You’re sat there watching your favourite sim racing content creators having a blast on track and think to yourself I want to have a go at that! But then you realise you have no clue where to start? Well no need to worry anymore we’re here to help!
First of all you need to make sure you have the correct equipment for the job, but again there are so many options for you to start with. The good news is you don't need to spend thousands of pounds get up and running, even the most modest setups can give you years of enjoyment. If you’re just starting to dip your toe in the sim racing community you don’t want to invest too much too quickly so a full set of a wheel and pedals is the best place to start. There are two main options to start with one being the Logitech G29/G920, the wheel can be found at Logitech G920 & G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel - UK. This is a wheel and pedal set with good feeling force feedback and a number of configurable buttons which will give you more than enough for each sim. Another brand to look into is Thrustmaster, they have a number of wheel and pedal sets available which are suitable for beginners. You can find Thrustmaster at www.thrustmaster.com. We will do a separate article on this soon (we promise)!
Next up is trying to choose a sim to start with, having a look around and searching some content on YouTube or Twitch is a good place to start to find a sim that suits your needs. There are many available and a fair few on offer on Simracing.GP. We are big fans of Assetto Corsa Competitzione (ACC), Assetto Corsa (AC), RaceRoom and Automobilista 2. Lucky for you these are all available on Simracing.GP! Again a full guide to these will be coming soon!
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The best starting place once you have chosen a sim to race on is to hop into offline free practice or races and start to get a feel of that particular sim as all of them feel slightly different and have a wide range of content. Once you start to get up to speed with that sim is to then look for some online open lobbies to race in, these will give you knowledge of how to race closely with other cars and start to read what other drivers' behaviours are like on track. But as always watch out for that Monza T1 carnage as no matter where you race it will happen…
When you finally feel comfortable racing others, now it’s time to find a league and community to sign up to for some great close competitive racing. Guess what?! You’re already in the best place to find that! Get a Simracing.GP account set up and start browsing through our amazing communities to find some amazing leagues and one off races.