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BMW SIM NEWS - FEBRUARY 2021.

In our monthly BMW SIM News, we concisely report news regarding virtual racing. This edition includes the Formula E: Accelerate, SimGrid Endurance Cup and DNLS.

Formula E: Accelerate

Formula E Accelerate.

Formula E Accelerate.

The second and third events in the virtual ABB FIA Formula E World Championship racing season took place in February. At ‘Formula E: Accelerate’, BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team Redline with Kevin Siggy and BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team GB with Petar Brljak competed against the best sim racers in the world in the BMW iFE.21 on the rFactor 2 platform. Both teams and the drivers can look back on a very successful month. On the Hong Kong circuit, Siggy repeated his third-place finish from the season-opener and then followed that up with his first win on the Berlin racetrack. Starting from pole position, he gave a commanding performance to cross the line in first place. Brljak finished third in Berlin to secure his first podium of the season. He had claimed seventh place in Hong Kong. These great results see BMW i Andretti Motorsport top the team standings, with 80 points after three out of six events. Siggy is second in the drivers’ championship with 59 points, behind Erhan Jajovski. The two remaining races and the Grand Final, where drivers can earn double points, take place in March.

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SimGrid Endurance Cup.

SimGrid Endurance Cup.

The BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team G2 Esports claimed the first podium finish of the year in the 4h Paul Ricard, the penultimate race of the season in the SimGrid Endurance Cup on the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform. Nils Naujoks and Arthur Kammerer employed smart tactics and gave a consistent performance as they finished third in the virtual BMW M6 GT3. The duo started from seventh place but timed the tyre change perfectly as the rain came in, a decision that allowed them to move up significantly. After 121 laps, Naujoks and Kammerer finished about 20 seconds behind the winner.

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BMW M4 GT3

DNLS.

Team BMW Bank and BMW Team GB were representing BMW Motorsport SIM Racing in the virtual BMW M4 GT3 in the fourth and penultimate race of the season in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series DNLS. It proved to be an unfortunate race for both teams as they finished in fifth and twelfth places. Nonetheless, BMW still had reason to celebrate. Laurin Heinrich and Rainer Talvar gave a commanding performance at the wheel of the #89 BMW M4 GT3 competing for BS+COMPETITION, winning the race and already securing the title in the GT3 class.

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iRACING 12H BATHURST.

At the second iRacing Special of the season, the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing teams BS+COMPETITION, GB and Redline were competing with the BMW M4 GT3 on the virtual Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst. However, racing luck deserted them on this occasion and they were unable to build on the great result from the iRacing 24h Daytona in January, where Team BMW Bank celebrated the GT3 class win. BMW Team Redline, with drivers Maximilian Benecke, Patrik Holzmann and Jonas Wallmeier overcame serious damage to the car to finish eighth as the best-placed BMW crew. BMW Team BS+COMPETITION and Team BMW Bank endured difficulties during the twelve-hour race, crossing the line in 15th and 20th positions. BMW Team GB retired early. The best-placed BMW M4 GT3 was in third place, racing for the Logitech G Altus Esports team.

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SimGrid Endurance Cup.

SIMGRID ENDURANCE CUP.

Das BMW Team G2 Esports machte bereits am 9. Januar im SimGrid Endurance Cup auf der Plattform Assetto Corsa Competizione den Anfang. Nils Naujoks und Arthur Kammerer zeigten im BMW M6 GT3 bei den 4h Zolder eine gute Pace, verloren jedoch wegen eines technischen Problems innerhalb der Simulation an der Box viel Zeit und verpassten die Top-Ten. Das nächste Rennen steht am 6. Februar mit den 4h Paul Ricard auf dem Programm.

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