It’s a passion which is shared by large numbers of people all over the world, from all walks of life. However one country which can find it hard to break into the world stage in the sim-racing community is Australia. This isn’t to say that sim-racing leagues are non-existent in Australia. There are numerous leagues in the country which have been around for a number of years. These leagues are however primarily filled with Australian drivers. The main problem which Australian drivers face in order to compete on the world stage is the time difference which presents itself when trying to compete in the big European and American leagues. Some starts are as early as 3:00am for Aussies trying to compete on the world stage of sim-racing, making it very draining and hard for them to race and also keep their lives on track. Personally I know how hard this can be, as being an Australian the times which I must be up at in order to race in the leagues I do is a tough one. However if you enjoy something enough than it can outweigh the negative consequences, something which I feel rings true for me and others in the sim racing community. Motor racing is also not as popular in Australia as it is elsewhere in the world. Australian Chris Stacey, organizer of the Virtual Formula Abarth Championship Australia, explains: “The problem with this is that because racing isn’t hugely popular in Australia, not many people even know how awesome sim-racing can be, or that it even exists.” This also is shown in the lack of Australian sim-racers who have the public profile of some European sim-racers. Again, this emphasizes the earlier point of how the knowledge that people have of sim-racing is comparatively low in Australia. “There are not many Australian sim-racers who have the public profile of a Greger Huttu, a Morgan Morand or a Bono Huis,” says Chris. Despite these troubles, compounded further by the slower internet Australia has compared especially to America and Europe, the net gain sim-racing provides far outweighs the negatives. I suspect most Australian sim-racers would agree that sim-racing is something that despite the sacrifices is well worth the time and effort it takes to perform, even on the European and Amercian stage.