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Source: BMW Group Munich. The grand finale of the DTM Esports Championship begins on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., in which professional sim racers and six professional racing drivers competed in teams at a total of four racing events. There as team captains: BMW DTM drivers Lucas Auer (AUT), Timo Glock (GER) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). While the “Team Sheldon van der Linde” is currently fighting for overall victory at the finals, as in every race, a guest starter in the BMW M4 DTM will be there again: hybrid racer Cem Bölükbasi (TUR). Influencer Jimmy Broadbent (GBR), BMW works driver Beitske Visser (NED) and tennis professional Florin Mergea (ROU) had already competed before him. Before the last event of the season, we will introduce the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing guest starters. The grand finale of the DTM Esports Championship live stream: www.twitch.tv/bmwmotorsport. Jimmy Broadbent: the influencer. Jimmy Broadbent is not only an enthusiastic sim racer himself, as a YouTuber he also inspires a community of more than 500,000 fans with his races as well as his reports on sim racing and esports. He is a constant in the scene and a welcome guest in all of the virtual racing series that exist. Broadbent also often worked with BMW Motorsport SIM Racing even before he entered the DTM Esports Championship.
His conclusion on the guest start in the DTM Esports Championship: “The sim racers who take part in the DTM Esports Championship are something like aliens for me. It’s amazing how fast they are and what they can do. I think I’m pretty good at the simulator, but these guys are in a completely different league. My community thought it was great to see how I compare to the sim racers and the real DTM drivers. And she was just as impressed with the extremely high level of championship as I was.
Beitske Visser: the racer.Beitske Visser has been proving for many years on the real racetrack that as a woman she can race and win at the highest level. It was not for nothing that she successfully completed the BMW Motorsport Junior Program and made the leap to becoming a BMW works driver. In the debut season of the W Series 2019, in which some of the best racing drivers in the world compete against each other in the DTM supporting program, she was runner-up.
In 2020 she took the title in a thoughtful manner – but not in the real, but the virtual W Series, which was held due to the pandemic. Not only there, but also in numerous other racing series, she has proven that she is one of the best professional racing drivers in sim racing. “I’ve always used a simulator to prepare for my real races,” says Visser. “But in the wake of the pandemic, I also got one for my home and started racing online. I also enjoy that a lot and it helps me sharpen my senses. “
Her conclusion on the guest start in the DTM Esports Championship: “I really enjoyed my start in the DTM Esports Championship on the circuit in Zolder. The BMW M4 DTM is cool to drive. The level among the professional sim racers was extremely high, but I had a lot of fun. “
Florin Mergea: the tennis professional Florin Mergea is not only an ambassador for BMW Romania and one of the world’s best doubles players in tennis, he is also an enthusiastic and ambitious sim racer. As a tennis professional, Mergea reached two Grand Slam semi-finals in doubles and won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. Now he is preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo (JPN) in 2021.
In the current pandemic, he has taken his passion for sim racing to a new level. “Only last year did I invest more time in sim racing due to the pandemic. Before that it was just a pastime between tennis tournaments, ”says Mergea, who this year competed in the Racing League Romania Season 5 powered by BMW. He has had his own simulator at home since 2014, which he is gradually optimizing. Because for him, sim racing has become more than just a hobby. “The mental aspect of sim racing also helps me for professional tennis because I learn to concentrate fully over a longer period of time without the breaks that I always have in tennis. This is a strain that I normally don’t train so intensively, ”explains Mergea. And he already has a vision for the future after tennis: “Once I’ve finished my tennis career, I can well imagine getting into professional sim racing.”
His conclusion on the guest start in the DTM Esports Championship: “I’ve been an ambassador for BMW Romania since 2015 and have always been a fan of the brand. The joy of being able to try out the BMW M4 DTM as part of the DTM Esports Championship was correspondingly great. It was great fun. It was a fantastic experience for me to be able to compete in the same race with professional racing drivers and sim racers. “
Cem Bölükbasi: the hybrid racer Cem Bölükbasi is at home in two worlds at the same time – in real and in virtual racing. In contrast to Beitske Visser, who operates sim racing as an addition to real racing, at Bölükbasi both areas are equal. “I started with real racing until at some point I couldn’t get the budget together to continue,” says Bölükbasi. “That was when I got into sim racing. That was in 2015. My first professional sim racing career started with F1 Esports. At the time, I was the first to sign a contract with a professional esports team. ”In 2018 he made it to number two in the world rankings of F1 Esports and built himself a huge fan through his success and his activities on various social media channels -Community on. His profiles on YouTube and Instagram have well over 100,000 subscribers.
But despite his success as a sim racer, he has been back in real racing regularly since 2019. “The Borusan Otomotiv team gave me the opportunity to return to real racing and compete in the GT4 European Series with the BMW M4 GT4,” says Bölükbasi. “They trusted me and said, ‘Wow, that guy’s good at the simulator. Let’s see what it can do in the real racing car. ‘I can only thank you for that.”
Just last weekend he celebrated a class win in the BMW M4 GT4 at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). Now he will be the fourth guest starter of the DTM Esports Champonship on Tuesday evening in the virtual BMW M4 DTM.
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