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Oran Park Raceway and Circuit Zolder Join iRacing

Two celebrated race tracks half a world apart are set to become a part of iRacing.com in 2010.  Circuit Zolder, a home of the Belgian Grand Prix during the 1970s and ’80s, will join Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Zandvoort among iRacing’s first European circuits, while Oran Park Raceway will pair with Phillip Island as the first two Australian facilities on the service.

Oran Park's distinctive figure 8 layout is one of three configurations that will be available on iRacing.com in 2010.

Oran Park's distinctive figure 8 layout is one of three configurations that will be available on iRacing.com.

The addition of Oran Park’s distinctive figure-eight layout to the iRacing service is especially noteworthy given that the suburban Sydney facility is slated for demolition in early 2010 to make way for a housing development.

“Oran Park Raceway has played an important role in the history of Australian motorsport,” noted Divina Galica, director of partner relations for iRacing.com.  “Too many great race tracks have been lost forever; I’m pleased that we’re able to preserve this digital version of Oran Park and make it available to racers all over the world.”

Zolder is an integral part of iRacing’s plans to incorporate the top European circuits into the service in the coming years.  But for now, the combination of Zolder and Zandvoort at least gives iRacing.com a monopoly on major European circuits beginning with letter Z.

The former home of the Belgian Grand Prix is slated to join iRacing.com in 2010.

The former home of the Belgian Grand Prix will join iRacing.com in 2010.

“Zolder is our second track on the continent of Europe, after Zandvoort,” Galica continued.  “In the fullness of time we’ll have quite a few more, but it’s exciting to have two such challenging driver’s circuits to begin with.”

Oran Park and Circuit Zolder are expected to be added to iRacing.com’s inventory in the latter half of 2010.

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