If I might hazard a suggestion here. rF1 is $6.24 on steam regular price, and honestly, most modern smart phones could probably run it just fine. The server setup is simple, and if you’re not doing driver swaps, pretty solid. There is a TON of excellent content from wild to mild. Even the base cars (rTrainers) are a great spec class to race. For less than a drink at Starbucks, and less hard drive space than a DCS manual we can be up and racing. Now it certainly does not have VR integration, and depending on the tracks and cars the graphics can be a little rough. The physics are decent, and honestly if you’re not on a FFB wheel, there’s not much to complain about in that department.
I’d recommend something quick and easy, like pickup races one night a week. Have the server up from say 7pm-10pm, 20 minute races, with 10 minute combined practice/quals. 50% (or less) damage, and pick cars and tracks that aren’t super technical. So for a 30 minute time investment people can actually run a real race. Show up at the exact wrong moment, and at most you’ve got to invest an hour to get a race in. This would allow for a quick cheap way to gauge participation, before we jump to something pricey’er.