Sharoma Grand Prix 2

Grand Prix 2

In March 2012, for the first time in thirteen years, I began to play this notable motor racing simulation. I played four custom F1 seasons, one for IndyCar and a number of non-championship races. To view a race, simply click on the race result in the table below:

Formula 1

Year Driver 1 BRA 2 PAC 3 SMR 4 MON 5 ESP 6 CAN 7 FRA 8 GBR 9 GER 10 HUN 11 BEL 12 ITA 13 POR 14 EUR 15 JPN 16 AUS Pts WDC
1988 Mauricio Gugelmin Ret 9 2 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 1 1 1 2 1 2 63 3rd
1992 Ukyo Katayama 4 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 8 4 12 1 Ret 3 2 5 4 Ret 37 5th
1982 Gilles Villeneuve 13 Ret 1 1 5 1 Ret 2 3 1 1 1 1 Ret Ret 1 84 1st
1995 Jean Alesi Ret 3 1 1 8 2 2 1 3 1 1 13 Ret 1 Ret 1 90 1st

(Bold indicates pole position and italics indicate fastest lap.)

Jean Alesi in the Ferrari 412 T2, 1995

I ran GP2 on old machinery and used the DOSBox CTRL-ALT-F5 method of recording the races. Due to the limited performance of this hardware, all races were recorded in low-resolution VGA mode to maintain framerate. Although I had stopped playing Grand Prix 2 by late 2017, I ran one final race on upgraded hardware to showcase the SVGA mode. I used a $10 'PS2-style' joypad [picture]. The difficulty level in all seasons is Ace with no driver aids enabled and various levels of damage. The carsets were assembled using material from the GP2 website.

Points are awarded according to the system used during that year's real life season. For F1, up to and including 1990 offers nine points for a win; 1991 and after is ten points. 1988 and 1982 therefore offer nine points for a win, whereas '92 and '95 give ten. All possible car failures are enabled for every championship race, and the odds of failure depend on the car used. The frame rate for the 1988 season is approximately 1.5x real time; slightly slower for '82 and '92, and for 1995 I am hoping it is closer to real time[1]. Races are always run at full distance (according to the 1994 number of laps).

IndyCar

In January 2016, after enjoying some late '80s to early '90s IndyCar/CART, I decided to attempt GP2 emulation of this fine motor racing era. I chose to drive as Raul Boesel because in these three years he proved very consistent and hungry for victory, but was denied due to luck or the superior machinery of other drivers. Although oval racing is far from ideal in Grand Prix 2, I still wanted to include it. Yet, because a number of American tracks used in the series aren't available, I decided to create my own schedule of races, made up of tracks that are not part of the official game or my F1 seasons above. Therefore, this is a custom season made purely for entertainment and enjoyment. I've wanted to learn the IndyCar tracks for some time, and now I can, albeit within the limits of the GP2 engine.

Please note: I am well aware that this mod is far from ideal. GP2 purists might eschew the use of any mods, be they graphical or audio. As stated above, this season is for enjoyment and entertainment only. It is not claiming to be an IndyCar simulation[2], merely my own experiments with an old game. I am aware that IndyCar races commence with a rolling start or that the AI isn't specifically programmed to deal with oval racing.

Year Driver 1 ZAN 2 MIL 3 RAM 4 DIJ 5,6 LAS 7,8 FON 9,10 VAN 11,12 LBH 13 CLV 14 MOH 15,16 DET 17,18 USA 19 PRT 20 POC 21 MNT Pts DC
1993 Raul Boesel 1 1 4 1 19 5 1 2 24 19 5 2 2 6 1 1 10 23 24 14 16 227 1st
     Oval/Speedway/Super Speedway      Permanent Road Course/Airport      Temporary Street Circuit

Bold indicates pole position and italics indicate fastest lap.

The IndyCar points system for this era is as follows: 1st 20 2nd 16 3rd 14 4th 12 5th 10 6th 8 7th 6 8th 5 9th 4 10th 3 11th 2 12th 1. A point is awarded for pole position and the point for most laps led (see below) will instead go to the driver with the fastest race lap.

