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iRacing teases new Track with F1 History

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The iRacing serves offers a roster of circuits that is second to none when it comes to variety. Another track that used to be a mainstay on the Grand Prix calendar is set to join this list soon, as iRacing teased on Twitter – sim racers can look forward to the Circuito de Jerez.

A not-so-subtle teaser including a graphic of the circuit being in development was shared by the official iRacing Twitter account, showing the track’s final turn named after MotoGP racer Jorge Lorenzo as well as the control tower of the site, which still features an enormous bottle of a sherry brand that used to sponsor the Formula 1 events there.

While the track is only used for testing purposes in F1 today, it was the home of the Spanish Grand Prix from 1986 to 1990, as well as the European Grand Prix in 1994 and 1997 – the latter being that year’s season finale, which saw Michael Schumacher famously crashing into Jacques Villeneuve and subsequently retiring, handing the Canadian his only F1 World Championship title.

Jerez has played host to various other series since it opened in 1985, the World Sportscar Championship being the most notable car-based competition other than F1 from 1986 to 1988. The track has become a Mecca for motorcycle racing, with MotoGP staging its Spanish Grand Prix at the track continuously since 1989 after first racing there in 1987.

A release date has not been hinted at by iRacing yet, but the track in the screenshot looks fairly advanced – so the wait might not be too long after all.