a left, so avoid going all the way to the
outside but rather point the car to the right side of the track and get ready
for the next left corner.  In the long left corner, avoid goosing the
accelerator and keep to the inside without haste.

Strategy: You'll start off going about 100 MPH so keep accelerating until you
reach the first corner.  Slow it down to about 65 MPH around the corner then
accelerate through the next tunnel.  The next turn doesn't require any braking,
just let up on the X button when you come to the white lines.  Once finished
with the second turn, accelerate to the finish.

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A-7 - Blind Corner

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Vehicle: Camaro Z28

Gold:   0'14.200
Silver: 0'14.700
Bronze: 0'15.400

In-game text: You must negotiate a right turn at the top of a hill in Seattle.
The corner is completely blind, so getting ready to brake in advance is
necessary.  After landing the last jump, brake immediately and turn to the
right, aiming for the inside curb.  Hit the gas once you are cleanly on the
curb and use the outside wall as far as possible.

Strategy: One of the more easier exams, you'll mainly be going uphill in the
beginning with one corner to turn.  At the start line, you'll already be going
about 70 MPH, so continue accelerating up the hill until you reach the corner.
Brake on the red lines and slow down to about 65-75 MPH while going through
the turn, then accelerate up to the finish line.

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A-8 - A License Final Exam
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Vehicle: LANCER Evolution IV GSR(J)

Gold:   0'15.530
Silver: 0'16.000
Bronze: 0'17.800

In-game text: This is the most difficult stretch of Mid-Field.  In the small
S-corner, ignore the first left and focus on the next right.  Make a deep cut
into the right curb and come out as close as possible to the next hairpin.
Brake while disturbing the car's attitude to turn toward the inside.  They key
lies in turning the car sharply in the first half of the corner so that you can
hit the gas when coming out.

Strategy: You start off going 100 MPH, just make sure you follow the blue line
in the beginning.  After going through the first left turn (which should be no
trouble at all) stay toward the right (where the broken blue lines are) for
the next right turn.  If you don't stay all the way to the right (as far as you
can go without failing) you'll end up spinning out to the left.  For the final
turn, brake and get your speed down to around 35-40 MPH then accelerate out of
the turn and up to the finish line.

Congratulations!  If you got at least a bronze medal in each exam, you'll be
rewarded with the A License.

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Vehicle names are registered trademarks.

This document is Copyright 2001 Dallas Scott and may not be reproduced in any
form without explicit permission from the author.

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