One Year Since Racing In The GT3 Challenge

(This article should have been published on the 17th March, 2022 - at the very start of Season 2, 2022 - I'm not sure what happened)

---- "What's your favourite car on the service?"

It's a question I never get - because nobody cares, yet on the 1 Year anniversary of me racing in the GT3 Challenge (in a Lamborghini), I'd like to wind back the clocks and look at the birth of both mine - and many's favourite GT3 car on the service: The Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

Before You ask, the words "Lambo" and "Lamborghini" have been mentioned a total of 33 times in this article, "GT3" 31 times

The Lead Up To The Lambo

After releasing GT3 Content in 2016 and 2017 (the Mercedes AMG GT GT3 and Ferrari 488 GT3 respectfully) iRacing saw a two-year hiatus in GT3 content...until a mysterious picture began circulating on Twitter on the 25th November, 2020.

Steve Myers, Twitter, 25th November 2020

There was great chatter about what the picture could be - fans and members of iRacing first guessing the track, before discussing what the mysterious machine in the picture could be - the "Lamborghini" name almost instantly being guessed from the indistinguishable vents on the rear.

Less than two weeks later, the same developer published another picture of this "mysterious car" - this time, the community and fans were thrown - opinion splitting between whether it was an Audi R8 GT3 update/facelift to be released, or the before-mentioned Lamborghini.

At the very end of the season, on Sunday 6th of December, another picture from the very same iRacing developer once again went viral.

Discussion went on deep into the night

The End To A Difficult Year

After an incredibly difficult year due to a certain Pandemic and a previous lockdown in March, the British government announced a "Student Travel Window" for University students to come home between the 3rd December and the 9th December before a second lockdown would start.

As I had a MOT Due, lecture and lots of work, I decided to come home on the 8th - I felt the 9th would be a little bit risky with Police/rules etc.

Week 13 would conveniently start on the very day I came home.

An Ingenious Solution...

As Assetto Corsa Competizioni (ACC) already had the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, the only logical move was next to replicate both the images in ACC and see how similar they looked

ACC Pic: Antonio Guarda

ACC Pic: Antonio Guarda Before announcing the new content to the world, iRacing had just one more small teaser for us - a screaming V10 around Long beach, a video on Facebook being published on the 7th December, 2020 at 5pm.

The Final Reveal At 3:16pm on the following day (8th December), all questions were answered and a staff member announced all the change-notes - and the third item on the "release note list" was none other than the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

In official series, it was announced (that evening) that the Lamborghini would go to the IMSA and the VRS Endurance Series.

The First Race

After going down at 13:00 GMT (1pm) on the 9th December, iRacing eventually returned at 5pm with an unlimited amount of Week 13 series

The moment iRacing came back up, the Week 13 races began - all (or the majority) starting off with a 30 minute open-practice session, followed by a race.

One of these Week 13 races was the Tin Top Tussle - a 15 minute GT3 race - and as it was the only race (during Week 13) to include GT3 cars, the Lamborghini was slipped into the entry-list.

The first ever public race to include a Lamborghini was at 5:30pm (after half an hour of practice) - as the majority of members were downloading content (from the update), very few actually participated in this race - a single split of 14 cars (13 Lamborghini's and one Audi) competed.

Famous streamer Dan Suzuki won the race - claiming the exclusive title of "First Ever Win In A Lamborghini on iRacing"

Behind Dan, 4 others managed to finish the race - only 2 who competed were below 2K iRating (an Alien Meetup)

At 7:30pm (that night) the series peaked with 7 splits of 20+ drivers - only 3 hours after being up, over 156 owned (and had raced) in the Huracan - seeing 7 splits (or 7 splits with 22-23 drivers was a rarity thereafter.

Half an hour later, the first post on the new Lamborghini forum section appeared - a member asking where the paint file for the Lamborghini was (to make a custom paint with)

My Week 13

As a little kid (by heart) I wanted to celebrate the holidays slightly differently that year (2020) - so I tried to do a game review (or car game review) every day until Christmas Eve.

The 9th's day was Disassembly 3D - and after suffering technical problems, I wasn't much in a mood to race - so my debut day came on the 10th (which was also Long Beach)

At exactly 6:59pm on December 9th, 2020 - I bought the Lamborghini - only 12 minutes later - uploading (what would be the first picture on my team's discord) of the new Lambo.

Unbeknownst to me, many good times lay ahead

A couple of minutes later, I loaded into a session:

The Swish Of A Paint-Brush

As the car was brand new, very few had team liveries applied to their car.

In the beginning, I improvised - making a few tweaks before the official one was given to me by my painter DeNise Designs.

(I'd move onto the final livery (bottom right at the Bathurst 12hrs, 2021)

My First Race In A Lamborghini

As mentioned, I wasn't exactly free on the 9th, however - my first race came the following day on the 10th at 6:30pm.