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    V-RALLY 3: STAGE OVERVIEWS GUIDE
    
    by
    Jamie Stafford/Wolf Feather
    FEATHER7@IX.NETCOM.COM
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Initial Version Completed: February 14, 2003
    FINAL VERSION Completed:   February 21, 2003
    
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    CONTENTS
    Spacing and Length
    Permissions
    Introduction
    Stage Overviews
    Contact Information
    
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    SPACING AND LENGTH
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    INTRODUCTION
    V-Rally 3 is the first appearance of the V-Rally series on
    PlayStation2.  Not surprisingly, its graphics are excellent,
    the cars have many more tuning options, the sounds are better
    and more convincing, and the fun factor has been raised :-)
    
    This guide is designed to present an overview of each stage
    in the game, sector by sector.  Granted, this runs counter to
    one of the main concepts or tenants of rally racing - that
    the driver/navigator have extremely little familiarity (if
    any) with each stage of a rally - but some advance knowledge
    about each stage can provide a 'security blanket' for some
    players, especially those new to rally-based racing games.
    However, this guide does not cover weather conditions, which
    are selected at random for many stages and which can
    obviously make a given stage 'harder' or 'more difficult.'
    
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    STAGE OVERVIEWS
    The stage overviews are presented in the order presented in
    Time Attack Mode.  For each country (remember that this game
    treats all of Africa as a single 'country'), only the four
    forward-configuration stages are listed in this section; the
    player can sort things out for the reverse configuration of
    each stage :-)
    
    Note that driving instructions are not included in these
    stage overviews; that would most definitely defeat the
    purpose of even playing a rally-based racing game, which
    relies HEAVILY upon the navigator's instructions.  Also, all
    pre-contract team vehicle tests in V-Rally Mode (the game's
    career mode) and all challenges in Challenge Mode use only
    the first four sectors of a given stage, not the full six
    stages.
    
    Finland
       Stage 1
          Sector 1
             This opening sector primarily runs through a wooded
             area; the muddy roadway is nice and wide, allowing
             for a good amount of recovery room should a driver
             overcommit to a corner.  A small farmlike area and a
             group of excited fans are on the left of the roadway
             just before the beginning of Sector 2.
          Sector 2
             Shortly beyond the farmlike area, the left side of
             the roadway 'opens' as the roadway passes alongside
             a beautiful, serene lake.  After a right-hand
             corner, a second body of water appears on the right
             side of the roadway briefly before the stage runs
             through an area of small mounds.
          Sector 3
             Beginning where the mounds end, the first part of
             the third sector sees a return of the wooded area on
             the right side of the roadway while a vast rolling
             grassy area appears on the left.  About halfway
             through the stage, a lake appears on the right side
             of the roadway, and the various signs of logging
             appear alongside the roadway - providing extra
             obstacles.
          Sector 4
             There is an abrupt transition here from mud to
             gravel.  The roadway narrows a bit and an uphill run
             begins with the hairpin corner.  Drivers must take
             care here, as a cliff face runs up against the
             roadway on the right, and there is a nice vehicle-
             damaging drop on the right-side looking out briefly
             over a beautiful, serene lake.  The roadway quickly
             re-enters the woods, and throngs of fans on either
             side of the roadway signal the end of Sector 4
             ahead.
          Sector 5
             For this entire sector, there are woods on the left
             and a wide rolling grassy area on the right.  Just
             at the end of the sector, spectators once again line
             the roadway.
          Sector 6
             For this entire sector, there are woods on the left
             and a wide rolling grassy area on the right.  Just
             at the end of the stage, spectators once again line
             the roadway.
       Stage 2
          Sector 1
             The gravel roadway is nicely wide, much like the
             opening sectors of Stage 1.  Similar to the
             beginning of Stage 1, the roadway runs through a
             wooded area, although seemingly a bit more dense in
             Stage 2 than in Stage 1.
          Sector 2
             Shortly after the beginning of Sector 2, the roadway
             transitions to soft gravel, which is a darker,
             grayish color.  The woods go away, but there are
             still plenty of trees and spectators and other
             obstacles to damage wayward vehicles.
