I've been away from sim racing for several months now, due to moving and other things. I had "planned" that iRacing 2.0 would pull me back in this autumn. However, with the massive fail they've got going on right now, it turned out to be the new build of Netkar that brought me back to simming! Unexpected, but cool enough.
In terms of the "number of boxes ticked", iRacing is still ahead, though. I don't care what other people might be saying, I think the iRacing netcode is second to none. I much prefer their predictive code to cars jittering and bouncing around like we see in other sims. Also, I like the sound in general, and the crispness of the graphics. The transmission model is better than netkar (which pretty much doesn't have one...). Once they nail the tire model their service is pretty much complete; that's the time to start working on dynamic lighting and track surfaces, weather and other things.
So I chose to remain optimistic! But I won't resubscribe until the tire model is fixed.