ACC’s recently announced VS track pack made us think about some tracks we’d love to see in Kunos’ GT3 sim. Do you agree with our choices?
Earlier this week (June 14, 2022) a brand new USA track pack was teased for Assetto Corsa Competizione, bringing Watkins Glen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Road Course and the Circuit of the Americas to the official race of the GT World Challenge.
With Assetto Corsa 2 set to be released in 2024, it looks like Asetto Corsa Competizione could be at the forefront of Kunos Simulazioni’s efforts for at least another 18 months, and with that in mind, we hope to see even more tracks released as DLC before the platform launches. set out for pasture.
So we thought it would be fun to speculate about which tracks we’d like to see at Watkins, Indy and COTA in the near and far future – despite licensing deals.
There is one caveat though: to appear in Asetto Corsa Competizione the venues must be used in real SRO Motorsports Group championships. Before you ask, unequivocally, that means no Nürburgring Nordschleife!
Road America is a leafy, high-speed road track near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and has been part of the SRO Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS series since its inception in 2020.
Road America has also featured heavily on the calendars of most of America’s top single-seater, stock car and sportscar racing series, including IndyCar, Champ Car, the American Le Mans Series, NASCAR and Can-Am.
Throughout history, Road America’s layout has remained largely unchanged, with few run-off areas and notable turns like the perpetual right-handed Carousel that offers drivers a tough challenge through the generations.
Officially licensed versions of Road America can be found in RaceRoom Racing Experience, iRacing and Forza Motorsport 7, but they’re all a bit long in the tooth these days, so an incarnation of the Asetto Corsa Competizione is sure to look great thanks to Unreal Engine 4. technology.
The wide open corners and long straights would provide excellent overtaking opportunities for a huge pack of GT3 cars, so this is particularly high on our ACC track wish list.
The 4.048-mile lap record is still held by legendary Italian driver Alex Zanardi, who set a benchmark of 1 minute, 41.874 seconds in 1998 with a Reynard 98I IndyCar. With modern IndyCars slowing by about four seconds per lap even today, this record looks set to hold. Until we use the Bentley in ACC to break down the barriers that…
Circuit of Nevers Magny-Cours
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (often abbreviated to Magny-Cours) used to host the French Formula 1 Grand Prix from 1991 to 2008, but now supports the World Superbike Championship and the SRO-organized FFSA GT Championship and GTWC Europe series.
The GTWC Europe Sprint Cup raced here last month (May 2022), with the weekend dominated by the AKKODIS ASP Team AMG GT3 of Timur Boguslavskiy and Raffaele Marciello.
Adelaide’s hairpin provides a great overtaking opportunity for GT3 cars, while the Nürburgring chicane sees them in all their curb-hopping glory; made even more spectacular with the addition of darkness! (See above).
The track has not only appeared in much older sim racing titles such as GTR Evolution and Geoff Crammond’s Grand Prix series, but also has a presence in RaceRoom. Additionally, Magny-Cours was recently announced for iRacing, which should prove to be the most accurate representation of the French circuit in sim racing to date.
Could this new license be an indication that the track will be coming to ACC soon? With Magny-Cours and Valencia the only missing circuits in ACC of the GTWC Europe 2021-22 seasons, we certainly hope so.
Philip Island. Need I say more? I have to? Oh okay then.
The Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit is a fast and flowing ribbon of asphalt located on an island south of Melbourne off the south coast of Australia. Philip Island is accessible from the mainland via the aptly motorsport-themed San Remo Bridge.
The track has been used in the past by MotoGP, the World Superbike Championship and Australia’s premier domestic touring car series, V8 Supercars – now known simply as ‘Supercars’. Covid-19 outbreaks in Victoria have prevented the conduct of major motorsport events in recent times, with a full return to normalcy for 2023.
The circuit was the scene of the opening two rounds of the 2022 GTWC Australia Championship, with the GT3 cars stretching their legs on the wide open expanses of the coastal venue.
Also featured in MotoGP 22, iRacing and the lesser known GP Bikes, the track runs unusually counterclockwise – with more left turns than right. ACC currently only has two left-turning tracks: Laguna Seca and Kyalami.
The full lap record is held by a Brabham BT62 track car with a speed of 1m:24.060s, but rumor has it that the Nissan World Sportscar Championship team managed 1m:18s in an unofficial test session in 1990 with their downright insane 1,100 hp R90C.
Ozarks International Raceway
Ozarks International Raceway is a bit of a left-wing pick as it hasn’t really been featured in an SRO supported series as of yet. However, it was scheduled to host rounds three and four of the 2022 GTWC America series, later replaced by NOLA Motorsports Park.
The track opened this year – it’s so new it hasn’t had time to be used in a racing sim until now. The official reason for GTWC America’s cancellation was due to “infrastructure and supply chain challenges”.
Shame but understandable given the global Covid-19 related material shortages.
Ozarks has three layouts, with the 19-corner, 3,970-mile Main Course the proposed configuration for the GTWC America race. The circuit is notable for its enormous height differences. It’s a bit like Knockhill on steroids…
It’s still a bit of a search, but to see this circuit in Assetto Corsa Competizione would be absolutely amazing. The blind corners and peaks would be a huge challenge for drivers, although overtaking would be quite tricky as most of the corners have a single, narrow racing line. The barriers along the entire track can also easily accommodate the inattentive people.
As an added plus, Ozarks International Raceway has absolutely nothing to do with Marty and Wendy Byrde…
The Bend Motorsport Park
The Bend Motorsport Park, also known simply as ‘The Bend’, is located in the town of Tailem Bend, South Australia, 100 kilometers east of Adelaide.
Opened in 2018, the circuit features eight layouts, including the 4.8-mile GT Circuit – the second longest permanent circuit in the world after the Nordschleife. Oh dear!
The tack has hosted the SRO GTWC Australia series in 2021 and receives regular visits from the Supercars series and the Australian Superbike Championship. It also hosted the Asian Le Mans Series in 2021, so it is starting to build an international pedigree in endurance racing.
However, it has never been used in a racing sim before (excluding mods).
The Bend is an FIA Grade 2 track and so is eligible for all four wheel racing series except Formula 1. Safety is a prominent feature – The Bend has masses of run-off areas, but these are mostly grass rather than tarmac, so still penalize small driving errors.
The mix of high and low speed curves plus elevation changes make this a challenging track to drive. Although, due to the vastness of the site, watching can be a problem.
Interestingly, the GT3 and Supercars lap records of the three-mile International Circuit are nearly identical. Garth Tander’s 1m 49.031s set in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo in 2021 comes just past David Reynolds’ 2019 lap of 1m:49.404s in a Holden ZB Commodore.
Just kidding! You’ll have to wait for Assetto Corsa 2 for this I’m afraid!
Are there any SRO tracks you’d like to see in ACC? What do you think of our selection? Let us know in the comments below.