          Sector 3
             Sector 3 transitions back to gravel.  For the first
             half of the sector, the woods are thick on the left
             side of the roadway while the right side is a bit
             more open; the second half has the roadway flanked
             by the thick woods on both sides.
          Sector 4
             With a transition back to soft gravel, the woods end
             and the roadway passes through a small semi-rural
             town filled with eager spectators.
          Sector 5
             Still on the soft gravel, the town gives way and it
             is somewhat open on both sides of the roadway, but
             the fans on the left side are held back by fencing.
             Eventually, the roadway re-enters the wooded area,
             makes a sharp turn, and crosses a wooden bridge over
             a small river, remaining in the woods on the other
             side of the river.
          Sector 6
             The woods suddenly give way and the final sector
             runs past several barns.  There are a number of
             eager spectators on both sides of the roadway.
       Stage 3
          Sector 1
             This all-gravel stage begins with a thick wooded
             area to the left of the roadway and a short grassy
             area leading toward a large lake to the right.
             About two-thirds of the way through the stage, the
             signs of logging are visible, providing a few
             extra obstacles for wayward vehicles.
          Sector 2
             The wooded area to the left side of the roadway
             gives way to a more open area.  Shortly into this
             second sector, there is a long fence on the left
             side of the roadway, followed by cheering fans kept
             back behind barriers.  Just before the end of the
             sector, the roadway passes between some tall dunes.
          Sector 3
             Passing through more dunes, the roadway soon runs
             along the shore of a lake (to the left side of the
             roadway); there is also a short bridge, so drivers
             must take care to not hit its edges.
          Sector 4
             Sector 4 begins shortly beyond the bridge and
             features the lake on the left and the thick wooded
             area on the right of the roadway.  A barn signals
             the end of the sector.
          Sector 5
             Beginning parallel with the red barn on the right
             side of the roadway, the first half of Sector 5 is
             located within the thick wooded area.  The remainder
             of the sector returns to the shore of the lake.
          Sector 6
             The final sector begins by running alongside the
             lake (with some signs of logging), then turns away
             from the lake and heads into the wooded area, with
             the trees becoming thicker and thicker.
       Stage 4
          Sector 1
             The entire opening sector takes place in a wooded
             area.  The roadway is fairly wide, so drivers should
             not have too much trouble recovering from any
             mistakes.
          Sector 2
             The first part of this second sector has a sheer
             cliff face directly against the roadway on the left,
             and a significant drop on the right side; the
             roadway will quickly come down to the bottom of this
             drop.  Shortly afterward, the roadway is flanked on
             the left side by thick woods, whereas the right side
             is a bit more open and offers glimpses of yet
             another lake.
          Sector 3
             Shortly into Sector 3, the woods appear on the right
             side of the roadway with the left side being a bit
             more open.  This sector is greatly littered with
             evidence of logging, which can cause problems in
             several corners.
          Sector 4
             The woods return again on the left side of the
             roadway while the lake makes another appearance on
             the right side.  The last half of the sector takes
             place entirely in the woods.
          Sector 5
             The first half of this penultimate sector runs
             through the woods.  The final half opens up a bit,
             then passes between some dunes.
          Sector 6
             This final sector is shorter than the others.  The
             sector opens with the roadway running through a
             small rural community, then finishes in the woods.
    France
       Stage 1
          Sector 1
             Stage 1 begins high up on a mountain, so this
             opening sector is largely a downhill run.  The
             roadway has essentially been chiseled out of the
             mountain stone, so there are often tall rock faces
             flush against the roadway - however, there are brief
             moments when one or both sides of the roadway will
             open up a bit with a small grassy area.  There is
             also a rock tunnel near the end of this opening
             sector.
          Sector 2
             Continuing the long downhill trajectory of the
             stage, large rock formations flank the
             roadway in the initial portion of this sector.
             The roadway then passes through a small town,
             where an ascent begins.
          Sector 3
             Beginning just after leaving a French village,
             this sector begins with an uphill slope which runs
             through an even smaller village.  About halfway
             through the stage, a descent begins anew, with the
             roadway flanked by tall rock formations.
