UPDATE: iRacing have confirmed that they are going to attempt a 5 pm UTC restart (4-hour delay) and offer all affected drivers $5 in credit.
Once again, iRacing has been having registration problems with a special event. After frustrated racers being initially stuck in limbo over not being able to join a session, iRacing has finally spoken about the issues to explain more.
For the uninitiated, the iRacing service allows you to register for a slot before comparing safety ratings and ranking points of its competitors in order to place you and your team in a split against drivers of similar talents. This is where the problem appears to have been today.
The decision to postpone the start is in contrast with last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where a number of teams expected to be in the top-split competition couldn’t register in time and iRacing merely scheduled a second start time. This left the top drivers and teams split over different races, arguably taking the legitimacy away from the final results.
A huge amount of preparation goes into a 24-hour race on iRacing, with many competitors complaining that they had spent a lot of time practising and some booking time away from work. It remains to be seen whether they’ll actually be able to compete in the event as planned.
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