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Source: BMW Group Munich. The 2020 season was the first in which BMW Motorsport established sim racing as an independent and equal pillar in its racing program. The focus was on the BMW SIM 120 Cup and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup as their own digital BMW one-make cups with top-class members. But beyond that, BMW vehicles and BMW works drivers have also achieved numerous successes at renowned sim racing events. “Top teams, top drivers, full starting fields: The response to the two BMW SIM Cups, which we put together with iRacing and rFactor2 in our first year, was huge,” says Rudolf Dittrich, Head of BMW Motorsport SIM racing. “The best sim racers in the world competed in both one-make cups and offered fantastic racing action in the BMW M8 GTE and the BMW M2 CS Racing. How seriously they took the competitions can be seen from the impressive cast of the finals at BMW SIM Live. We are looking forward to spectacular final races together with the community. “
BMW SIM 120 Cup: In the BMW SIM 120 Cup on the iRacing simulation platform, over 2,000 drivers from all over the world competed in the six races of the year in Daytona, Sebring, the Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Road Atlanta and Interlagos Begin. Each win was rewarded with $ 2,400, while the runner-up team received $ 1,200. The pilots shared 600 US dollars for third place. More than $ 27,000 in total prizes are at stake in the finals.
The teams qualified for BMW SIM Live:
Maximilian Benecke / Maximilian Wenig – Team RedlineJosh Rogers / Mitchell deJong – Coanda SimsportLaurin Heinrich / Alexander Voss – BS + COMPETITIONAgustín Canapino / Sami-Matti Trogen – Williams EsportsTuomas Tähtelä / Valtteri Alander – KOVA EsportsSebastian Job / Graham Carroll – Red Bull Racing Esports
BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. As part of the second BMW one-make cup, the best Sim racers competed against each other on the rFactor 2 platform in the virtual BMW M2 CS Racing on the legendary Nürburgring. Most of the races took place on the Nordschleife, and under a wide variety of conditions. Regardless of whether it is sun, rain or darkness: Only the real connoisseurs of the “Green Hell” have prevailed here. The best of them will now contest the finals at BMW SIM Live and compete for a total of 3,500 euros in prize money.
The drivers qualified for the BMW SIM Live: Michal Smidl – Varga Sim RacingRisto Kappet – R8G EsportsNikodem Wisniewski – Williams EsportsErhan Jajovski – R8G EsportsZbigniew Siara – Buttler-Pal MotorsportPeyo Peev – HM EngineeringJakub Esportsi – RGabtoon Esports – Zansho Simsport
Further sim racing successes for BMW vehicles and drivers. “Apart from our own BMW SIM Cups, we saw an enormous dynamic in sim racing this year due to the pandemic, which has produced new racing series in extremely quick succession”, says Dittrich. “BMW vehicles and BMW drivers clinched numerous victories and titles on a wide variety of simulation platforms. It was particularly interesting to see how much passion and ambition many BMW works drivers put into sim racing. For this, some of them were rewarded with prestigious victories. I would be happy if we could build on that in 2021. “
One of the big winners from the ranks of BMW works drivers was Bruno Spengler (CAN). He secured two title wins on the iRacing platform. First of all, he won the IMSA iRacing Pro Series in a virtual BMW M8 GTE, which the IMSA series had initiated during the forced break from real racing. In addition to Spengler, many other regular IMSA drivers competed there, including BMW representatives Nick Catsburg (NED), Philipp Eng (AUT), Jesse Krohn (FIN), John Edwards, Connor De Phillippi and Robby Foley (all USA). In autumn Spengler won the title in the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO with Team BMW Bank and his driver colleagues Kay Kaschube and Nils Koch (both GER) at the wheel of the BMW Z4 GT3. All races in this series took place on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.
Eng also celebrated overall victory at the iRacing 24h Nürburgring in the virtual BMW Z4 GT3 together with Laurin Heinrich, Alexander Voß (both GER) and the BS + COMPETITION team. BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Maximilian Günther (GER) secured the pro title in “THE RACE All-Star Cup” on the rFactor2 platform and also cut a very good figure in the “ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge” with several race wins . There, Team Redline driver Kevin Siggy (SLO) secured the Sim Racer title in the virtual BMW iFE.20 and thus also got a place in the finals of the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup at BMW SIM Live. Cem Bölükbasi (TUR) secured twelfth and last starting place for this final with his victory in Jochen Schweizer’s sim racing event. Bölükbasi, Siggy and Heinrich together with Coque Lopez (ESP) formed the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Team in the V10 R-League on the Assetto Corsa platform and celebrated some successes against the top-class competition in the debut season of the team competition.
The DTM also held a digital championship this year. The team title in the DTM Esports Championship on the RaceRoom platform went to the team led by team captain and BMW DTM driver Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). Next to him, Timo Glock (GER) and Lucas Auer (AUT) took part in the virtual BMW M4 DTM as representatives of the professional racing drivers. The Sim-Racer driver’s title went to Moritz Löhner (GER), who, as a member of the Sheldon van der Linde team, also drove a BMW M4 DTM.
BMW SIM Live on December 5, 2020. As part of BMW SIM Live 2020, which will be streamed live on December 5 from 4 p.m. on the BMW Motorsport and BMW Esports channels, the finals in the BMW SIM 120 Cup and in the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. When the race winners of the entire season come together, prize money totaling more than 25,000 euros is at stake.
BMW Motorsport SIM Racing uses the framework of the event to present its extensive program for the coming season. This is being expanded significantly in many areas in order to do justice to the dynamics of the rapidly emerging digital racing segment. The plans include, among other things, the brand cup competitions, hardware developments and collaborations. BMW Motorsport SIM Racing will present some spectacular world premieres on these topics at BMW SIM Live 2020.
Link to the YouTube stream: https://b.mw/sim_live.
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