          Sector 4
             This sector runs around two bays while maintaining
             a downhill trajectory.  To some extent, it is
             possible to see where the roadway is far ahead on
             the other side of the bay.  Tall rock formations
             flank the roadway on the left; to the right is the
             water (the bays), and there is not usually a
             guardrail to keep vehicles from flying off the
             mountain and into the water below.
          Sector 5
             A slow, long ascent begins with Sector 5.  Much of
             this sector is more open, with grass on either side
             of the roadway.  However, the sector eventually
             runs through yet another French town.  Here, it is
             important to keep off the sidewalks, as there is no
             gentle slope or lip to them as there are with the
             rumble strips at actual race circuits (such as
             Circuit Dijon-Prenois); therefore, hitting a
             sidewalk at high speed (especially with a hard
             suspension setting, which is generally recommended
             for asphalt surfaces) will quite likely result in
             the vehicle bouncing into the air, meaning a loss
             of control and significantly increasing the chances
             of an accident.
          Sector 6
             This sector begins in the sidewalked village, but
             quickly leaves the village for a downhill run
             flanked closely by rock formations on both sides
             of the roadway.
       Stage 2
          Sector 1
             The all-asphalt roadway is wide enough for two-way
             traffic under normal circumstances, but high-speed
             cornering could be a problem for those drivers
             unable to keep a tight racing line.  The right side
             of the roadway is lined with rock formations.  The
             left side is mostly open, but there are a number of
             rock formations, trees, and other obstacles -
             usually in key areas - to provide problems for
             'wandering' vehicles.
          Sector 2
             This sector features a roadway closely bounded on
             both sides, either by rock outcroppings or by
             steep embankments.  The very end of the sector
             hosts 'The Castle,' which features several SHARP
             corners and a very narrow passageway/tunnel right
             where Sector 2 meets Sector 3.
          Sector 3
             There are a few more SHARP corners, then the roadway
             heads back into the mountains.  The roadway is again
             closely bounded on both sides, so precision
             cornering is key to success here.
          Sector 4
             Again, the roadway is closely bounded on both sides
             for much of the sector.  However, on the right side
             just before Sector 5, there is a gap in the fence
             which holds back the spectators; this gap is just
             large enough for a vehicle to slip through if the
             preceding corner is taken too wide and too quickly.
          Sector 5
             While there is plenty to wreck a wayward vehicle on
             either side of the roadway, the right side does open
             up a bit to provide some nice scenic views... but
             admiring the scenery will result in the near-total
             destruction of the vehicle :-(   The right side is
             often - but not always - blocked by some sort of
             guardrail.
          Sector 6
             This extremely-short sector is essentially just like
             Sector 5.
       Stage 3
          Sector 1
             Starting high up on a mountainside, Sector 1 begins
             by running through a small French village.  The
             second half of this opening sector features a
             guardrail on the right side of the roadway and large
             mountain cliffs on the left side.
          Sector 2
             This is identical to the second half of Sector 1,
             but with more sharp corners.
          Sector 3
             This is much like Sector 2, but with even MORE sharp
             corners and a tiny village near the end of the
             sector.  The descent also seems a little steeper
             overall in this sector.
          Sector 4
             This is one long, steep descent with mostly-gentle
             corners, so those using a high gear ratio can make
             use of its higher top-end speed here - so long as
             all cornering is EXTREMELY precise.
          Sector 5
             The sector begins with a bridge over a stream, then
             the roadway begins a long uphill run among twisty
             corners.  There is NO room for error in this sector.
          Sector 6
             This continues the pattern begun in Sector 5.  The
             stage comes to an end about 300 meters beyond the
             second tunnel.
       Stage 4
          Sector 1
             This stage begins in a mountain village; drivers
             must try to keep off the sidewalks, as hitting them
             at high speeds is quite likely to send the vehicle
             airborne, meaning a loss of control and a greater
             possibility of an accident.  Once out of the small
             village, there is even less room for error with
             cliffs and trees and other obstacles flanking the
             roadway.  Only precision driving will provide
             success here!!!
