GTA Online: How to Win Races [Driving School #1]


GTA Online: How to Win Races [Driving School #1]

Welcome back from GTA Series Videos, this is your host Gary7 MT, voice of the crew. In this new short series, we are going to explore racing in GTA Online. From the different kinds of tracks, to exploring the entire fleet of vehicles in the game and their performance to most of the known tricks used in racing to beat your opponents. Before we get started with this episode, let us thank Broughy1322, Crazyman, Shaggy, the NoDo crew and the guys at the GTAForums for all the time they’ve spent testing every vehicle, collecting data and figuring out how things work. Their time and discoveries allows every gamer to spend their money wisely, while learning a thing or two about racing. So, without any further ado, let’s get down to where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, in this first episode: Tracks! Your real first enemy in every racing game. A good track is always a balance between straights and corners, but when it comes to GTA Online, tracks don’t respect this balance – most of the time. So the wise thing to do before joining or starting a race, is to look at the track in order to understand what kind of vehicle is best to use. So permit us to make a few examples: let’s start with the “Senora Freeway”. This is a point-to-point race with long straights with not too many corners. It’s all tarmac and not a single piece of off-road so, what you need here, is a vehicle with the highest top speed and a fast acceleration to reach it. The best choice is the “Benefactor Schafter V12”. While this car is surely not agile, it’s damn fast. “Vespucci Dreams” is, on the other hand, a circuit full or corners. The straights are so short no vehicle will have time to reach its top speed. On a track like this you need good brakes, but most importantly: traction and acceleration – the faster you can take corners and gain speed, the sooner you’ll reach the checkered flag. The best sport vehicle for a track of this kind is the “Annis Elegy RH8”. As you can see already, the fastest vehicle is not always the best choice. If we race these tracks with the opposite vehicles, our times will increase. We’ll talk more about the vehicles and their performance in another video. For now, let’s get back to this episode’s main topic, tracks and cars! Once you understood the performance needed from your vehicle, you need to know how to get the maximum advantage out of each car. In other words, welcome to “Racing 101”! First things first: Brakes. This is GTA Online not Fast and Furious, so keep your finger away from the handbrake. Sliding through corners may be a pleasure for the eyes, but racing wise, you’re just wasting time and speed. Braking is your friend, but like any friend, abuse them and they’ll stop helping you. Allow us now to show you the difference between abusing brakes and simply decelerating. To do so we’re going to show the use of the left and right trigger on the gamepad so you can understand exactly when and how we’re using the gas and brakes. This is a sequence of corners from the track “Thrills in the Hills”. If you push the gas to the limit before reaching the corners, you will also need to use the brakes to avoid crashing or oversteering – and spin your vehicle in the wrong direction. Racing this way may look fast, but it is not. The right way to go through these corners is by dosing the gas and tapping on the brakes only when needed. As you can see, we almost haven’t use the brakes at all. Then there are the other keystones of racing: lines. In racing momentum is fundamental, in other words, you need to try keeping your speed up as much as you can while moving along the circuit, as if mimicking a fluid flowing along the track. Probably the best way to help you understand this, is by taking a short race on the “Vinewood Race Track”. We are going to place the camera high above the circuit so you can clearly see the differences between the paths taken by the various cars. The red car keeps its speed up most of the time, using the brakes only at the end while entering inside the corner. The apex of the corner is far from the path and the car loses a lot of speed along the corner itself. The yellow car instead is trying to keep the speed inside the corner by moving up into it. The correct apex is missed again and the high speed made the car crash into the external barriers. Last is the green car that will try to follow the racing lines correctly. It stays on the outside of the track, slows down a bit before entering in the corner, hits the apex correctly and immediately pushes the gas to exit with the maximum torque the engine can muster. Now let’s see how these three cars perform a single lap on the “Vinewood Race Track” all together. So, what have we learned so far is that circuits are different and not always the fastest car is the best one. Brakes are an important part too, but overuse will only slow us down. Lastly, we have to move along a track keeping a fluid movement between straights and corners. A fluid lap around the circuit is usually faster than one full of rough stop-and-go’s. These three dogmas are just the bedrock of racing in GTA Online. We have classic tracks, stunt tracks and Special Vehicle tracks; and these three kind of races require different driving techniques. For the “classic” category we’ll include all the circuits and point-to-point races that use the normal streets of Los Santos and Blaine County – tarmac or off-road. The main characteristics of these tracks is, most of the time, the presence of objects along the road, from light posts, to