Philipp Eng

Eng: “The quality of the sim drivers and teams is incredible”.

The two-hour ‘BMW 120 at Le Mans’ on iRacing enjoyed an exciting premiere when over 140 teams, and just short of 300 sim racers, from all over the world were in action at the wheel of virtual BMW M8 GTE. BMW works drivers Philipp Eng and Nick Catsburg, who will compete for BMW Team MTEK in the real La Sarthe classic, also fought hard to achieve a top result under the name BMW Team CATENG. In this interview, Eng chats about his experiences and the quality of the sim drivers and teams. The current DTM drivers' championship leader also takes a look at the upcoming race in Misano.

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BMW 120 at Le Mans, BMW M8 GTE

Philipp, how did the ‘BMW 120 at Le Mans’ go for BMW Team CATENG?

Philipp Eng: “The race was extremely cool for Nicky and me. I would definitely like to take part again next time. The quality of the drivers and teams on iRacing is incredible. In my opinion, we pretty much need a support engineer from BMW next time who can calculate the fuel strategy for us. For a long time, we were uncertain whether we should change tyres or not – in the end, we opted for a double stint. It is great fun and I was just as tense as I am in real races.”

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BMW 120 at Le Mans, BMW M8 GTE

You are leading the Drivers’ Championship in the DTM. How does that feel?

Eng: “It is obviously a great feeling to be top of the pile in the DTM at the moment. It is a nice position to be in. However, it does not change anything for Misano. I don’t look at the championship standings. I calculate how many points I have after every qualifying and every race.”

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What will be important next time out at Misano?

Eng: “We will have to do as good a job as at Zolder, take advantage of situations, and have the same kind of pace we had last race weekend. I am sure we will manage that, as we currently have a very good package of cars, engineers and drivers. That is shown by the fact that all four pole positions so far have gone the way of BMW. Long may that continue.”

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