Raul Boesel at the 1993 Cleveland Grand Prix, Burke Lakefront Airport

Raul Boesel during 1993: Cleveland Grand Prix, Burke Lakefront Airport (above) and doing battle with Al Unser, Jr. at the Milwaukee Mile (below).

Raul Boesel battles Al Unser, Jr. at the 1993 Milwaukee Sprint

Here are the names of the 1993 IndyCar events:

  1. Zandvoort 200
  2. Milwaukee Sprint
  3. Road America 220
  4. Dijon 300
  5. Las Vegas Day Sprint
  6. Las Vegas Night Sprint
  7. Fontana 400 - Race 1
  8. Fontana 400 - Race 2
  9. Vancouver Indy - Race 1
  10. Vancouver Indy - Race 2
  11. Long Beach Grand Prix - Race 1
  12. Long Beach Grand Prix - Race 2
  13. Cleveland Grand Prix
  14. Mid-Ohio 200
  15. 'Dual in Detroit' 1
  16. 'Dual in Detroit' 2
  17. USA 600k - Race 1
  18. USA 600k - Race 2
  19. Portland 200
  20. Pocono 500k
  21. Laguna Seca 300k

Note - In Grand Prix 2, there is no system to allow:

  1. Rolling starts
  2. White Flag
  3. Determination of most laps led
  4. Full course caution or pace cars
  5. Races above 124 laps
  6. A field with more than 26 drivers

Non-championship Races

Mauricio Gugelmin racing the March-Judd 881 during 1988

Mauricio Gugelmin racing the March-Judd 881 during 1988

The Ferrari 126C2 duo: Gilles Villeneuve battles Didier Pironi

The Ferrari 126C2 duo: Gilles Villeneuve battles Didier Pironi

Pierluigi Martini & Christian Fittipaldi, Monza 1994

Pierluigi Martini & Christian Fittipaldi, Monza 1994

The Larrousse of Ukyo Katayama pursued by the Minardi of Gianni Morbidelli, Spa 1992

The Larrousse of Ukyo Katayama pursued by the Minardi of Gianni Morbidelli, Spa 1992

Damon Hill leads the field at Road America, 1994

Damon Hill leads the field at Road America, 1994

Jules Bianchi's Marussia, 2014

Jules Bianchi's Marussia, 2014

During my time playing Grand Prix 2 (approximately 2012-2016) I also raced these standalone events:

  1. Andrea de Cesaris / Rial - Detroit 1988
  2. Ayrton Senna / Toleman - Monaco 1984
  3. Ayrton Senna / McLaren - Interlagos 1991
  4. Ayrton Senna / McLaren - Phoenix 1991
  5. Bernd Schneider / Zakspeed - Hockenheim 1988
  6. Nigel Mansell / Williams - Phoenix 1991
  7. Nigel Mansell / Newman-Haas - Surfers Paradise 1994
  8. Pedro Diniz / Forti - Adelaide 1995
  9. Roland Ratzenberger / Simtek - Imola 1994
  10. Aguri Suzuki / Ligier - Suzuka 1995
  11. Elio de Angelis / Lotus - Austria 1982
  12. Ayrton Senna / Williams - Suzuka 1994
  13. Jenson Button / McLaren - Brands Hatch 2013
  14. Jos Verstappen / Simtek - Zandvoort 1995
  15. Keke Rosberg / Williams - Long Beach 1982
  16. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes - Brands Hatch 2013
  17. Martin Brundle / Ligier - Monza 1993
  18. Nigel Mansell / Williams - Mexico 1992
  19. Piercarlo Ghinzani / Ligier - Spa 1987
  20. Rene Arnoux / Renault - France 1982
  21. Max Chilton / Marussia - Hungaroring 2013
  22. Didier Pironi / Ferrari - Monza 1982
  23. Andrea de Cesaris / Alfa Romeo - Long Beach 1982
  24. Giedo van der Garde / Caterham - Zandvoort 2013
  25. Max Chilton / Marussia - Suzuka 2013
  26. Esteban Gutierrez / Sauber - Mexico 2013
  27. Valtteri Bottas / Williams - Suzuka 2013
  28. Nico Hulkenberg / Sauber - Dijon 2013
  29. Alan Jones / Williams - Dijon 1979
  30. John Watson / McLaren - Dijon 1982
  31. Roberto Moreno / Forti - Interlagos 1995
  32. Andrea Montermini / Pacific - Pacific 1995
  33. Eric Bernard / Ligier - Suzuka 1994
  34. Nigel Mansell / Ferrari - Hungaroring 1989
  35. Andrea de Cesaris / Dallara - Montreal 1989
  36. Erik Comas / Larrousse - Hungaroring 1993
  37. Ayrton Senna / McLaren - Monaco 1993
  38. Bruno Senna / McLaren - Jerez 2010
  39. Nigel Mansell / Williams - Silverstone 1985
  40. Stefan Bellof / Tyrrell - Adelaide 1984
  41. Gianni Morbidelli / Ferrari - Adelaide 1991
  42. Satoru Nakajima / Tyrrell - Suzuka 1991
  43. Eddie Cheever / Arrows - Detroit 1987
  44. Eric van de Poele / Lambo - San Marino 1991
  45. Damon Hill / Arrows - Hungaroring 1997
  46. Nigel Mansell / Williams - Brands Hatch 1985
  47. Michele Alboreto / Minardi - Monaco 1994
  48. Olivier Beretta / Larrousse - Monaco 1994
  49. Erik Comas / Larrousse - Suzuka 1994
  50. Erik Comas / Larrousse - Magny-Cours 1994
  51. Andrea de Cesaris / Sauber - Monza 1994
  52. Gerhard Berger / Ferrari - Suzuka 1994
  53. Alessandro Zanardi / Lotus - Montreal 1994
  54. Nigel Mansell / Williams - Silverstone 1994
  55. Bertrand Gachot / Pacific - Interlagos 1994
  56. Thierry Boutsen / Benetton - Montreal 1988
  57. Didier Pironi / Ferrari - Zandvoort 1982 - Race 1
  58. Didier Pironi / Ferrari - Zandvoort 1982 - Race 2
  59. Elio de Angelis / Lotus - Austria 1985
  60. Derek Warwick / Arrows - Mexico 1987
  61. Damon Hill / Williams - Road America 1994
  62. Olivier Panis-Ligier - Spa 1994
  63. Gilles Villeneuve / Ferrari - Montreal 1982 - Race 1
  64. Gilles Villeneuve / Ferrari - Montreal 1982 - Race 2
  65. Jean Alesi / Ferrari - Imola 1992
  66. Jules Bianchi / Marussia - Suzuka 2014

Miscellaneous Footage

Gallery

Feel free to browse my directories of Grand Prix 2 related pictures.

Acquiring

Grand Prix 2 is available as a free download if you search for it. Try to acquire the 'oldgames' installer with DOSBox included.

[1] It took a few attempts to tweak this. Disabling the 'sky' texture in the first season probably led to it running faster than actually desired, but I had to do this to prevent excessive slowdown, which due to interference with joypad input, makes driving more difficult. The speed of the 1988 and 1992 seasons may also have led to the development of reduced reaction times. Such is the age of the hardware that during the summer months the overheating to which it is prone caused a loss in CPU performance, resulting in slowdown. Round 8 of 1995 was the first race on the newer laptop, and it ran approximately two minutes shorter than real time over a 90 minute period. For the next round I reduced the frame rate from 12.8 to 12.1.

[2] The 'Indy' season of GP2 is meant to allow for some track familiarisation before the move over to IndyCar Racing II. ICRII will be the game I attempt to master, from scratch, once the final un-modded Grand Prix 2 season is completed.