          Sector 2
             Continuing down the mountainside, there is not much
             room for error at all, much like the end of the
             opening sector.  After the second hairpin corner,
             the right side is guarded only by a guardrail, but
             even then it is still possible to miss the beginning
             of the guardrail and plunge toward the bay far
             below.
          Sector 3
             With the bay to the right and rock walls to the
             left, the descent continues for just a moment before
             the elevation essentially levels.  There are a few
             rock tunnels in this sector.  The view out across
             the water is definitely beautiful, but any attempts
             to enjoy the scenery will result in the destruction
             of the vehicle!!!
          Sector 4
             The first half of the stage is fairly level, then
             the overall elevation begins to drop again.  The
             roadway leaves the first bay and then runs along a
             second bay, much like Stage 1.
          Sector 5
             Transitioning to poor asphalt, the second bay is
             quickly left behind as the roadway runs along the
             mountainside.  Trees, rock formations, and other
             obstacles await wayward vehicles.  The corners here
             are generally not very tight, so good speeds can be
             attained here.
          Sector 6
             Once past the waterfall, the roadway ascends slowly.
             There is still no room for error.  The stage ends as
             the second bay far below again comes into view.
    England
       Stage 1
          Sector 1
             This all-mud stage can be tricky due to the lack of
             traction, especially when attempting strong
             acceleration out of tight corners or at the start
             of the stage.  This opening sector runs through the
             woods.  At the end of the sector, a building in a
             clearing can be seen just ahead.
          Sector 2
             Sector 2 begins in a clearing, passing by a building
             on the left.  This area is used for logging; as
             such, there are plenty of logs, trucks, and other
             obstacles scattered about.  The roadway will curve
             around all this, then return to the woods
             momentarily to emerge with a farm on the left
             (protected by a long fence) and eventually passing
             through a small village.
          Sector 3
             Once past the few buildings of the village, the
             roadway returns to the woods.  The sector ends at
             the next clearing.
          Sector 4
             The fourth sector is somewhat open, although tall
             embankments and trees generally line the roadway.
             There are many fans perched along the roadway in
             this sector.
          Sector 5
             The first part of this sector runs through the
             woods, with a building and a group of spectators
             on the right side of the roadway early in the
             sector.  Once across the wooden bridge, the right
             side of the roadway is flanked by a long semi-steep
             grassy embankment.
          Sector 6
             The final sector is quite open on both sides, but
             with numerous tight corners, some of which have
             obstacles at the apex to thwart any attempts at
             shortcutting.  There are numerous spectators along
             this last sector, all protected by fencing or
             other barriers.
       Stage 2
          Sector 1
             This opening sector runs through the woods.  The
             roadway is fairly wide, providing plenty of room for
             recovery in case of a minor mistake.  The entire
             sector runs slowly downhill, but there are too many
             corners to allow for much high-speed driving.
          Sector 2
             The long downhill run continues, with even tighter
             corners (in general) than in the opening sector.
             The end of the sector is another logging area, so
             any off-course excursions could result in vehicle
             damage.
          Sector 3
             Still in a semi-wooded area, there are a number of
             spectators along much of this sector.  Drivers must
             beware the barriers on the stone bridge at the end
             of this sector.
          Sector 4
             This semi-wooded area is also characterized by
             tight corners.  Fencing in the last two-thirds of
             the sector protects many spectators and also
             prevents any shortcutting possibilities.
          Sector 5
             The roadway continues winding through the semi-
             wooded area.  The main 'obstacle' here is a river
             crossing; those using lower-than-default Ride Height
             settings will definitely need to slow for the river
             crossing, or else the vehicle will bottom out and
             potentially create a loss of control.
          Sector 6
             The woods thicken as the final sector runs uphill.
             The right side of the roadway is initially protected
             by a long guardrail.  Near the end of the stage is
             another building (on the left) surrounded by signs
             of logging, and a nice throng of spectators await
             the drivers at the end of the stage.
