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New racer GT4 questions

PartyHatPete

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Austin Johnson
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Hello everyone, I'm new to iracing and I just got my Class D road license. I am looking to work my way up to doing the GT3/LMP2 races, but want to start racing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot series. What car would you guys recommend for newer racers to build a good racing foundation on?
 

Laughlin

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GT3 Sprint Series 2022/S3
Formula 3 Series 2022/S3
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Nick McLaughlin
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Personally, I think the very best car to build a racing foundation on, is the MX-5.
Between GT4 & TCR, I think I'd lean towards GT4 if GT3/LMP is your end goal. TCR is fantastic racing but the driving style is quite different.
That may be a better question for these other cats as I haven't a lot of experience myself with them.
 

arnaudgenest

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GT3 Sprint Series 2022/S3
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Arnaud Genest
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Agreed Laughlin . GT4 allows practice managing threshold breaking with the assistance of ABS on top of feathering the throttle on the corner exit.
This will help when it comes to jumping in the Gt3s..

As for cars selection, I can't comment much but I find the Caymen very well-balanced and fun.
 

Kenny Rodriguez

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GT3 Sprint Series 2022/S3
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Kenneth Rodriguez
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If you're going GT-4, the Porsche and BMW are very good cars. They each drive a little differently. The BMW is more planted and the Porsche tends to favor a loose rear end. But both will teach you a lot about trail braking and throttle modulation.
 

millenix

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Formula 3 Series 2022/S3
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JR Williams
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I said this in discord also, but Porsche is a great car to learn with. It has a very even balance and will drive more like other race cars are you progress. BMW is more planted and front heavy.
 

pnewhook

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Formula 3 Series 2022/S3
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Peter Newhook
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Toronto
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PartyHatPete welcome to iRacing and congratulations on your D license. Unless iRacing surprises us with the 2022 season 2 release, there are 3 GT4 Choices, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, BMW M4 GT4, and McLaren 570S GT4. It's largely personal preference but I think you should focus on either the McLaren or the Porsche. The BMW is not especially loved, it's doesn't want to turn and is prone to both understeering and oversteering. There are people that can drive it quickly after enough practice, but it's not a great starter. There's a BMW D series, but if you want to race in this league you're better off getting your C license to practice in the official IMSA Pilot series. Porsche is the most popular in official races, and I think it has a slight performance advantage this season. The Porsche GT4 can also be used in the Nurburgring endurance races, which is nice. But the McLaren blows fire from it's exhaust, which is awesome. Robbie_gtc also demolished us a couple seasons ago in the McLaren.

There are a few things to keep in mind with all the GT4 cars
  • GT4 tires take a fair bit of time to heat up. It'll feel like you're floating the first couple laps. Give them time then they'll grip up nicely.
  • There's enough horsepower to get you in trouble, especially on cold tires.
  • The GT3 version of each car doesn't specifically behave like the GT4 equivalent from each brand, so don't let that sway your decision.
I've been sim racing for about a year and half. I worked through the licenses pretty quickly, but the last two seasons I've had the most fun in the Advanced Mazda league. Slower cars tend to have closer racing, and it's easier to learn driving technique at lower speeds.
 

PartyHatPete

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Austin Johnson
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Wow, These responses are extremely helpful, I really appreciate everyone's input and thorough explanations for their answers. I can't wait to progress through my iracing career and better myself as a faster AND safer driver. Again thank you all for the input! 😁
 

Robbie_gtc

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GT4 Sprint Series 2022/S3
GT3 Sprint Series 2022/S3
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Robbie Campbell
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Kitchener, Ontario Canada
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Robbie_gtc pnewhook any tips!!?? Or maybe it would be a question millenix or Laughlin can answer!?
You are definitely going to want a stepping stone before hitting GT3..

The Mazda's can be good for getting used to racing with others in close quarters at slower speeds. If already comfortable with that then GT4 is probably your next step, or TCR. The new TCR's are incredibly fun to drive but do take a understanding of how to make them work compared to the rest of the cars on the service as you are braking, turning and powering the car all with the front end.

As far as a GT4 of choice, The Porsche has been the easiest to pick up and get to speed on. It is also easiest on its tires as well.

The Mclaren is mid motor, slightly larger and can be just as fast or faster. but you can use up your front tires a lot quicker if not careful.

Whichever of those 3 classes you choose you will have gobs of fun in this league.

Welcome and best of luck.
 

Robbie_gtc

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GT4 Sprint Series 2022/S3
GT3 Sprint Series 2022/S3
Name
Robbie Campbell
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Kitchener, Ontario Canada
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503616
PartyHatPete welcome to iRacing and congratulations on your D license. Unless iRacing surprises us with the 2022 season 2 release, there are 3 GT4 Choices, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, BMW M4 GT4, and McLaren 570S GT4. It's largely personal preference but I think you should focus on either the McLaren or the Porsche. The BMW is not especially loved, it's doesn't want to turn and is prone to both understeering and oversteering. There are people that can drive it quickly after enough practice, but it's not a great starter. There's a BMW D series, but if you want to race in this league you're better off getting your C license to practice in the official IMSA Pilot series. Porsche is the most popular in official races, and I think it has a slight performance advantage this season. The Porsche GT4 can also be used in the Nurburgring endurance races, which is nice. But the McLaren blows fire from it's exhaust, which is awesome. Robbie_gtc also demolished us a couple seasons ago in the McLaren.

There are a few things to keep in mind with all the GT4 cars
  • GT4 tires take a fair bit of time to heat up. It'll feel like you're floating the first couple laps. Give them time then they'll grip up nicely.
  • There's enough horsepower to get you in trouble, especially on cold tires.
  • The GT3 version of each car doesn't specifically behave like the GT4 equivalent from each brand, so don't let that sway your decision.
I've been sim racing for about a year and half. I worked through the licenses pretty quickly, but the last two seasons I've had the most fun in the Advanced Mazda league. Slower cars tend to have closer racing, and it's easier to learn driving technique at lower speeds.
Hey Peter, how are ya. Not sure I would say I demolished... ;)

Still debating what I want to enter for next season but seeing GT4 back has me interested.
 
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