ToCA Race Driver™ guide

{ Title    }   ToCA Race Driver FAQ/Strategy Guide™
{ Platform }   PlayStation 2™
{ Version  }   v0.1
{ Author   }   The Adman - Adam Stevens
{ E-Mail   }   adhomer@yahoo.com
{ Updated  }   August 26th, 2002

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Contents.

  i. Legal Blurb
 ii. Version History
iii. Introduction
  1. Pre-Game
   a. Characters
   b. Controls
   c. Menus
  2. Career
   a. Super Sports
   b. Power Racing
   c. World Championship
   d. Elite Class
  3. Free Race
  4. Time Trial
  5. Multiplayer
  6. Tracks
   a. Circuit Guides
   b. Fastest Laps
  7. Tips & Hints
  8. Credits

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 i. Legal Blurb

This FAQ is only allowed to appear on GameFAQs. [www.gamefaqs.com] If anyone 
finds this FAQ on another site, please inform me by e-mail as soon as possible.

Copyright:
© Copyright 2002 Adam Stevens. This FAQ and everything included  within  this 
file  cannot be reproduced inany way, shape or form  (physical, electronical, 
or otherwise) aside from being placed on a freely-accessible, non-commercial 
web page in it's original, unedited and  unaltered  format. This FAQ cannot be 
used for profitable purposes (even if no money would be made from  selling it)
or promotional purposes. It cannot be used in any sort of commercial 
transaction. It cannot be given away as some sort of bonus, gift, etc, with a 
purchase as this creates incentive to buy and is therefore prohibited.

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 ii. Version History

Version 0.1 (26/08/02)
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•Everything you see here.

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 iii. Introduction

ToCA Race Driver™ is the fourth ToCA game to be released by Codemasters® and 
the first to be released on the PlayStation2™. It is also the first in the 
series to be plot-based. In my opinion it is by far the best game yet and one 
of the best racing games to be released for the PlayStation2 so far.

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 1. Pre-Game

 a. Characters

Ryan McKane - The son of Kyle McKane and brother of Donnie. Has lived in 
   their spotlight all of his racing career and is resentful of Donnie for 
   leaving him and his Mum after their fathers death. This is who you play as 
   in the game, and as him, you must drive your way to the top and become World 
   Champion.

Kyle 'Motor City' McKane - One of the most successful drivers there was until 
   he was killed in a spectacular crash, caused by a young English rookie 
   called James Randal. Father of Donnie and Ryan McKane.

Donnie McKane - Successful race car driver, on the verge of entering the World
   Championship

Bobby Scott - Veteran crew chief. Looking for a new driver at the beginning of 
   the game.

Melanie Sanchez - Sassy Latino lady that Ryan meets fairly early on in the 
   game. Daughter and assistant of a team boss.

Paulie Satriale - Owner of a racing team, friend of Bobby and Donnie McKane.

Jack - Good friend of Kyle McKane, and mentor of Ryan.

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 b. Controls

Analog Controller (Dualshock®2)
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D-pad/Left Analog Stick - Steer the car left and right.
Right Analog stick up/X - Accelerate
Right Analog stick down/Square - Brake
Circle - Handbrake
Traingle - Switch Camera View
Start - Pause
L2 - Damage Indicator
R2 - Rear View
L1 - Gear down (manual)/Look left (automatic)
R1 - Gear up (manual)/Look right (automatic)


Logitech Driving Force
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Steering Wheel - Steer the car left and right.
Right Foot Pedal - Accelerate
Left Foot Pedal - Brake
Circle - Handbrake
Traingle - Switch Camera View
Start - Pause
L2 - Damage Indicator
R2 - Rear View
L1/Left Paddle - Gear down (manual)/Look left (automatic)
R1/Right Paddle - Gear up (manual)/Look right (automatic)


Logitech GT Force
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Steering Wheel - Steer the car left and right.
Right Foot Pedal - Accelerate
Left Foot Pedal - Brake
Right Paddle - Handbrake
X - Switch Camera View
Y - Damage Indicator
Left Paddle - Rear View
A - Gear down (manual)/Look left (automatic)
B - Gear up (manual)/Look right (automatic)

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 c. Menus

Each of the menus in TRD is based on a room, with different items in the room 
representing different submenus.

Driver HQ
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Computer     -  Career: Manage your career and view your email offers.
File cabinet -  Options: Alter the sound, graphics, controller and language
                options.
Map          -  Pro Race Driver Map: A map showing the location of the worlds 
                best drivers.
Door         -  Free Time: Multiplayer races, time trial and free race options 
                are available here.