trees, guardrails, etc as well as street traffic and pedestrians. With all of these, classic races become the hardest kind of racing in GTA Online. Not only do you need to apply the tips we’ve explained before, but you’ll also need to be very familiar with the map in order to know the risks you can take. Like in chess, you need to think one-step further, like using the traffic at the intersections to your advantage or slowing down and letting your opponent overtake you, only to use the slipstream off him while keeping him from doing the same to you. This is where our tips to help you win every classic race, end. There are just too many variables to cover them all in a short video. What we can say is to not give up. With the slipstream and catchup active, it’s pretty easy to get back on the podium. And even with those deactivated, it’s still possible. And above all remember, to paraphrase International Champion Valentino Rossi The Dr. says: most of the time races are won by the racer who fucks up the least, not the fastest. Avoid those racers who are clearly off their rockers. This isn’t hard to do. At the beginning of a race, when starting up front, move to the inside of the corner. If you’re in back, stay behind everyone and by the first corner, you’ll see half of the pack has been been taken out. During the race instead, keep an eye on the mini-map to understand how many opponents you have and how near they are to you. Avoid being a dick if your opponents are racing clean, but don’t let them steal your lines. But as soon as you see its a dirty race and they’re clearly trying to take you out, its your job to give them hell becoming the biggest S.O.B. on the track! These guidelines are valid for “stunt races” too. The community introduced stunt and professional racing tracks into GTA Online from the very start. From the “Jumps, Jumps, Jumps” to “Los Santos GP”, the community has always added new ways to race in the game until Rockstar Games decided to add a proper stunt racing DLC – while at the same time providing creators all the instruments needed to elevate the racing aspects of the game once and for all. The main difference between classic and stunt/professional circuits is the layout of the track and the props used. Even when using the normal roads of the game, stunt and professional circuits keeps poles, trees and such, excluded from the path the vehicle takes. Expert drivers nail these circuits, but the newbi players who are racing for the first time are also able to understand how to drive along these tracks. Every track – or at least most of them – have one or more shortcuts. iTwisterr and oleg_aka_djmeg two of the fastest and smartest racers in GTA Online, are references that you might want to add to your bookmarks. These guys are always hunting for shortcuts and tactics to gain seconds along the tracks, and most of the time they share their discoveries in their videos allowing everyone to see and use these tricks. And speaking of tricks, there are some that you can use to gain speed, like curb boosting, gliding and more. But tricks and glitches are topics for a future episode. The last kind of racing is the “Special Vehicle races”. These tracks are similar to normal stunt racetracks, but its the vehicle used that makes the difference. Locked to the “Ruiner 2000”, “Rocket Voltic” and “Blazer Aqua” these tracks hide many tricks that will make you a winner. First and most important: avoid airtime. Do not use the rocket of the Voltic on a ramp or while flying to move forward. Hit the ramp, then point the car nose to the ground then turn on the rocket. This way you’ll reach ground before your opponents, gaining control of your vehicle and speed – and you’ll recharge your boost before everyone else. You can use the parachute of the Ruiner 2000 in pretty much the same way in certain jumps. Once you’ve launched yourself over the ground, point the nose of the Ruiner down while gaining altitude, and as soon as you see the platform, open the parachute. Keep it open for a moment and then close it and point the car nose to the ground again. If you nail the sequence correctly, you’ll see that the parachute will give you a boost instead or slowing you down. For the long jumps instead, try to understand whether you need the parachute or not and if you feel confident in reaching the platform without using it, go for it because that will give you a good advantage over your opponents. The last special vehicle is the “Blazer Aqua”. The Blazer Aqua responds to the same tricks as motorbikes, so its different from the previous vehicles. Use airtime to your advantage and glide over long jumps to reach the next checkpoint faster. The race “Surf and Turf” is a perfect example of how gliding can give you a big advantage. Don’t overuse this trick however, because not every jump will pay off with a glide. In the water instead, try to keep your vehicle in the air for as little time as possible. Avoid waves and if there is no other way to do it, lean forward in order to push the Blazer back into the sea. And that’s all for now about racing and vehicles in GTA Online. In the next episode we’ll go through the entire fleet of vehicles in GTA Online to try to find the fastest, most agile, the beasts, the beauties and more, from performance upgrades, to tricks that will make your car go as fast as possible! Don’t miss it! With that said, keep following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If you wanna chat with us, other players and fans, join us on our Official Discord Server. And that’s all for now racers, from GTA Series Videos. As always this was Gary7 MT, out!

