Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO champions confirmed

Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO champions confirmed

28.10.2020: The finale of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO was a thrilling event. With three out of four decisions still open, the best simracing was pre-programmed - and the protagonists did not disappoint the fans of the digital racing


The finale of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO was a thrilling event.



With three out of four decisions still open, the best simracing was pre-programmed - and the protagonists did not disappoint the fans of the digital racing series: thrilling battles for position characterised the MANN-FILTER 3h race until the chequered flag fell, and the decisions were only made in the final metres.


After three hours, the winners of the first season in the virtual Nordschleife championship cheered the loudest: Team BMW Bank secured the title in the top class SP9, SimRC triumphed in Cup 2 and CoRe SimRacing had double reason to celebrate: the team won the classes SP10 and SP3T.



The title in the premier class SP9 was won after three hours by Kay Kaschube, Nils Koch and Bruno Spengler. Fourth place was enough to finish the first season of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series as overall winner in SP9. In the end, things got dicey for the trio once again: BMW works driver Spengler, who was leading, took over the cockpit of the BMW Z4 GT3 on lap 19. The 2012 DTM champion did not seem to have much to offer the Simracing pros in their opponents' cars.


But: "A good horse only jumps as high as it has to," Spengler's team mate Koch put into perspective after the race. This was the second time that the day's victory went to the MAHLE Racing Team with Sami-Matti Trogen and Alex Arana in the Audi R8 LMS, who prevailed against Dominik Staib and Agustin Canapino from Williams Esports with a 1.42 second lead.




Jack Sedgwick, Aleksi Elomaa and Philip Ellis in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the MANN-FILTER Team HTP-WINWARD finished the "home game" in third place. Champion Koch continued: "We knew very well which position would be enough to win the title.



Bruno could certainly have held out more, but we didn't want to take any unnecessary risks". Kaschube was also happy: "A great season. Driving against the professionals from real motorsport was a special experience. That would have been unthinkable last year"


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In fifth place followed Laurin Heinrich and Robert Heger for BS+ COMPETITION, another BMW Z4 GT3. The two Mercedes-AMG teams Vodafone Team GetSpeed with drivers Philipp Nölle and Luci Trefz as well as Schnitzelalm Racing with Marcel Marchewicz and Jay Mo Härtling took sixth and seventh positions.



In the Cup 2 class, Claudius Wied drove to the title on his own in a Porsche 911 GT3 from SimRC. Martin Ascher and Marcus Jirak fought with Wied for the lead for laps around the circuit, but in the end had to admit defeat with a gap of 5.21 seconds.



Even before the final the title in the SP10 was decided in favour of CoRe SimRcing. But this did not stop Carl E Jansson and Sindre Setsaas from clinching their fifth victory of the season. The RSO team drove to second place with the drivers Nils Carstensen, Patrick Langkau and Manuel Waibel and thus secured third place in the championship behind Sorg Rennsport eSports GT4. "There's not a thing we can do against CoRe in this class," said Langkau. "Therefore, second place in the race was our goal. We achieved this with a clever tactic".



A small drama took place in the SP3T on the last meters. Like in the previous races CoRe and SimRC fought bumper to bumper over the entire distance. But the showdown at the Döttinger Höhe and in the Hohenrain chicane did not happen. In the last lap a GT4 car went off the track just before the two Audi RS 3 LMS and got into the firing line. A collision was unavoidable.



CoRe hit the barrier less violently and Marius Golombeck and Kimmo Suominen (CoRe) finally took the victory ahead of Felix Luding and Jürgen Frank. "I am almost speechless," Golombeck said after the race. "In the end, I can't imagine anyone better in the cockpit in such a situation than my Finnish team mate Kimmo".



 Frank was very disappointed: "The situation was borderline. Nevertheless we had a great season with CoRe SimRacing. That was great sport. And it will start again soon. And then we will continue where we left off.




Digital racing series enters its second season



To be continued: After the successful premiere of the Digital Nürburgring Long Distance Series powered by VCO, the second season will start in five weeks at full throttle. The DNLS kicks off on 28 November 2020 - then as a winter series with five races over a distance of three hours each until March next year. Information on participation will be published shortly at http://www.VLN.de/dnls.


The dates 20/21



28.11.2020 - Race 1
19.12.2020 - Race 2
16.01.2021 - race 3
20.02.2021 - race 4
06.03.2021 - race 5

 

-KS Media - translated deepl   photos VLN

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