Free Time Menu
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Locker       -  Free Race: Race a championship in full or set up a custom race
                on any track.
Clipboard    -  Time Trial: Race against the clock.
TV           -  TV and Video: View Ryan's video collection.
Couch        -  Multi-player: Challenge your friends in a one off race or 
                custom championship.
Door         -  Driver HQ: Career management, your trophy cabinet and the game 
                options are available here.

Race Menu
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Garage Door  -  Race: Start the race
Monitor      -  Championship Progression: View your championship status and 
                the current track layout.
Whiteboard   -  Grid Positions: View the grid for the upcoming race.
Laptop       -  Car Setup/Test Drive: Alter your car's setup.

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 2. Career

This is where the bulk of the game is to be found. It starts with a race from
15 years previous, as Kyle McKane wins a race at the Ronkonkoma Speedway in 
Michigan. Hot on his tail as he crosses the finish line is a young rookie by 
the name of James Randal. As they cross, Randal fishtails McKane, sending him 
into a series of uncontrollable barrel rolls before the car explodes, killing
McKane, as his two young sons, Donnie and Ryan look on.

15 Years later and we see Paulie Satriale and Bobby Scott walking down the pit 
lane. Bobby needs a new driver, so Paulie suggests Donnie. Donnie refuses, but 
suggests his younger brother Ryan, and so the game begins.

 a. Super Sports

The first thing you have to do is prove that you're worthy of a drive in next 
season's TOCA Tour (British Touring Car Championship). Your challenge is to 
complete one lap of the  Brands Hatch Indy circuit in less than 1:20:00 using a 
Lexus IS200. If you  complete the lap in that time you get a drive with ABG 
Motorsport.

Once you're done, Paulie Satriale offers to manage you, and 'take you to the 
top'. The first championship you race in is the TOCA Tour. The tracks you race 
on are:

•Brands Hatch Indy - 3 Laps
•Oulton Park       - 3 Laps
•Silverstone       - 3 Laps
•Donington         - 5 Laps / Mandatory Pits
•Knockhill         - 3 Laps
•Brands Hatch GP   - 3 Laps

All the races in this championship are 3 laps, apart from Donington. Mandatory
pit stops don't really add much to the game, but does allow you to repair some 
damage if you want. If you don't pit, you will be disqualified, so it's 
important you do pit, at the end of lap 2 or 3 ideally.

Your opponents in this first championship should be fairly easy to beat, so you
should use this as a warm up for things to come, as the other championships on 
this tier will be harder to do well on. The more points you can get here the 
better, as you'll need a combined total of 132 to advance to the next tier.

If you finish in the top 3, you will receive your first Pro Race Driver 
Challenge, from Paul Craven. In this race you have 1 lap to beat him, using the
same car as him, in this case an Austin Mini Cooper S, on the Brands Hatch Indy 
circuit.If you win, you get their car, if you lose then you can just race them 
until you do win. These races can be fairly hard to win, but if you muscle the 
other car into a gravel trap, you can make your life a lot easier.

At this point you will receive offers from every championship available on the
Super Sports tier, so I will cover each one separately.

At the beginning of your second season, Ryan meets Melanie Sanchez, but she 
quickly blows him off. Just after he meets 'Cannonball' Jack Johnson, who 
offers a few words of encouragement.

Alfa GTV Cup : Alfa Romeo GTV

•Monza       - 3 Laps
•Vallelunga  - 5 Laps / Mandatory Pits
•Catalunya   - 3 Laps
•Monza       - 3 Laps
•Catalunya   - 3 Laps
•Vallelunga  - 3 Laps

With all the cars in this championship being identical, you won't be able to 
rely purely on your speed for this one. Good braking and cornering is vital, 
and slipstreaming the opposition will gain an extra few mph which is important 
on long straights like those in Monza.

After your second season is done, a cutscene between Bobby Scott and Ryan takes
place in his office. Bobby wants Ryan to get his story straight for the press
and asks him a few questions. Ryan says he doesn't always want to be 
overshadowed by his brother or the reputation of his father. He wants to win 
the World Championship for himself and no one else.

Silvio Cruz then challenges you to a duel on the Vallelunga circuit using a 
1978 Chevrolet Corvette. As with all Corvettes it's very powerful and rear 
wheel drive, which means it will oversteer on every corner, so be careful not 
to accelerate to hard while turning, otherwise it'll send you into a spin.

After your second season is complete you will receive your first single day 
event offer. These are one off races that can add up to 10 points to your 
points total. The first of the Super Sport offers comes from Brembo, who want 
you to race their MG ZR Turbo around the Vancouver circuit. It's a 3 lap race
but if you screw up you can't restart, so be careful. Don't get spun on this 
very thin track.



