We’ve seen racing championships, manufacturers, and drivers embracing sim racing during a period when motorsport has faced big disruption. And that’s continued as BMW holds a customer racing track day in iRacing.
A variety of drivers from BMW M Customer Racing teams attended the first BMW Motorsport Sim Racing Track Day on iRacing, allowing them to practice and race in the BMW M4 GT4. Attendees included Ben Tuck (GBR / Walkenhorst Motorsport), Daan Pijl (NED / MDM Motorsport) and Ben Green (GBR / FK Performance), as well as Jon Miller (USA / ST Racing) and Toby Grahovec (USA / Classic BMW) from the USA.
Considering the limited availability of driving and testing in the real world, it was a chance to get more familiar with the GT4 BMW, and to return to the experience of close racing. Plus it means the drivers also had the chance to improve their sim racing abilities as well.
To help the customer racing drivers, BMW works driver and successful sim racer Phillip Eng was joined by sim pros Alexander Voss, Laurin Heinrich and Nils Koch.
“With their various commitments and activities, BMW has long demonstrated how seriously they take the field of sim racing,” said Eng. “This event showed that once again. I think it’s great that customer teams and drivers from the BMW Sports Trophy are also being given the opportunity to collaborate with sim experts.”
“I was really happy to do the BMW Motorsport SIM Racing Track Day”, Ben Green confirmed. “It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from speaking to Philipp and the sim racers. It was great to see their set-ups and how they drive the car, which is slightly different in the simulation versus real life, so it was good to learn from their experience. Simulators are very important for me as I use them for practice tracks that I would not get the chance to test at, or at least to get up to speed before I go to the track in real life. I think it’s a very useful tool for that and I am spending more and more time on sim racing as it can train the mind in different ways and you can really benefit from it.”
Various BMW series are running across a variety of sim racing platforms, with the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup currently held on rFactor 2, and the BMW SIM 120 Cup on iRacing.