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100 thoughts on “GTA Online: How to Win Races [Driving School #1]”

  1. Scouting Girls says:

    I hate a fucking Jackass that pit

  2. doce9900 says:

    What car is that at :46

  3. Phreetrix says:

    I subbed to this channel cause it helps me a lot 🙂

  4. Lenny Barre says:

    Too bad the game's dead, even with the new updates. But at least we finally have good videos about racing (Broughy is good but too data-heavy for noobs)

  5. A Metal Gear Solid Fan says:

    pay money,there…

  6. Jairo Martinez says:

    How to be better at racing!
    2.Follows all steps
    3.Gets spun out 100x
    4.Screw racing

  7. Aditya Raj says:

    loved your videos Keep it up

  8. netwrecks says:

    The Benefactor Schaifer? Schafter! 😛 But good video, good job 🙂

  9. C. A. says:

    great video

  10. Janko Zorbas says:

    what is that car at 8:16 pls someone

  11. victorhappy02 says:

    spanish subtittles please

  12. Marty- Mcfly_-1 says:

    you sound a bit like snoop dog

  13. DeadEyeGulch says:

    but which car mode or prespective shall we be in closest view to the car meduim view to the car ot furthest view to the car?

  14. Willhelm Kackebart says:

    Premium quality video! Just amazing! Keep things up!

  15. ItsMardy says:

    How do i make my itali gtb custom faster

  16. Darren McCulloch says:

    Love the series keep this up it's very helpful and easily explained nice and clear

  17. Leo J says:

    Love this Channel.

    Very informative 😀

  18. Im Star says:

    I thought this was Snoop Doggy Dogg talking

  19. Tucker B says:

    I thank you.

  20. KingKon says:

    yo can y'all do a shooting school series

  21. it’s And1 says:

    I'm really looking forward to the tips and tricks to winning races. Although I'm already good at races by fucking up the least but I wanna be flawless

  22. ShrekInDaClub OGSF says:

    thank you so much this was useful i hope i become a better racer

  23. Senne C. says:

    why am i watching this… i dont need this😅

  24. KUTE says:

    Verry good 😊

  25. Misuq Production - Future, House and many more says:

    Nice video 😉

  26. Douglas Do Nascimento Gomes says:

    thanks 4 the português support language

  27. Douglas Do Nascimento Gomes says:

    Now that is the better channel of gta in the youtube in my opinion

  28. Loki says:

    Im happy that i found you man you will always be my favorite youtuber
    i was subcribed when you had like over 700k subscribers

    keep it up.

  29. C4Battle 118 says:

    when is driving school 2 coming out

  30. Aneizi says:

    who the hell is broughy?

  31. Cade says:

    It's a Schafter, SHAFT-URR.
    It's crazy how many people mispronounce all the cars in this game, even the easy ones.

    But this is an excellent video with great commentary. Good job

  32. KoolGuardrailBoy says:

    i think there should be Drag races in GTA online as official races

  33. DarkSky Geek says:

    Respect for giving props to the testing YouTubers, like Broughy1322. Nice job.

