Sim Racing is a thrilling and immersive experience that allows you to fulfil your racing dreams from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re a motorsport enthusiast or simply looking for a way to enjoy competitive racing at a fraction of the cost, Sim Racing offers a realistic and dynamic environment that will keep you hooked. If you’re ready to embark on this exciting journey, here are some essential steps to help you get started.

Equipment and Setup:

To dive in Sim Racing, you’ll need a few key items. A racing wheel and pedals are crucial for a more authentic experience, while a sturdy desk or racing cockpit (Sim Rig) will provide a stable platform that will serve you as you grow as a driver. Although, many start on something as simple as a console’s controller.

Additionally, consider investing in a gaming computer or console that meets the recommended specifications for the Sim Racing software you’ll be using.  These will be your major costs. Tyres, fuel, and any repairs are free within the gaming software.

There are several places where these items can be purchased in South Africa.

Sim Racing Software:

There is a wide range of Sim Racing software available, each with its unique features and realistic driving physics. Popular titles include iRacing, Assetto Corsa, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Dirt Rally/WRC on the PC. The above-mentioned ACC and the Gran Turismo series that feature prominently in the Console space. Research different options and choose the one that suits your preferences and budget.

Online Communities:

Joining Sim Racing communities is an excellent way to connect with fellow enthusiasts, gain valuable insights, and participate in organized races. Platforms like Discord host numerous communities where one can discuss strategies, share setups, and arrange multiplayer races. Here is where you’ll find the best answers to the “research” mentioned above. The only bad question is the one you don’t ask.

Training and Practice:

Sim Racing requires skill and practice to improve your lap times and race craft. Starting with single-player modes to familiarize yourself with the tracks and fine-tune your driving techniques is usually a good idea. Gradually increase the difficulty and challenge yourself against AI opponents before venturing into multiplayer races. There are also a number of communities that offer very relaxed learning environments in the multiplayer space where skills can be further honed, until a driver is ready for more competitive racing. Most prominent of these would be Monday Night Racing, the starting block for many drivers.

Racing Etiquette:

When racing online, it’s crucial to adhere to proper racing etiquette. Respect other drivers, avoid aggressive manoeuvres, and maintain good sportsmanship. Treat each race as an opportunity to learn and improve. Sim Racing is about enjoying the experience, regardless of the results. Remember the drivers you encounter on track are there to have fun, you don’t want to be the one to ruin that.


As you embark on your sim racing journey, be prepared for an immersive and addictive adventure. With the right equipment, Sim Racing software, community engagement, and dedicated practice, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a formidable virtual racer. So, buckle up, put your skills to the test, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of sim racing!

“The cars aren’t real, but the racing is.”

Jimmy Broadbent