The release of Spanish tracks continues as after the Circuito de Jerez arrived in March 2023, it’s now been revealed that Motorland Aragon is coming soon to iRacing. Given the official confirmation, it suggests the new venue will be released with iRacing 2023 Season 3 in June.
Like Jerez, it’s a venue that will probably be more familiar to fans of motorcycle racing. Since the track opened in 2009, it’s hosted both MotoGP and World Superbikes, along with WTCR, the European Le Mans Series and more. In 2023 it’s also on the inaugural calendar for the new Eurocup-3 series.
Designed by Hermann Tilke in conjunction with Foster and Partners, and with Pedro de la Rosa as a technical and sporting consultant, there are three main layouts. The 18-turn Grand Prix circuit has a length of 3.321 miles or 5.345km, with the slightly shorter Motorcycle Circuit dropping the turn 16 hairpin and using the long sweeping left-hander onto the main straight. Plus, there’s also the 13 turn 1.644 mile (2.646km) National Circuit.
Personally, I’m quite excited about Aragon being included in iRacing. Located in Alcaniz in Spain, it was apparently built as concerns grew about a street circuit in the city, which had run races from 1965 until 2003.
And along with some big elevation changes as you drive around the track, including the drop at turns 8 and 9 which provide a European equivalent to the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, it also boasts a long back straight of more than 1km.
Plus there’s the iconic wall backdrop to turns 12 and 13, which should make for some good photos if iRacing get it right. The circuit does appear in some other sim racing titles, including RaceRoom since 202 and the MotoGP series, but it’ll be interesting to see a new take on it.
So far we know that the Ligier JS P320 LMP3 is due for release in June, but you can keep up with all the latest iRacing news ahead of Season 3, here.
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