The logo for the iRacing ROAR 2024
Image credit: iRacing.com

iRacing ROAR Special Event Preview

iRacing

It is that time of the year, the Daytona 24 hours hype is high amongst motorsport fans. So to prepare those for an assault on the 24 hours in iRacing, the 2024 iRacing ROAR Special Event acts as preparation from January 12 to 14.

With the iRacing Special Event of the 24 hours being held next weekend, the iRacing ROAR will be great practice for those intending to do the 24 hours. So in order to prepare, here is all you need to know before tackling the 2 hours and 24 minutes of the 2024 iRacing ROAR.

iRacing ROAR Classes

Making its Special Event debut in the 2024 ROAR is the LMP3 class, consisting of the solitary car in the form of the Ligier JS P320 that debuted in 2023’s Season 3 build. It effectively replaces the Toyota GR86 which ran in last year’s event, although it is a vastly different car, of course.

There are many who are disgruntled at the prospect of not having a base content car as part of the event, even the MX-5 Cup car ran in the 2022 edition. Nevertheless, the LMP3 class has never featured in a Special Event and many who plan to race GTP or LMP2 in next weekend’s 24 hours may benefit from racing the ROAR with the Ligier.

Whilst the single-make class has changed around over the years, the other classes with multiple cars remain. Both the GT4 and Touring Car classes will be represented again in the upcoming 24 hours of Nürburgring Special Event later this year alongside GT3 and Porsche Cup.

If a prototype run in the ROAR does not appeal, there are plenty of choices in GT4 and Touring Car.

iRacing ROAR 2024 Cars & Balance of Performance

LMP3

  • Ligier JS P320

GT4

  • Aston Martin Vantage GT4 (-1% Fuel Capacity)
  • BMW M4 GT4 (-1% Fuel Capacity)
  • McLaren 570S GT4
  • Mercedes-AMG GT4 (-0.5% Power, -2% Fuel Capacity)
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR (-2% Fuel Capacity)

Touring Car

  • Audi RS 3 LMS (-0.5% Power)
  • Honda Civic Type R (-1% Fuel Capacity)
  • Hyundai Elantra N TC
  • Hyundai Veloster N TC

Session Settings

  • Warmup: 30 minutes
  • Qualifying: 8 minutes/2 laps
  • Race: 2.4 hours (144 minutes)
  • Weather: Dynamic
  • Sky: Dynamic
  • Qualifying: Attached
  • Splits by: iRating
  • Team Event: No
  • Drive Through Limit: 20 incidents & every 10 incidents after
  • DQ Limit: None
  • Field Size: 50

iRacing ROAR 2024 Timeslots

  • Friday, Jan 12, 22:00 UTC
  • Saturday, Jan 13, 07:00 UTC
  • Saturday, Jan 13, 12:00 UTC
  • Saturday, Jan 13, 16:00 UTC
  • Sunday, Jan 14, 00:00 UTC

With all these timeslots and the race only being 2.4 hours, it is entirely possible that drivers could race all classes if they were that dedicated. Infact, a few people have already said they plan to do just that!

If you want a chance to make it into the main broadcasted race, you will want to commit to the Saturday 12:00 UTC timeslot. If you are in top split, you will be on RaceSpot TV’s live stream.

Happy ROARing!

The track is notoriously low downforce, so if you can get away with running as slippery a setup as possible, go for it. Keep in mind that when you are on the banking, the slower class runs it low on the corner. As always in multiclass racing, traffic management is key.

Are you taking part in this weekend’s iRacing ROAR? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!

Biggest esports racing fan in the world.