BMW SIM GT Cup

BMW SIM NEWS - MARCH 2021.

In our monthly BMW SIM News, we concisely report news regarding virtual racing. This edition includes the BMW SIM GT Cup, BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup and Formula E: Accelerate.

BMW SIM GT Cup

BMW SIM GT Cup.

In races two and three of this season’s BMW SIM GT Cup, a further two crews qualified for the 2021 finale. Enzo Bonito and Maximilian Benecke of Team Redline won the race at the Suzuka circuit in a BMW M8 GTE. In doing so, they followed in the footsteps of their team-mates Jonas Wallmeier and Gianni Vecchio, who had won the season-opener. Victory in the second BMW SIM GT Cup competition of the month, at Silverstone, went to Joshua Rogers and Mitchell deJong of the Coanda Simsport team. As such, defending champion Rogers has once again qualified for the final. One regular race remains, at Road Atlanta in May, before more places are up for grabs in the final race of Season 1 in the BMW M8 GTE at the Nürburgring.

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BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.

While the BMW SIM GT Cup is held on the iRacing simulation platform, the sim racers in the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup do their racing on the rFactor 2 platform. The second season of the Cup competition is taking place within the framework of the rFactor 2 GT Pro Series powered by VCO. At both the Imola season-opener and race two at Spa-Francorchamps, Marcell Csincsik from the Varga Simracing Team was unbeatable in the virtual BMW M2 CS Racing. In doing so, he secured his ticket for the final. His team-mate Michal Smidl also booked his place at the season finale, courtesy of his second place in race two. As Csincsik had already guaranteed his place, the ticket went to Smidl.

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BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.
Formula E: Accelerate
Jake Dennis

FORMULA E: ACCELERATE.

Third place in the Driver and Team competitions were the results with which the virtual season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship ‘FE: Accelerate’ drew to a close for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in March. In the final two races of the season, Kevin Siggy from BMW Team Redline was unable to back up his impressive performances in the previous rounds. As a result, he finished third in the Drivers’ Championship with 75 points. Together with Petar Brljak of BMW Team GB, he scored 134 points for BMW i Andretti Motorsport, which put them third in the Team standings. Dennis shone with a win, while Günther finished sixth in his race. “I was delighted with my victory in ‘FE: Accelerate’. The points were very important for the Team competition,” said Dennis. “I was surprised how well it went, as I had never driven a virtual Formula E car in a simulator like that. It was fun – I’d happily do it again!”

Siggy said: “The last two races were very disappointing, because I did not perform to my own expectations, particularly in qualifying. In the race, I was always able to stay with the fastest cars, but when you start from too far back on the grid, you hardly have any chance. When it comes down to it, my season started very well, but then went downhill. Despite that, ‘FE: Accelerate’ is a very well-organised championship and the racing in the virtual Formula E cars was great fun. I will definitely be back if there is another season.”

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iRacing 12h Sebring.

Class victory for BMW Team Redline in the iRacing Special at ‘Sebring International Raceway’ after twelve hours, 367 laps and a thrilling battle with the BS+TURNER Team, Maximilian Benecke, Enzo Bonito and Jonas Wallmeier who crossed the finish line first in the GTE class in their BMW M8 GTE. The Special events are among the highlights on the iRacing calendar. More than 2,000 teams were involved, across three classes, in the Sebring race. Depending on their iRatings, they were divided into many different splits. 53 cars lined up in the “Top Split”. As well as the GTE class, Team Redline also won the overall competition, but in an LMP2 prototype from the most powerful class. In the GT3 category, victory went to the virtual BMW M4 GT3. Mikkel Gade and Felix Quirmbach triumphed for the BS+COMPETITION team. BMW Team BS+COMPETITION and Team BMW Bank both failed to finish after crashing. BMW Team GB finished ninth in the GTE class.

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BMW M8 GTE
BMW M4 GT4

BMW TEAM G2 ESPORTS.

BMW Team G2 Esports tasted success in several racing series in March. Nils Naujoks and Arthur Kammerer finished second in the BMW M6 GT3 at the final round of this season’s SimGrid Endurance Cup, the 8h Silverstone. A few days later, the same duo took victory in the opening race of the SimGrid Sprint Cup at the Snetterton circuit. BMW Team G2 Esports competes in the British GT Esports Championship – not in the BMW M6 GT3, but the BMW M4 GT4. Naujoks finished third in the two races so far and is currently tied in first place in the GT4 Drivers’ Championship.

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IMSA IRACING PRO SERIES.

The IMSA iRacing Pro Series enters its second season in April and May. Last year, during the first phase of the pandemic, IMSA introduced real drivers to the virtual series and organised a full season on the iRacing simulation platform. Back then, the title went two BMW works driver Bruno Spengler. Spengler is now back to defend his title. However, he is by no means the only BMW works driver who will take the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE in the three scheduled races at the circuits in Sebring (8th April), Laguna Seca (22nd April) and Road Atlanta (6th May). He wil be joined by Augusto Farfus, Philipp Eng, Connor De Phillippi, John Edwards and Turner Motorsport driver Robby Foley (USA). They will be supported in their preparations and during the races by sim racers from BMW Team BS+COMPETITION.

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IMSA iRacing Pro Series, BMW M8 GTE