Launceston-based HITLab student Shannon Woolley has scored a prestigious international award for his 3D simulation of the historic Longford motor racing circuit.
Mr Woolley worked on the project in his spare time, recreating every detail of the Tasmanian track which was a racing hotspot during the 1950s and 1960s.
In its heyday motor racing at Longford was enormously popular, with greats like Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, John Surtees and Bruce McLaren all competing there.
Mr Woolley built the track on top of the existing game rFactor, and the community behind the game have officially recognised his efforts.
This week Mr Woolley received a 4th place award in the rFactor Central fifth annual Modder of the Year Competition.
Mr Woolley said it had been an unexpected surprise to win the award, adding that competition from other modders around the world had been fierce.
“The nominations came up in December and when I saw it was nominated, I thought it was cool,” he said.
“It was exciting -- the trophy was delivered to Hobart so I drove down especially to get it.”
The track was recently shown off to the public at the Longford Revival Festival, after Mr Woolley was invited to exhibit it there by event organiser Octagon.
Since the track was released online, it has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
Photo: Shannon Woolley with his rFactor Central Modder of the Year 2010 trophy.