Here’s a short overview of the major changes that season 2 2021 brought to iRacing road racing:
- The main news is the release of the long-awaited Hockenheim race track. This is great news to me as it is a track that I have driven on in real life. There are six different configurations.
- Somewhat unexpected was the release of the McLaren 570S GT4 as third GT4 car.
- The two other GT4 cars, the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the BMW M4 GT4, saw some changes and are now on the new tire model.
- The Sim-Lab Production Car Challenge has dropped longer and oval races, and now only does 25 minute road races.
- The Dallara Formula iR series has been moved up to B license level, the car has also been modified.
- There’s a new GT3 series, the GT3 Challenge. It runs on the same schedule as VRS GT Sprint, but is fixed setup and shorter 20 minute races. This sounds like a great series to me.
I’m really happy with these changes and additions. Hockenheim was an instant buy for me. The Cayman is much more predictable now, and since I enjoy shorter races, both the 25 minute format of the SLPCC and the 20 minute GT3 Challenge appeal to me. With so much to choose from and all the series that I’ve raced in running schedules with six or more tracks that I own, there are some tough choices to be made. I’ll probably have to skip the Skippy and the Turn Racing Touring Car Challenge, which still leaves me with the SLPCC, Advanced Mazda, MWC, Porsche Cup, and GT3 Challenge to compete in. I’ll probably focus on the SLPCC for the participation credits, and do one of the others when time allows and when they are on one of my favorite tracks. Hockenheim is definitely a must here, as are the races on the Nordschleife.