  34. DarkSky Geek says:

    I never did much racing, and I've been playing for 3 years. Recently though, a friend who is damn fast, challenged me to try and match or beat his time on a chosen track. I copied his car stats, and went for it. It helped a hell of a lot and has actually made me faster, by thinking of lines, speed into and out of corners. I ended up beating his time (then he went and beat it again, the git). Now I'm winning more races or at least getting in the top 4. I just need more practice on a larger variety of tracks.

    Anyway, this is actually one of the best videos explaining these tips. Liked!

  35. KissEmTrill says:

    It's Pronounced "bruh-fy"

  36. Ghoffman91 says:

    A special trick many don't know about is being able to change the direction your car is facing mid-jump. While in the air if you hold down the emergency break it enables you to actually control the direction the car is facing. This trick is extremely useful when your car gets thrown off course and not facing the direction needed for a smooth landing at the end of a jump.

    Normally when you attempt to alter your car's direction in mid-air without holding down the emergency break it just starts doing barrel rolls and makes the problem worse but with this trick you can always make your car keep facing forward for a clean landing after a big jump.

    This trick is especially useful in stunt races with all the huge jumps you do. Just be sure to not be holding the emergency break when you land, you can imagine what would happen if you do.

  37. Deejnisch GTA says:

    The best 2 racers are Merphos and Neo-Dark-Shadow

  38. no subscribe says:

    drive car

  39. Charley Tank says:

    now I know where Nutrilicious learned to drive I may just beat her in a race, an Awesome video you got my like.

  40. andre ads says:

    i need more tips! im the worse lol

  41. Bert T says:

    Really well done video. Would expect nothing less from you guys.

  42. HydraVibes says:

    53k views, that better be 53 kids who won't race like douchebags anymore

  43. MH Lee says:

    thanks for the tip! 🙂

  44. Eric Banther says:

    Is this video for real??? Every race done in this video is with slipstream and catch up turned on. That's not real racing on gta. Thumbs up for mentioning the real go to guys for racing but jesus man you can't pronounce broughys name right? lol

  45. David Fuentes says:

    PART 2!!!

  46. Kiriya Imatsu says:

    I have a question here: which Sports class car is better? The Carbonizzare or the Elegy RH8? I was thinking about selling my Carbonizzare and getting the Elegy instead for racing, but I don't know if it's a good move. Can anyone tell me which is better?

  47. Roni Choupique says:

    Gary's voice & speech are so clear and well punctuated, that's it's hard to not understand anything he is saying.

  48. MystiicMadness says:


  49. Dragge says:

    What I hate is when someone smashes the side of your car spoiling you racr

  50. Zorrolord says:

    wheres part 2? 🙁

  51. Blade of Nexus says:

    When is the next video out? I need to watch this series so much!!!!

  52. Ryan says:

    Videos like these are why I'm subscribed to this channel. You guys don't give stupid rants about other players crashing ramming into you all the time. You give detailed explanations about the cars and the tracks and provide tips for those who are annoyed about losing because of annoying 9 year old little apolitical brats. Keep doing what you're doing guys!

  53. yeah lmao says:

    I usually do this trick when starting the race. I let the car go to second gear and once the second gear is at its highest, i let go of the gas quickly tap the handbrake and floor the gas pedal.

  54. MrEvilJester says:

    When will you release part 2?

  55. Mehan The Memeboi says:

    It's been 4 months and still there's no second part to this series.Come on man where's my driving school part 2 video at?

  56. francisray 0826 says:

    How about turbo starts

  57. David McCoy II says:

    Best video to date

  58. Postal Dude says:

    Is part II ever going to happen?

  59. Kaan Demircan says:

    Wheres part 2? Is this series that short?

  60. Noctowl says:

    Brougy helped me alot with the best vehicles performance ✌️

  61. Kactus-Frank_35 says:

    Well Valentino is right.
    In a race his rival Marquez forced him to slow down in a corner (the last curve before the racing line) and countered that dick move cutting the chicane AND the curve at the same time.