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 3. Free Race

When you select the Free Race option, you will be presented with a list of all 
the tracks currently available to you to race on. As you progress in Career 
Mode, more tracks will become available to use in Free Race.

You can put up to 7 tracks into your custom championship. However, you cannot 
pick tracks from different championships for your custom championship. If you 
wish to race on tracks from different championships you must select them from 
the Freestyle area beneath. Each time you select a track you can alter the 
number of laps (from 1-60), the weather (a choice of Drizzle,Rain, Storm, 
Sunny, Sunset and Very Hot) and whether a mandatory pit stop will be required 
(only available if the race is 5 laps or longer).

Once you have put together your championship, you will be able to pick your 
car. However, your choice will be limited depending on where you choose to 
race. If you choose only tracks from the ToCA Championship, then you will only 
be able to race with the cars used in that championship. If you choose 
Freestyle tracks, then you will be able to choose from a wider range of cars, 
including any that you win during the game.

Once your car is chosen, you can adjust the livery for it, what transmission 
you use and the difficulty of your opponents. You can also adjust what cars you
race against, although this can easily cause unbalanced races.

When the Championship starts, you are provided with the same options as you 
would be normally in Career Mode.

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 4. Time Trial

Coming Soon!

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 5. Multiplayer

Coming Soon!

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 6. Tracks

There are 38 tracks in total for you to race on in TRD, here I will hope to
have a small guide to each track, so you know what to expect. Tracks are listed 
in alphabetical order. I will also provide my best lap time for each track, and
any laps from readers of this FAQ that beat mine (I'll assume you guys will be
honest, no fun in lying is there?).

 a. Cicruit Guides

•A1 Ring:
•Adelaide:                        
•Bathurst:                          
•Brands Hatch GP: 2.6 Miles          
•Brands Hatch Indy:                   
•Bristol Speedway:                    
•Canberra:
•Catalunya: 2.9 Miles
•Charlotte:
•Dijon Prenois:
•Donington: 2.0 miles
•Eastern Creek:
•Fuji:
•Hockenheim Long:
•Hockenheim Short:
•Knockhill: 1.3 Miles
•Las Vegas:
•Magny Cours:
•Mantorp Park:
•Mexico:
•Monza: 3.6 Miles
•Norisring:
•Nurburgring Long:
•Nurburgring Short:
•Oran Park:
•Oschersleben:
•Oulton Park:
•Philip Island:
•Rockingham Oval:
•Rockingham Road:
•Sandown:
•Sears Point:
•Silverstone: 3.2 Miles
•T1 Circuit AIDA:
•Valelunga: 2.0 Miles
•Vancouver:
•Zandvoort:
•Zolder:


 b. Fastest Laps


 Track           | Time  | Car                           | Racer
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A1 Ring          |1:27:62|TVR Cerbera Speed 12           |
Adelaide         |1:19:36|Ford Falcon AU                 |
Bathurst         |1:53:39|TVR Cerbera Speed 12           |
Brands Hatch GP  |1:13:10|TVR Cerbera Speed 12           |
Brands Hatch Indy|0:37:74|TVR Cerbera Speed 12           |
Bristol Speedway |0:12:31|TVR Cerbera Speed 12           |
Canberra         |       |                               |
Catalunya        |       |                               |
Charlotte        |       |                               |
Dijon Prenois    |       |                               |
Donington        |       |                               |
Eastern Creek    |       |                               |
Fuji             |       |                               |
Hockenheim Long  |       |                               | 
Hockenheim Short |       |                               |  
Knockhill        |       |                               |
Las Vegas        |       |                               |
Magny Cours      |       |                               |
Mantorp Park     |       |                               |
Mexico           |       |                               |
Monza            |       |                               |
Norisring        |       |                               | 
Nurburgring Long |       |                               |
Nurburgring Short|       |                               | 
Oran Park        |       |                               | 
Oschersleben     |       |                               |
Oulton Park      |       |                               |
Philip Island    |       |                               | 
Rockingham Oval  |       |                               |
Rockingham Road  |       |                               |
Sandown          |       |                               |
Sears Point      |       |                               |
Silverstone      |       |                               | 
T1 Circuit AIDA  |       |                               |  
Valelunga        |       |                               | 
Vancouver        |       |                               |
Zandvoort        |       |                               |
Zolder           |       |                               |
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 7. Hints & Tips

This area is where I'd like some thoughts from all you readers. If you have a 
hint or tip worth putting on here, email it to me, and I'll add it and give you
credit for it.

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 8. Credits

Thank you to Codemasters for making such a great game, and to Sony for the
console to play it on. Thanks to GameFAQs for hosting my FAQ, and thanks to me
for writing it (why not? My FAQ, hehe).