       Stage 3
          Special Weather Note
             At least in Time Attack Mode, this stage is run in
             foggy conditions, which makes clear visibility
             almost impossible.  This can make it quite difficult
             to correctly judge distances between a navigator's
             call and the associated corner or obstacle.
             Therefore, special caution must be made here;
             however, this is one of the best stages in the game
             to truly attack and gain a major lead over the
             competition in V-Rally Mode.
          Sector 1
             Stage 3 opens in the woods, although the roadway is
             fairly wide at most points.  Near the end of this
             initial sector is a river crossing; it is best to
             slow for the river crossing to avoid a loss of
             vehicle control.
          Sector 2
             Heading uphill, the roadway gains more tight twists
             and turns.
          Sector 3
             This third sector is more open on either side of the
             roadway, but there are still plenty of trees and
             rocks (as well as some fans) to provide incentive to
             remain firmly ON the roadway.
          Sector 4
             This sector transitions from woods to clearing and
             back to woods, with a bridge thrown in.  About
             halfway through the sector is a think-log fence on
             the right side; this fence is breakable, and it is
             thus possible to have a collision with something
             normally protected by the fence.
          Sector 5
             The first half of this sector has the woods on the
             right side of the roadway, with an open area on the
             left side; the left side also sports a few buildings
             and several groups of spectators.  The second half
             of the sector is run fully in the woods.
          Sector 6
             This final sector emerges from the woods into a
             logging area, with several groups of stacked logs
             near the roadway.  The roadway then re-enters the
             woods for the final run to the end of the stage.
       Stage 4
          Sector 1
             This opening sector is wide open on both sides of
             the roadway, but there are still a number of trees
             and rocks near the roadway on either side.  The
             sector ends near the top of a crest.
          Sector 2
             This second sector slowly climbs the mountainside.
             There are several tall rock embankments and stone
             guardrails in this sector.  However, the main
             danger is the steep ditch on the left side of the
             roadway at one point; slipping into this ditch will
             DEFINITELY create vehicle damage.
          Sector 3
             Running through the woods, there is a small logging
             area early in the sector, and many lengthy
             guardrails throughout the sector.  Near the end of
             this third sector, the woods on the right side of
             the roadway give way to a view of the countryside.
          Sector 4
             The first half of the sector returns to the woods,
             then the second half of the sector opens to grassy
             plains to the right side of the roadway.  This is a
             relatively-short sector overall.
          Sector 5
             The first half of this penultimate sector runs
             through the woods, emerging to the woods on the left
             side of the roadway and a logging operation on the
             right side.
          Sector 6
             This final sector runs slowly uphill and is fairly
             open on both sides of the roadway.  The stage comes
             to an end just beyond the wooden bridge.
    Sweden
       Special Border Note
          Virtually every millimeter of roadway in the Sweden
          stages is bounded on both sides by a bank of snow from
          where the snowplows have 'cleared' the roadway.  In
          some sectors, these snow banks are taller than in other
          sectors.  Thus, for the most part, it is virtually
          impossible to leave the roadway, as these snow banks
          will almost always force the vehicle to bounce back
          across the roadway toward the other snow bank.
       Stage 1
          Sector 1
             This opening sector is mostly wide open on both
             sides of the roadway, with plenty of spectators in
             the first half of the stage.
          Sector 2
             This second sector runs entirely through a lightly-
             wooded area.
          Sector 3
             The trees thin somewhat in this sector, which
             features some tight corners to slow the vehicle's
             average speed.
          Sector 4
             The roadway passes alongside a farming area in this
             sector.
          Sector 5
             The area slowly opens on either side of the
             roadway to provide a nice panoramic view of the
             surroundings.
          Sector 6
             While the sector begins in the vast clear panoramic
             area, the roadway quickly returns to the woods,
             where the corners become tighter and tighter.
       Stage 2
          Sector 1
             There are A LOT of spectators at the start of this
             very short sector.  The area is mostly clear and
             open, providing a nice distant view to either side
             of the roadway.
          Sector 2
             The first two-thirds of this second sector is nice
             and open, with a significant throng of spectators
             about one-third of the way through this sector.
             The roadway then re-enters the woods.