    Eye for eye, teeth for teeth.

  62. V K says:

    Classic races doesn’t exist anymore….even if there is a race somewhere then people just turn traffic off. I just don’t understand why would someone turn traffic off? Because they suck with it ON?

  63. Kirc Cohen says:

    Actually I m just worried about the other racers in the race lol

  64. JUAN17024 says:

    Man, I hope you make a second part!! 😀

  65. Weird kid in school says:

    I used to make a playlist of those custom stunt races befor Cunning Stunts came out. You know the ones that consisted of container wallrides and ramps.
    Since most players who joined my playlist didn't know what to expect I was able to win 90% of the time. My ratio is roughly 375W to 250L as of today. Also during that time in a special event you were able to get double rp and money for races so I made 40-60k each time.

  66. The_bully_hunter 77 says:

    not when peope keep kitting you so you spin out and come last

  67. Rando says:

    I feel the very last tip isn't excactly right, The rotorblades that make the Blazer Aqua move trough the water is at the back. And as far as I know it's quicker to lean *backwards*. But when there are big waves, to be the quickest you must perform a couple of fast movements (Switching from leaning forwards and backwards). Don't quote me on this, from multiple occasions when I leaned backwards I breezed past my opponents. But it could have been other things that made that happen. Anyway, great video, useful and also enjoyable.

    -Rando 😀

  68. L00R3R says:

    Where is da part 2

  69. Alex Lancer says:

    But where´s part two? :c

  70. Builder Ivo says:

    Anybody else still waiting for the next episode of Racing 101?

  71. Farzam Saleh says:

    pls make other videos just like this one

  72. Emmanuel Massey says:

    This is the best channel

  73. Mushfique Hasan says:

    Where is the follow up video

  74. stupid american says:

    Where’s the second part??

  75. iNFaunTae says:


  76. chris chandler says:

    The only people i respect with gta

  77. Buttered_Biscuit says:

    Don’t hit people karma will happen

  78. KGLA 021 says:

    When is Part 2? Been waiting for a while.

  79. Szabolcs Eleki says:

    Where is that episode 2?

  80. camilowidehead says:

    How to win any gta race sports class

    Get the pariah

  81. C4Battle 118 says:

    I wish gta racing was like fast and furious racing we don't want this cunning stunt crap

  82. Shapeshifting Phoenix Force says:

    Actually the Akuma motorcycle has the fast acceleration!

  83. RenellVidz says:

    New people will never win 😢 everyone has broken cars ;( they fully reset my ps3 account to lvl 1 on Ps4

  84. ghost boy coltman9 says:

    Can i be you crew on Xbox one please

  85. Oscar Lee Øberg says:

    Wheres part 2??

  86. Roagintosh says:

    If anyone wants to boost races (taking turns at winning) to unlock car parts on PS4 add me my PSN is Roagintosh

  87. Ben Yob says:

    This was a year ago where’s the rest of the series

  88. Vexiuz XD says:

    Science in GTA5

  89. mizikei says:

    Ur trash at driving

  90. Travis Yelland says:

    What ever happend too a part 2 of this video???😡😡😡😡😠😠😠😠😠😠

  91. guilherme Fernandes says:

    that video show, put up subtitles, even being without playing I learned a lot of things

  92. David TheBoss2018 says:

    i am pro in pc races always win always use osiris

  93. Ajan Profesyonel says:

    Gta sa

  94. Fai says:

    What an absolutely awesome video! Dude… you sound like you are doing a GTA version of "How it works" or "How it's made." Very cery veeeerrryyyyyy professional!

  95. Robbie Dixon says:

    Is this driving school like a mission in GTA online

  96. R0BUST3R says:

    where is part 2

  97. ThatGuyNorin says:

    2 years after release of this video I noticed I’m in in for about 10 sec 🙂

  98. Infinity Blade play’s says:

    Broky1322 0:28

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