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Source: BMW Group Munich. On Tuesday evening two popular sim racing series came to an end with title wins for BMW teams. In the DTM Esports Championship, the team around BMW DTM driver Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) triumphed at the Grand Finale. Williams Esports driver Moritz Löhner (GER) secured the driver’s title at the wheel of the virtual BMW M4 DTM. A few hours later, the BMW Bank team was the overall winner of the digital Nürburgring endurance series powered by VCO. BMW works driver Bruno Spengler (CAN) as well as Nils Koch and Kay Kaschube (both GER) from the BS + COMPETITION team achieved fourth place in the virtual BMW Z4 GT3 at the season finale to maintain first place in the overall standings. DTM Esports Championship: Teams of professional racing drivers and top sim racers have won the title of DTM Esports Champions on the Raceroom platform at four racing events over the past few weeks. For BMW Motorsport, the active DTM drivers Lucas Auer (AUT), Timo Glock (GER) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) were captains of their Esports teams in addition to their regular races in the DTM.

At the Grand Final on Tuesday evening, the “Team Sheldon van der Linde” ultimately triumphed. The main guarantee for success was Williams Esports driver Moritz Löhner, who won two of the last three races for which there were double points in the virtual BMW M4 DTM. But his team-mate Tim Jarschel (GER) also made it onto the podium twice and contributed important points. The fourth driver alongside van der Linde himself, who was regularly one of the best professional racing drivers in the field, was Leonard Krippner (GER).

The big winner of the evening, however, was Löhner, who thanks to his victories won both the team and the driver standings. The prize for this is a test drive in a DTM Trophy GT4 vehicle. The entire “Team Sheldon van der Linde” is invited to a workshop lasting several days at Formula Medicine and a test in the professional simulator.

Sheldon van der Linde (Team Sheldon van der Linde): “To be DTM Esports Champion is cool and feels great. When the teams for this championship were drawn, I would never have dreamed that I had pulled some of the best sim racers on the Raceroom platform. I am very happy for Moritz Löhner that he clinched the overall victory in the Sim Racers. I know a really cool prize is waiting for him. Have fun with it.”

Moritz Löhner (Team Sheldon van der Linde): “I’m really happy to have won the title. After the first race on the track in Portimão, I thought the battle for the title was over. But I didn’t give up and told myself that a lot can happen in the remaining two races. It was like that in the end. I was able to make up the gap with two wins and two pole positions. Now I’m really excited to see how my test in the GT4 car will go. I think the ‘Team Sheldon van der Linde’ was the best that was at the start. Working with Sheldon was great. We communicated a lot and helped each other. We got on really well, and the team title is the icing on the cake of my drivers’ title. “

Tim Jarschel (Team Sheldon van der Linde): “It was very cool that we were able to combine real and virtual racing as part of this racing series. Having won the team title on top of that rounds off the experience perfectly. The championship was very well built and the races were great fun. I would be happy if such championships took place more often. “

Leonard Krippner (Team Sheldon van der Linde): “I am very happy that I was allowed to be here. Even when the teams were drawn, I was very happy to drive together with Sheldon, Moritz and Tim. Moritz and Tim are two of the world’s best drivers on the Raceroom platform. As a newcomer to Raceroom, the racing series was a really cool experience for me. This also included being able to talk to a racing driver like Sheldon directly. I did my best to contribute my part to the team’s success, but in the end Moritz and Tim in particular rocked the matter. “

Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO The first season of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO, which was held on the sim racing platform iRacing, ended with the ninth race of the season. Fourth place in the BMW Z4 GT3 was enough for the BMW Bank team with drivers Bruno Spengler, Nils Koch and Kay Kaschube to secure overall victory. The trio had achieved three victories on the virtual Nürburgring-Nordschleife during the season. The BMW Junior Team with Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil Verhagen (USA) also competed regularly in the BMW Z4 GT3. In addition to the BMW Z4 GT3, the virtual BMW M4 GT4 in the SP10 class was also available over the course of the season.

Bruno Spengler (Team BMW Bank): “The final was once again really tough because our competition was really tough. Fortunately, my fast team-mates Kay and Nils gained a good lead so that I was able to bring the title to the finish. That was my goal after I suspended a few DNLS races due to my races in the IMSA series. I am very happy that the hard work of the entire team has paid off. That’s a cool title. “

Kay Kaschube (Team BMW Bank): “All in all, it was a great season that was a lot of fun. When I think back to the fact that at the beginning of the pandemic we sim racers suddenly had so many professional racing drivers around us and raced with them on the same track – that was fantastic. To have brought home this title together with Bruno and Nils is great. “

Nils Koch (Team BMW Bank): “You can’t get more than the title – a great season. I think we have shown over the entire season that we are at the forefront with our pace. We have won the most races and have been consistently performing over a long period since the start of the season in March. It was a lot of fun and winning the title is of course the culmination. Many thanks to my teammates, the entire team in the background and BMW Bank for their great support. “


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