On Saturday, the opening evening of BMW SIM Live was all about the finals of the BMW SIM Time Attack on Assetto Corsa Competizione and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup on rFactor 2. Both races were showdowns between the twelve drivers who had qualified for the final over the course of the season. On Sunday evening, the sim racing elite crowned its champion in the BMW SIM GT Cup on the iRacing platform. 23 drivers battled it out for victory in two races – first in the virtual BMW M8 GTE and then the BMW M4 GT3. The trophies for all three BMW SIM Cup champions were designed by BMW Group Designworks and made from sustainable materials, in line with the ‘circular design’ approach. At the BMW Group, this is based on the four principles: RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.
BMW SIM Time Attack.
Nils Naujoks was the winner after 20 minutes of racing in the BMW M4 GT4 on the digital Silverstone circuit, being awarded prize money of 8,000 euros. Second place and 4,000 euros went to Daniel Savini, with third place and 2,000 Euros to Tobias Pfeffer.
Nils Naujoks said: “This was the reward for all the hard work in the week preparing for this race. I really feel at home at Assetto Corsa Competizione. It was a bit hectic for me in qualifying and also before the start but the race itself went very well.”
BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup.
Thirteen rivals competed against each other in the BMW M2 CS Racing on the virtual Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Erhan Jajovski was the winner after a dramatic battle that lasted to the final corner. With this victory, he successfully defended last year’s title and secured prize money of 6,000 euros. Marcell Csincszik had to admit defeat by only a narrow margin, but by finishing second was rewarded with prize money of 3,000 euros. Third place and 1,500 Euros went to Jiri Toman.
Erhan Jajovski said: “It has always been very close between Marcell and me this season and that was also the case in this final race. I was surprised that he did not attack me earlier in the race as we always were very close behind each other. In the end I was lucky, I think. I very well defended the inside line in the final corner and am very happy about my victory.”
BMW SIM GT Cup.
Coming from P5 on the grid after the first race of the evening with the BMW M8 GTE on the Sebring International Raceway, which determined the starting positions for the Main Race at the virtual Red Bull Ring, defending champion Joshua Rogers stormed through the high-class field with his BMW M4 GT3 and took the win as well as 25,000 US Dollars of prize money. P2 went to his Coanda Simsport teammate Charlie Collins, who will receive a 15,000-US dollar cheque for his success. Team Redline driver Diogo Pinto finished third to gain 7,500 US Dollars.
Joshua Rogers said: “I was very nervous before the race, especially because our starting position wasn’t ideal. For me coming in for my pitstop early made sense in order to stay out of trouble and get some clean air afterwards. This undercut worked in the end. I pushed really hard until I could see that my strategy would play out, as soon as the others came in for their pitstops. Then a gained a lot more confidence.”