How long do Sim Races last?

How long do Sim Races last?

April 8th, 2022

My guess is that two types of people came to this post:

  1. People who don’t have much time for playing, and sometimes they just want to jump into the game for a few minutes.
  2. The exact opposite, i.e. people who love long-distance racing and wonder if they can try, for example, a 24-hour race in a Sim Racing game.
TLDR: both groups should be satisfied. You can play endurance races almost every day, or enjoy short sessions that will take you several minutes. It’s your choice.

How long are the Sim Races?

There’s no such statistic because it may vary depending on the game, league, car category, and many other factors. From my experience, however, races usually last for about 30 minutes.

In most sim racing games, the most popular race lengths are:

  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • 1,5 hour
  • 2 hours

There are of course many more of them, and we can define them ourselves very often. The ones I mentioned are quite common and in most popular sim racing games it is easy to find multiplayer races of such lengths.

How long are the races in iRacing?

iRacing is one of the most popular Sim Racing games. It is famous, among other things, for its realism and the fact that most people take it really seriously.

For this reason, races are generally relatively long and someone who has 10 minutes to play may not be too satisfied.

The shortest races in iRacing last approximately 20 minutes. The choice, however, is quite large, and there are a lot of those lasting around 30 or 45 minutes. If you have at least about an hour to play, you should easily find a race for yourself.

iRacing is known for great endurance racing. You can find plenty of opportunities for such a game and frequent, prestigious tournaments. If you are interested in long-distance races, in this game you can even complete the 24-hour races.

Are there endurance races in Sim Racing?

Yes! If you love endurance racing, you should be happy, because it’s quite popular here. We have many tournaments and mods in different games that allow you to try your skills on sim-versions of 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Bathurst, and many more.

Many Sim Racing games offer popular GT and LMP Cars known from real endurance racing, so it’s a really fun, and immersive experience.

The best sim racing games for Endurance Racing in my opinion are iRacing, rFactor 2, and Automobilista 2.

How much time do you need for Sim Racing?

Personally, until now in my life, I have never had too much time for Sim Racing. Honestly, I don’t remember ever playing more than 3 hours in a row. I usually play short sessions of around 30 minutes.

Does it make any sense?

If you love racing, sure. However, I’m not going to lie. In Sim Racing you usually have to dig a little bit in the settings, and wait for the race, so it’s not the best type of game if you always have little time. It may be frustrating that you’ve just joined, made two laps or zero laps, and you have to turn off the game.

If you have very little time for Sim Racing, I can recommend three things to you:

  • Playing single-player modes – that’s you who defines how long the race should be. Have time only for two laps? Race for two laps. Want to skip qualifying? It’s just one click. I have to admit I don’t like single-player games, but in sim racing, it’s still fun, especially with great AI like the ones from rFactor 2, Automobilista, or Assetto Corsa Competizione.
  • Hot lapping – If I know I want some “adrenaline” but I’m low on time, I usually do some hot lapping. It’s very cool, and it helps you to make progress. I’d definitely recommend it for every session you have not enough time to race.
  • Playing on public servers in games such as Assetto Corsa – these are types of servers you don’t need to wait to join as long as there is an empty slot. These servers are usually not as immersive as those from leagues or racing systems like the one from iRacing because people like to do some mess and many of them are very bad, but if you want to play just for fun, it’s also an option. Honestly, I like it to this day. I think that thanks to playing on such servers, I have quite a good ability to avoid accidents today because they happen almost every time there.

Being low on time is not a problem, especially if you have a dedicated rig, so you don’t have to connect the steering wheel every time. As you can see, there are some ways to enjoy sim racing even without having much time, so if you really like racing, give it a try!