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BMW SIM Live 2020: BMW Motorsport SIM Racing crowns the best of the year in a virtual show.

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Munich. Spectacular racing, big prize money, award
presentations, sensational world firsts: BMW SIM Live, which this
year was streamed as an online event due to the pandemic,
represented the grand finale of the 2020 BMW Motorsport SIM Racing
season and served up a show full of highlights. In the grand finals
of the BMW SIM 120 Cup and the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup, victories
went to professional sim racers

Joshua Rogers (AUS)
and Erhan Jajovski (MKD). A total prize purse of over € 25,000
was up for grabs in the two races. The event also offered the
opportunity to look back on the extremely successful first season of
the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing commitment, as well as looking ahead
to the programme for the coming season, which is even bigger and better.

 

“In terms of digital activations, sim racing and Esports went through
the roof last year – the figures were really unbelievable,” said
Stefan Ponikva, Vice President Brand Experience BMW, in his opening
speech. “This rapid development shows that we were absolutely right
when we took the decision in 2019 to significantly expand our sim
racing commitment. In the future, we will continue to work to achieve
the perfect symbiosis between real and virtual racing. I can assure
all the fans that sim racing is a fundamental part of our motorsport
and Esports strategy – and it will remain so.”

 

Rudolf Dittrich, Head of BMW Motorsport SIM Racing, said: “BMW SIM
Live was the icing on the cake at the end of the first season of our
expanded BMW Motorsport SIM Racing commitment. Thank you to everyone
involved for the spectacular live show, and congratulations to the two
winners of the grand finals in our BMW SIM Cups, Joshua Rogers and
Erhan Jajovski. Today’s races were top class, as they have been all
season. We saw the best sim racers in the world go head to head in
virtual BMW race cars and are already looking forward to giving them
even more opportunities to compete at the highest level next year.”

 

Rogers and Jajovski win the grand finals.

From a sporting perspective, the spotlight was on the grand finals of
the two BMW SIM Cups at BMW SIM Live. Over the course of the season, a
total of 22 of the world’s top sim racers had qualified for the two
finals via six races in the BMW SIM 120 Cup, in the virtual BMW M8
GTE, and ten races in the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup. The finals were
held as part of BMW SIM Live. The grand final of the BMW SIM 120 Cup
took place on the iRacing simulation platform at ‘Silverstone
Circuit’, as voted for on Twitter by the community in advance of the
event on the iRacing simulation platform. Joshua Rogers took the
victory and was rewarded with a cheque for 12,000 US dollars and a
trophy featuring multimedia elements, elaborately designed by BMW
Designworks. Second and third place went to Maximilian Bendcke (GER)
and Graham Carroll (GBR), who received 6,000 and 3,000 US dollars in
prize money for their efforts. “What an Event! Massive thanks to BMW
who managed to put this event on in spite of the pandemic,” said
Rogers. “First, qualifying went well. I managed to get the lap in when
it counted. Start of the race wasn’t so good as I was falling back
quickly. Then, I tried to pick up places where I could. Did an
aggressive move on Maximilian which did not pay off. I got a penalty
for it, which is fairplay. After that I tried to pick my line and
analyze what was going on. And in the second to last corner the
heavens opened up and the rest is history.”

 

The grand final of the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup took place at the
virtual Nürburgring on the rFactor2 simulation platform. Erhan
Jajovski was victorious in the BMW M2 CS Racing, ahead of Nikodem
Wisniewski (POL) and Risto Kappet (EST). They received € 2,000, €
1,000 and € 500 for their podiums. “In qualifying, luckily I nailed
the last lap, which put me on pole position,” said Javovski. “I am
speechless now, I am so happy and relieved that I got the pole
position and that the start of the race went smoothly. After that I
just kept on driving until the end. I expected to be more under
pressure, but it went my way this time.”

 

Awards, world firsts and looking ahead to the 2021 season.

Within the BMW SIM Live show, which was presented by well-known sim
racing presenter Ben Constanduros and BMW works driver Martin Tomczyk
(GER) as co-presenter, BMW Motorsport SIM Racing presented the “Move
of the Year” and “Influencer of the Year” awards to Carlos Ramos (PUR)
and sim racing YouTuber Jimmy Broadbent (GBR). Ramos caused great
excitement among the community with his spectacular drift pit stop,
while Broadbent thrills thousands of fans every day with his extensive
coverage of sim racing.

 

BMW SIM Live also provided a stage for some sensational world firsts.
BMW works driver Philipp Eng (AUT) presented the steering wheel for
the new BMW GT race car, the BMW M4 GT3, which was developed together
with sim racing hardware manufacturer Fanatec. It is the first
steering wheel in the world that can be used in both a real race car
and a race simulator without any modifications. Other world firsts
included the introduction of the virtual BMW M4 GT3 on the iRacing
platform, before the real race car has even contested its first race,
and the presentation of the “Fusion SL Concept” hybrid furniture,
which can be transformed from modern lounge furniture to a
fully-functioning sim rig in just a few simple steps.

 

Looking ahead to the coming season, BMW Motorsport SIM Racing
presented a comprehensive programme. This includes an even larger
range of BMW SIM Cups, close cooperations with four of the best sim
racing teams in the world, establishing a BMW Motorsport SIM Racing
Academy, and the announcement of the start of a BMW Motorsport SIM
Racing World Tour.

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