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Motorsports events worldwide might be cancelled or postponed, but racing still continues with BMW drivers emerging successful at 'Super Sim Saturday'.

24 Mar 2020 | International News : Germany


BMW Drivers found success in the 'Super Sim Saturday', a series of major sim racing events hosted by BMW.

The drivers saw a one-two-three finish in the virtual MOTUL BMW M8 GTE during the 'IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday' race, with two drivers in 'The Race All-Stars Esports Battle' progressing to the 'Grand Final'. Seven BMW Z4 GT3s also qualified in the digital season-opener of the Nurburgring Endurance Series.

A one-two-three victory was claimed by the BMW M8 GTE at the 'IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday' 
After the MOTUL BMW M8 GTE took victory on the real racetrack at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, it was the turn of the virtual version of the car to taste success at their own, virtual 'Sebring International Raceway'. Bruno Spengler won the 90-minute race on the iRacing sim racing platform, and was followed home by fellow BMW works drivers Nick Catsburg and Jesse Krohn.

The three cars bore the hashtag #STAYHOME. In total, the grid included 20 BMW M8 GTEs, although BMW Team RLL Driver Colton Herta was unable to start due to a technical issue.

Pole position went to BMW M Customer Racing driver, Robby Foley, whose BMW M8 GTE bore the Turner Motorsport livery. He failed to finish the race.

Eng and Gunther emerging successful as they qualify for the finals in 'The Race All-Stars Esports Battle'
BMW Drivers Philipp Eng and Maximilian Gunther both impressed at the second staging of 'The Race All-Stars Esports Battle', which was this time held on the virtual Grand Prix circuit at Indianapolis.

They finished third and fifth in one of the two qualifying races for the professional racing drivers. This was good enough to see them qualify directly for the 'Grand Final', which featured the best professional drivers and sim racers.

Gunther came home 10th in the final. Eng was also on course for a top-10 finish for much of the race, but dropped back to 13th after receiving a penalty.

The BMW Z4 GT3 sported special race livereis featuring the hashtag #STAYHOME
Race one of 'Super Sim Saturday' was also the virtual opening round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series. The four-hour race on the Nordschleife featured a field of more than 50 cars, including seven BMW Z4 GT3s.

Among those in action were BMW Drivers Martin Tomczyk and Jens Klingmann, as well as BMW Junior Team members Dan Harper and Neil Verhagen. They were all making their debut in a GT3 car in a major sim race, and performed well against a strong line-up of sim racers.

Tomczyk and Klingmann finished 12th, while Harper and Verhagen came home 17th. The two BMW Z4 GT3s also sported race liveries featuring the hashtag #STAYHOME.
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