The success story continues on the virtual Nordschleife: two BMW Z4 GT3s on the podium.

Munich (GER), 30th May 2020. Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO, round five, virtual BMW Z4 GT3, sim racing, simulation, simulator, Nordschleife, Team BMW Bank

Munich. The BMW teams have continued their success story on
the virtual Nürburgring Nordschleife (GER) in the fifth race of the
Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series powered by VCO. The MAHLE
3-hour race on Saturday featured two podium finishes for the BMW Z4
GT3. BMW works driver Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Team BMW Bank secured
second place in the #107 car. Third place went to the Walkenhorst
Motorsport #35 BMW Z4 GT3. A BMW Z4 GT3 also finished in fourth and
fifth positions.

 

Spengler and his team-mate Nils Koch (GER) started the race from
sixth place. Although a 35-second penalty was imposed on them after an
incident with a TCR car, the duo from Team BMW Bank gradually worked
their way up through the field thanks to a smart strategy. After
Spengler and Koch had shared driving duties for three hours of racing,
they were able to celebrate finishing second.

 

The thrilling battle for third place went all the way to the line. In
the end, Christian Krognes (NOR) in the #35 BMW Z4 GT3 was able to
hold off the pressure applied by BMW works driver Philipp Eng (AUT),
chasing him in the #189 car. Krognes and his Walkenhorst Motorsport
team-mate, Mikkel Jensen (DEN), claimed third place.

 

Eng, who again shared driving duties in the cockpit of the
BS+COMPETITION BMW Z4 GT3 with Alexander Voß (GER), had been the best
BMW driver in qualifying, as he secured fourth place. He swiftly moved
into third during the race, but the subsequent battle for second place
saw a collision with the MAHLE RACING TEAM Audi. The resulting penalty
imposed on Eng pushed the #189 back down through the field. Eng
battled back to challenge for a podium finish on the final lap, just
missing out by a few tenths of a second. The Walkenhorst Motorsport
#34 BMW Z4 GT3, driven by David Pittard and Sam and Scott Michaels
(all GBR), finished in fifth position.

 

A total of nine BMW Z4 GT3s were competing in the fifth race of the
DNLS powered by VCO. The other BMW works drivers in the race were
Martin Tomczyk, Jens Klingmann (both GER), Jesse Krohn (FIN), John
Edwards (USA) and Nick Yelloly (GBR), as well as the BMW Junior Team
with Max Hesse (GER), Dan Harper (GBR) and Neil Verhagen (USA).

 

Reactions to the fifth race in the DNLS powered by VCO:

 

Bruno Spengler: “We are very pleased with the second
place. Even though we might even have won the race without that
incident and the resulting 35-second penalty. But that’s all part of it.”

 

Philipp Eng: “Of course, it was a shame that there
was an accident during the battle for second place. I knew that to
have a chance of overtaking in the slipstream, I had to be up close at
the entry to Döttinger Höhe. The initial contact in the Tiergarten
turn was just unlucky. After that I had to go across the grass and
then I touched the other car again when I returned to the track. We
were very close to one another and maybe I didn’t gauge the distance
entirely correctly on the simulator. It’s quite a different feeling in
a real car, as you actually are driving door to door. It’s a bit more
difficult to judge it correctly in sim racing.”

 

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