iRacing at RaceDepartment has gone into overdrive this summer with not only a full schedule of events for our regular Sunday race meetings but also a whole host of mid-week events running on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in EU and US friendly time zones. In September we have two events scheduled for our Sunday race event slot to take us up to the start of our autumn and winter series. With the launch of iRacing 2.0 this month it only seemed fitting that we used one of the new tracks in this release – Suzuka. This track is home to the Japanese Grand Prix and it’s the Williams Toyota FW31 that we’ll be using in this event to celebrate the release of this famous circuit. To wrap up this summer’s series of Sunday events we’ll be jumping back into the seat of an old favourite but at a new venue. The Ford Mustang has been a popular car this year in events at RaceDepartment and for this race we’ll be travelling to one of Canada’s premier racing venues - Mosport. There’s going to be no let-up in the action as we head off into the autumn and winter months with not just one but two series running back to back. Our MX-5 series which ran at the beginning of the year was a huge success. The MX-5 proved to be very popular amongst our drivers for being a stable but very nimble car to race. The series took us from Laguna Seca to Spa Francorchamps over a six week schedule and we’re pleased to announce the MX-5 is back! We’re staying with a six week schedule and Series 2 of the MX-5 Championship will start in September at an old favourite – Brands Hatch. This former military training ground site has hosted many of the world’s famous racing series from Formula 1, World Touring Car Championship, British Touring Car Championship, A1GP, Superbikes, Formula 3, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and even Truck racing. Series 1 ran here back in January and with its mix of fast sweeping corners and constant elevation changes it proved to be a hit with the drivers who entered the race. Round two takes us to Mosport. The track was designed and built in the 1950’s just outside of Toronto. This 2.4 mile track takes in 10 turns, one of which is named after one of its early winners - Sir Stirling Moss, the legendary British Racing driver. Once drivers have tackled that sequence of corners they are onto the long Mario Andretti Straightaway where grabbing a good slipstream is the key to success. Round three will take place at Okayama International Circuit. Originally built in 1992 as a private race track it went on to host the Formula 1 Pacific Grand Prix under its former name TI Circuit Aida in 1994 and 1995 and has also hosted World Touring Cars and Formula Nippon. The current lap record of this 2.3 mile circuit is held by none other than seven time world champion Michael Schumacher! Round four of the series and we’re back in Europe at another world famous circuit. Circuit Park Zandvoort is a track revered by many as a classic race venue containing everything you want in a race circuit – hairpins, chicane’s, slow technical corners and fast sweeping bends this track has tested some of the world’s greatest drivers in Formula 1 and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. For this und of the MX-5 Championship we’ll be using the 1.8 mile National course. Round five keeps our drivers in Europe and brings us back to the UK but this time its Silverstone that plays host to the MX-5 Championship. Starting out as an RAF bomber station Silverstone is now the home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Its 2.2 mile International layout will be used for this round of the Championship but even in this shortened configuration it will still present a challenge to our drivers. We end the series with a visit to Suzuka for round six. This spectacular circuit underwent major renovation in 2009 and has been host to the Japanese Grand Prix ever since and will host a round of the WTCC this year. Suzuka is loved by real and virtual racers so it only seemed right that we included this fantastic track that has only recently been added to the iRacing service. We will open up registration for this series soon and will be sending out invites to drivers who have participated in our last few series. The MX-5 has provided some fantastic racing in our last series and other events so be sure not to miss out. That’s not all though, in the next few days we will also announce the racing series that will run alongside the MX-5 Championship and we’re really excited about this one and hope you will be too, so check back with us here at RaceDepartment soon for more details.