          Sector 3
             The first half of this sector runs through the
             woods, with A LOT of spectators lining the left
             side of the roadway.  The final segment of the
             sector opens up on either side of the roadway.
          Sector 4
             The first half of the fourth sector is in a wide
             open area, with the second half taking place back
             in the wooded area.
          Sector 5
             This somewhat-short penultimate sector runs entirely
             through the woods.
          Sector 6
             This final sector runs entirely through the woods
             and features some tricky corner combinations.
       Stage 3
          Sector 1
             The opening sector of Stage 3 is rather lengthy, and
             the snow banks on either side of the roadway are
             rather high.  Trees line the roadway throughout much
             of the sector, but there is a brief moment of
             openness to either side of the roadway about
             halfway through the sector.
          Sector 2
             For much of the second sector, the left side of the
             roadway is immediately bounded by rock embankments.
             A pair of 'jumps' ends the sector, with Sector 3
             beginning at the crest of the second 'jump.'
          Sector 3
             This is a rather easy, high-speed sector, with
             plenty of trees and spectators along the roadway.
             One section has the roadway bounded by more rocks.
          Sector 4
             Sector 4 is mostly open, and is a great place for a
             full-throttle high-speed run.  Telephone poles line
             the left side of the roadway, and can therefore be
             used as a great device for anticipating the
             placement of the upcoming corners.
          Sector 5
             Again, this is a high-speed sector, with telephone
             poles available for corner anticipation.  A large
             red covered bridge appears about halfway through the
             stage, just after the telephone poles move from the
             left side of the roadway to the right side.
          Sector 6
             This final sector runs through wide-open farmland,
             with plenty of spectators lining the roadway (on the
             opposite side of the snowbanks).  The final sector
             also transitions quickly to ice.
       Stage 4
          Sector 1
             Spectators spectators everywhere!!!!!  This opening
             sector is wide open on both sides of the roadway,
             with hordes of spectators seemingly as far as the
             eye can see, especially near the Starting Line.
          Sector 2
             This is essentially like the first sector, but with
             tighter corners and fewer spectators.
          Sector 3
             This is essentially like the second sector, but with
             even tighter corners.
          Sector 4
             This is essentially like the third sector, but on
             snowy gravel.
          Sector 5
             The roadway keeps transitioning between snowy gravel
             and deep snow.
          Sector 6
             The trees and the spectators both become much more
             numerous in this sector as the corners get tighter
             and tighter.
    Germany
       Stage 1
          Sector 1
             Beginning on snowy asphalt, this stage primarily has
             tall rocks on the right side of the roadway and
             either guardrails or trees on the left side.  The
             sector ends halfway through the tunnel.
          Sector 2
             This is much the same as the opening sector, but
             without the snow on much of the roadway and some
             rock barriers on the left side of the roadway.
          Sector 3
             This is much like Sector 2.
          Sector 4
             Here, the rocks give way to trees on either side of
             the roadway for the first half of the sector, then
             the mountain rocks and a tunnel return in the second
             half of the sector.  The sector ends just beyond the
             tunnel.
          Sector 5
             This is much like the opening sector, but without
             the snow on the asphalt.  About two-thirds of the
             way through the sector, the roadway passes
             underneath a ski lift :-)
          Sector 6
             This final uphill run sees snow lightly covering the
             roadway.  This is in many respects just like the
             opening sector.
       Stage 2
          Sector 1
             The stage begins in a lightly-wooded area, but
             eventually a guardrail on the right side of the
             roadway prevents vehicles from falling off the short
             but sheer drop into the river below.
          Sector 2
             Now away from the river, there are rock embankments
             along much of the roadway in this second sector, as
             well as many signs of logging - some of which are
             rather close to the roadway.
          Sector 3
             The rocks give way to a lightly-wooded area.  Soon,
             a rail line appears on the right side of the
             roadway, and there may be a railroad engine used for
             logging slowly moving along.  However, the roadway
             soon turns away from the rail line, ending this
             third sector.
          Sector 4
             Beginning bounded by rocks and trees, this sector
             turns back toward the rail line, then turns away
             again.  The sector ends just before reaching the
             town ahead.
