Last week in Simracing: F1 Esports, DLC and much more

F1 Esports, some big releases on the DLC front and triumph for Team simRACE247 – last week had it all in the world of sim racing.

Monday 16th November saw the launch of the hotly anticipated Nordschliefe update for Automobilista 2. When combined with the new GT cars added in V1.0.5.0, players can recreate the most gruelling event in motorsport with their own Nurburgring (maybe not quite) 24 hours.

YouTuber Random Callsign was quick to sing Reiza’s praises labelling the update the best yet.

rFactor 2 also received some TLC from their developers with Studio-397 releasing a high-resolution version of the much-loved Spa Francorchamps. The DLC, available on the Steam Store, brings both the endurance and GP versions of Spa with those who have already given it a go praising the AI and overall accuracy and feel.

F1 2020 has been updated to version 1.13 on all platforms bringing new languages for commentary, clearer penalty information and an extra sponsor slot for the customisable car. Wednesday night also saw the return of F1 Esports action taking to Silverstone and Spa.

After a run of strong performances for Renault’s Nicolas Longuet, the Frenchman finally took top-honours in the F1 Esports British Grand Prix. Red Bull also continued to shine with Frede Rasmussen victorious in Belgium.

Thursday nights F1 Esports saw David Tonizza recreate Charles Leclerc’s 2019 Monza triumph. With just one event left in the 2020 F1 Esports series, Jarno Opmeer looks a clear favourite to clinch the title but with Frede Rasmussen just 18 points behind with 78 up for grabs, there is still time for things to change.

Assetto Corsa Competizione V1.6.0 and the GTWC DLC brought the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT3 NS Ferrari 488 Evo GT3 as well as the famed Imola circuit. The DLC includes accurate BoP mimicking the GTWC series as well as complete liveries and driver lineups. The full patch notes are available here for those looking for some light reading.

Wrapping up the week, Chase Herholdt and Elliot Simpson were in action at Oulton Park in the iRacing Cheaper Cars South African V8 Supercars Series. Simpson qualified on pole for race one with Chase starting from third.

A jump-start for the second-place driver eliminated that threat with Simpson coming home in first, Herholdt in fourth. Race two saw the grid reversed meaning both Chase and Elliot had to fight their way back to the front. Chase had worked his way to the front, allowing Elliot through with the faster pace to secure a 1-2 for the team.

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