TEASER: SANDOWN SET FOR RELEASE ON IRACING

Sandown is scheduled to be released for the iRacing sim racing platform in June. Pic: iRacing

ONLINE sim racing service iRacing has released a teaser photo of Sandown Raceway ahead of its addition to the platform.

The Melbourne circuit’s future has been under a cloud in recent years with the Melbourne Racing Club continuing to make moves that would allow Sandown to be redeveloped into housing.

Regardless of its fate in reality, Sandown will live on digitally on the iRacing platform with it scheduled to form part of its 2022 Season 3 release in June.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Sandown International Raceway to iRacing’s extensive list of licensed content later this year,” iRacing executive producer Greg Hill said.

“Our Australian userbase has been an important part of our growth for quite some time, and we’re excited to welcome the longtime home of one of Supercars’ most popular events.

“We’re looking forward to adding it to our Supercars calendars each season, as well as those for a number of other popular iRacing series!”

iRacing released this teaser last year of the laser-scanned point cloud data which they have used to create the digital version of Sandown. Pic: iRacing

iRacing announced it was adding Sandown to its roster of circuits last year when it showed a screenshot of the data generated from the laser-scanning process, while the latest teaser is the first in-game screenshot of the circuit.

Sandown will join the list of Australian circuits featured in the sim, with Winton Motor Raceway added earlier this year in time for 2022 Season 2.

Although the real Oran Park was demolished over a decade ago it lives on in iRacing among the circuits that come with a standard membership to the service, while Mount Panorama and Phillip Island can be purchased as add-ons.

The service also features the current generation Supercars Gen2 Holden Commodore ZB and Ford Mustang GT, along with the older Car of the Future-spec Holden Commodore VF and Ford Falcon FG.

iRacing is regularly used by Supercars drivers as well as the series itself, which utilises the platform for its annual Eseries.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.