I played a heap of GT2 last year, and the most fun was just winning some higher end races with my beefed up 1989 R32 GTR. Handling really takes a dive when you get the top range turbo. It’s loose enough in the tail anyway.
I loved the Need for Speed games up until, and including, Underground 2 (sans angry faux hip hop, and especially liked the tuning aspect of Porsche Unleashed (PC version only!!!) and U2.
I dabbled in GT3 around 2005, but it was a bit obtuse, and definitely a much harder game. So when I came to play GT2, I was super pleased to find it so arcade-like. Less so than the NFS, and Ridge Racer games.
For me it got a bit stale after winning the Ford GT40, as money became trivial. And I guess I prefer the slightly lower speed battle with traction, that makes the early stages fun.
The only Gold license I earned was the B-license in GT3. And man was that a slog to beat the last test!