          Sector 5
             Much of this penultimate sector runs through a
             fan-filled town.  The entryway to the town is a
             minor tunnel, and there are sidewalks along the
             roadway which could cause a vehicle to bounce and
             lose control if hit at high speeds.  The roadway
             eventually leaves the town, heading back out
             into the woods (with a brief segment bounded on
             both sides by tall rock embankments).
          Sector 6
             This is a fairly-open sector, with mostly gentle
             corners conducive to a high-speed run.  There are
             also numerous fans (in groups) along the roadway
             in this final sector.  The stage ends shortly
             beyond the building on the left.
       Stage 3
          Sector 1
             This stage begins in a lightly-wooded area, but then
             the trees give way to rock embankments.  The sector
             ends just before the pile of logs on the left side
             of the roadway.
          Sector 2
             Primarily trees bound the roadway in this sector,
             but there are also a significant number of steep
             embankments (primarily rocks).  Some fans can be
             seen in this sector, and the few signs of logging
             are fortunately well away from the roadway itself.
          Sector 3
             This is primarily a light-wooded sector, with
             some steep embankments (primarily grassy) in some
             areas.
          Sector 4
             This is primarily a light-wooded sector, with
             some steep embankments (primarily rocky) in some
             areas.  The roadway transitions to icy asphalt at
             the end of the sector.
          Sector 5
             The first half of this penultimate sector is lined
             with tall rock embankments or even cliffs, and the
             corners are many and somewhat sharp.  The second
             half of the sector opens up a bit, but there are
             still A LOT of trees lining the roadway.
          Sector 6
             This final sector begins the way Sector 5 ends, but
             then returns to rocky cliffs.  There is also a
             tunnel near the end of the stage.
       Stage 4
          Special Weather Note
             At least in Time Attack Mode, this stage is run in
             foggy conditions, which makes clear visibility
             almost impossible.  This can make it quite difficult
             to correctly judge distances between a navigator's
             call and the associated corner or obstacle.
             Therefore, special caution must be made here;
             however, this is one of the best stages in the game
             to truly attack and gain a major lead over the
             competition in V-Rally Mode.
          Sector 1
             The opening sector of this stage runs through
             vineyards and is LOADED with nasty, sharp corners.
             Those drivers who can deftly handle these corners
             will have a great advantage over the competition (in
             V-Rally Mode) heading into Sector 2.
          Sector 2
             This second sector runs initially through more
             vineyards with tight corners, then heads into the
             woods.  Those drivers who can deftly handle these
             corners will have a great advantage over the
             competition (in V-Rally Mode) heading into Sector 3.
          Sector 3
             As this sector progresses, there are more and more
             rock embankments flanking the roadway, with each
             embankment seemingly taller than the one before it.
          Sector 4
             The fourth sector opens up a bit, then passes by
             several buildings and groups of spectators.  The
             second half of the sector runs between tall rock
             embankments.
          Sector 5
             The roadway here runs through a lightly-wooded
             area, with spectators in the small clearings.  There
             are also some more rock embankments.
          Sector 6
             This final sector is much like Sector 5, but ending
             at another vineyard.
    Africa
       Special Visibility Note
          Most of the Africa stages are extremely sunny, and do
          not have much (if anything) nearby to block the
          sunlight from shining upon the roadway.  This can
          produce severe visibility problems when heading toward
          the sun, and adjusting the camera view will not usually
          provide better visibility.  In this case, it is best to
          try to use tall trees near the roadway to anticipate
          upcoming corners.
       Stage 1
          Sector 1
             There are A LOT of spectators lining the roadway in
             this initial sector.  While the corners are not at
             all difficult, the apexes often have small rises
             which are just tall enough to knock the vehicle out
             of control.  Some apexes are flat, but just sandy
             enough to seriously slow the vehicle.
          Sector 2
             The first two-thirds of this sector are essentially
             like the opening sector, although the embankments
             alongside the roadway tend to get progressively
             taller.  However, the final third of the sector has
             some nasty corners between these tall embankments,
             which can potentially cause some trouble.
