Team BMW Pro Drivers go Digital This Weekend

by Member - Evanwritescars on March 20, 2020, 3:33 pm

In another example of automakers getting real about virtual racing, BMW today announced that it will have 10 team BMW drivers competing in online racing series this weekend as part of the BMW Motorsport Sim Racing program.

These are some of the team's best drivers, who would normally be competing in GT3 and GTE sportscar racing around the world. The racing starts with the first-ever online round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. A four-hour race around that circuit with more than 50 cars in four classes will include Jens Klingmann and Martin Tomczyk in sharing stints in a Z4 GT3. BMW Junior Team drivers Dan Harper and Neil Verhaagen will split another virtual car.

“I am actually new to sim racing and am naturally a little nervous about my very first race in the simulator. It is fascinating to see how sim racing has developed, particularly in recent years. It is a fantastic alternative to real motor racing for us, particularly at the moment. I can hardly wait to make my debut alongside my team-mate Martin Tomczyk – and on the Nordschleife, of all places,” said Klingmann.

After that comes the second edition of the All-Star Esports Battle presented by The Race. That event will see BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Maximilian Günther behind the sim wheel, joined by BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng.

Four Motul BMW M8 GTE cars will run the 90-minute IMSA Super Sebring race, a replacement for the postponed Sebring 12 Hours. Drivers will include Bruno Spengler, Jesse Krohn, and Colton Herta. More than 20 M8 GTEs will be entered including M Customer Racing driver Tyler Cooke and former Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr.

"Sim racing is an important tool that allows a driver to stay fit. And now, while we are all staying safe we can keep on doing our job. I am pleased to be a part of this event and look to put on a good show along with my BMW colleagues," said Spengler.

Things are different, but when it comes to competition they'll likely still be the same with drivers pushing their virtual cars as hard as they can. They'll just be a bit more comfortable while they do it._a2_

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