          Sector 3
             There are fewer embankments in this third sector,
             and the corners are not quite as sharp as before.
             However, it is still easy to stray off the roadway
             and damage the vehicle.
          Sector 4
             The second corner of this sector is by far the most
             difficult in all of the Africa stages, with a cliff
             face essentially protruding into the roadway from
             the right side, and a unguarded catastrophic descent
             on the left side of the roadway.  Once past this
             nasty corner, the roadway tends to run along the
             plateau, with embankments and spectators on both
             sides of the roadway.
          Sector 5
             This penultimate sector is really one super-lengthy
             straightaway, with only one true corner; with
             precision steering, even this corner can be safely
             cleared at full-throttle acceleration.  This sector
             ends just before the wooden archway.
          Sector 6
             This short sector is a high-speed run to the Finish
             Line.  However, straightlining the many gentle
             corners is not a good idea, as the grass at the apex
             of each corner will slow the vehicle significantly.
       Stage 2
          Sector 1
             Many embankments and trees line the roadway
             throughout this opening sector.
          Sector 2
             The many corners come fast and furious in this
             sector.  There is also a railroad crossing, almost
             directly underneath the point where the telephone
             lines cross over the roadway.
          Sector 3
             Much of this sector runs along a twisty, narrow
             plateau.  There is NO room for error, as the tall
             cliff face bounds the roadway on the left side, and
             the right side is a severe drop to the valley floor
             far below.  There are also trees and embankments
             strategically placed on the left side of the
             roadway to create more concern for those drivers who
             slide to the outside in the left-hand corners.
          Sector 4
             Now off the plateau, the roadway is primarily
             bounded by more embankments, although the corners
             are not quite as severe here.
          Sector 5
             The corners are more gentle here as the roadway
             leads up to a wooden bridge.  Once across the
             bridge, the roadway winds through a tiny village
             filled with spectators.  Ahead is a second railroad
             crossing, but a vehicle with sufficient speed and
             the correct suspension setting can easily speed up
             the slight slope and jump over the railroad crossing
             without any need to slow to more safely cross the
             tracks.
          Sector 6
             Embankments and minor ditches characterize this
             closing sector, which is also heavily lined with
             cheering spectators.
       Stage 3
          Sector 1
             Until the very end of the sector, this is a very
             high-speed run with only the gentlest of corners.
             Embankments and trees line the roadway in this
             sector.  There is also a shallow river crossing
             quite early in the sector, but it can easily be
             cleared at full acceleration.
          Sector 2
             This is another very high-speed run, with more
             embankments and trees lining the roadway.
          Sector 3
             Here, the roadway runs along a shallow lake bed.
             There are the usual trees and embankments.
          Sector 4
             In this short sector, the roadway climbs up a
             rather narrow plateau.  There is a sheer cliff face
             bounding the roadway (and sometimes protruding
             slightly into it) on the right side, and some
             unprotected drops on the left side of the roadway.
          Sector 5
             In this short sector, the roadway descends back to
             the valley floor and also contains a wider shallow
             river crossing.
          Sector 6
             The first half of this final sector runs along the
             shallow lake bed again, then heads away from the
             lake.  The corners are rather gentle, making this
             sector a rather high-speed run to the Finish Line.
       Stage 4
          Sector 1
             With the exception of one corner, this is yet
             another high-speed run through the desert.  However,
             care must be taken to not slide off the roadway, as
             the grass will significantly slow vehicles.
          Sector 2
             This is yet another high-speed run, but with some
             embankments and trees closer to the roadway.
          Sector 3
             This is YET ANOTHER high-speed run, with some
             taller embankments and more trees.  Some spectators
             await by the building on the right side of the
             roadway about halfway through this sector.
          Sector 4
             The weeds on either side of the roadway are taller
             now, slowing stray vehicles even more quickly.
          Sector 5
             Except for one 'chicane,' this is another high-speed
             run.
          Sector 6
             There are practically no embankments here, but still
             plenty of trees and grass along this rather short
             final sector.  The Finish Line is about halfway
             along the final corner called by the navigator.
    
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